If anyone is still doubting that Rick Perry is going to sit the next Presidential election out, the death of Humberto Leal Garcia at the end of this past week, should lay all doubts to rest.
Leal is pretty much a poster child for all that Rick Perry stands for. First, Rick Perry hates illegal immigrants. Hates them. No, not because they are in his state, not because they vote (they don’t and there is no evidence that they do), and not because they take jobs away from citizens and food from the mouths of decent white children. He hates them because he has to in order to remain in office. Perry’s base hates Mexicans so he must also.
Second, Perry hates the feds. Hates them. Not because they won’t give him any money. They have, hand over fist and Perry has accepted all of it except when it benefits people like the unemployed in his state.
(By the way, Perry hates the unemployed because it gives lie to his myth of “the Texas miracle”).
But now combining the two, illegal aliens and hatred of “federal overreach” we have the former living human being Humberto Leal Garcia.
Leal, a Mexican national, was tried and convicted of capital murder. Itself not very newsworthy except for the fact that as a signatory of the Vienna Convention guaranteeing that citizens arrested in foreign countries would have the benefit of a helping hand from consular officials from their home countries, the United States, and in this case, the state of Texas, was obligated to let the Mexican government come to Leal’s aid in his trial.
But Leal was never made aware of his rights, and the Mexican government was never notified that he was being tried for capital murder.
So Leal was tried, convicted, and on Friday, executed by lethal injection.
The Supreme Court refused to hear the case to stay the execution by 5 to 4. Rick Perry refused to grant a stay and even went to the extent of refusing to take the call of the Ambassador from Mexico.
Most people would be horrified at this. Americans, now, as it currently stands, are at risk of being similarly treated when the venture abroad.
Perry’s base is thrilled. Oh yeah man, you bet they are.