Sunday, January 01, 2006

Pat Buchanan on Tookie Williams

In a column yesterday, one of my favorite political figures, Pat Buchanan..looks into the death of Tookie Williams and its impact on Austria's USED TO BE favorite son.. But if Tookie's star is rising, Schwarzenegger's is sinking, and nowhere more so than in his native Austria. In Graz, where he went to school, Schwarzenegger's name has graced the 15,300-seat soccer stadium since 1997 -- and now city officials have voted to remove it. Arnold beat them to the punch. He told Graz's mayor the city could no longer use his name and returned an ornate Ring of Honor given to this most famous American ever to come out of Graz. For it was there Arnold began the bodybuilding career that took him to the Mr. Universe title and on to Hollywood as an action-film star known to the world as The Terminator. In Europe, where the death penalty has been in bad odor since Hitler, Arnold is probably less popular than Bush. German Green Party leader Volker Beck called his refusal to commute Tookie's sentence "cowardly." A Christian political group in Graz wants to rename Schwarzenegger Stadium "Tookie Williams Stadium." "Mr. Williams had converted and, unlike Mr. Schwarzenegger, opposed every form of violence," said Richard Schadauer, chairman of the Association of Christianity and Social Democracy. According to The New York Times, a separate proposal was advanced to honor not just Tookie, but his entire extended family by renaming the stadium "Crips Stadium." I am not making this up. Check out what Snoop Dog had to say at Tookies funeral:"It's nine-fifteen on twelve thirteen/And another black king will be taken from the scene."

11 Comments:

At 1/01/2006 07:48:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

I still don't get why Austria would be mad at Schwarzenegger. Do they just not realize that it is the law and a death penalty can't be commuted unless there's a question of guilt? Schwarzenegger really had NO choice unless the law of the entire state was to be changed.

 
At 1/01/2006 08:35:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

In the article..Buchanan talks about Europes problem with the death penalty since Hitler..

Makes sense I guess..that they would be all crazed about it, but still..at some point people should stop feeling bad about their past..the current young group of germans werent even alive during the 3rd Reich..

 
At 1/01/2006 10:20:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

Well, I can obviously understand their obsessions with the issues of Hitler. I'm not Jewish, Eropean, German or even old enough to actually have witnessed those events but it sickens me just as well. I would even go as far to say that the holocaust represented the worst attrocities of the human race. But to me, that has no connection with Schwarzenegger's control over Tookie William's penalty. He had no [legal] way to stop the execution.

Additionally, why was it ok for those convicted of war crimes in the holocaust to be hung but it's not ok for Tookie Williams in the USA? Were these citizens in Austria fighting to keep those offenders from the death penalty? Seems like a bit of a double standard to me.

 
At 1/01/2006 10:49:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

Sure he did, Lucy. He could have granted clemency, and it would have been perfectly legal. He wouldn't have broken the law in doing so.

 
At 1/01/2006 11:04:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

In California they have the death penalty..

What would the point of the law be ..especially if he has no reason to grant it.

 
At 1/02/2006 12:17:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

I'm just stating that, to stop the execution, he would also be following the law.

 
At 1/02/2006 08:15:00 AM, Blogger AWCheney said...

With regard to the attitude of the Austrians, I believe the fact that they are considering renaming Schwarzenegger Statium Crips Stadium to honor Tookie's "family" says it all.

 
At 1/02/2006 11:59:00 AM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

Maybe if they rename the stadium to "Crips Stadium", the crips and bloods and other organized gangs will move there. That would be fine with me and evidently fine with them as well...

 
At 1/02/2006 12:00:00 PM, Blogger Lucy Jones said...

Willis,

What would his legal reason have been?

 
At 1/02/2006 09:03:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

That Tookie has reformed himself in prison, and is no longer the person he was.

Pretty simple, really.

 
At 1/03/2006 01:21:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

I think Snoop said it far more eloquently than any of us. The gift of oratory is rare and precious. Thanks for sharing that quote with us. I had been having a lot of trouble putting all this in perspective until I read those words.

 

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