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Brian Williams Never Loses Sleep

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September 29, 2011 | 1,665 views | 1 comment

By Robert Morrison

Brian Williams: "Governor: Have you struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any one of those [persons executed in Texas] might have been innocent?"

Gov. Perry responded, "No, sir."

Could there have been a more "loaded" question? The premise of the question was that capital punishment is wrong, that there are likely to be errors in the administration of it, and that Gov. Perry must be a callous person if he did not lose sleep over his role in the application of Texas' laws.

Well, Winston Churchill did lose sleep over capital punishment. When he served as Britain's Home Secretary prior to World War I, it was his mournful duty to approve state-sanctioned hangings. Churchill hated that part of the job. He was the first Home Secretary to go into British prisons and he recommended a number of important reforms. He made British justice more humane. He sought desperately for some extenuating circumstance to justify leniency in the application of the death sentences he was forced to approve. But he never called for the abolition of capital punishment.

Here's a question Brian Williams would never ask, say, of New York's governor:

Williams: "Gov. Cuomo: New York State pays for more abortions every year than Texas has approved executions in the last decade. Have you ever struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any of those [put to death] might have been innocent?"

To Williams and his fellow members of the journalistic elite the idea that unborn children might be regarded as persons is ridiculous. But unborn children were so regarded for hundreds of years, prior to 1973 and Roe v. Wade. Before the Supreme Court's act of "raw judicial power," the abortion laws of the fifty states were found where? In the homicide sections of state law. Homicide is defined as the killing of human beings, persons.

Scripture takes every human life seriously. The life of a condemned killer still has sanctity. That's why, in the Old Bailey in London, the magistrate would put a black hat on top of his large, white wig and pronounce: "...and may God have mercy on your soul" when forced to sentence a man to hang.

Scripture also cares about the life of the unborn. In Psalm 139:13, we read: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." The Boston Globe recognized this truth several years ago when it published an amazing story, "Inside the Baby Mind." (

This article confirms the reality of a mind forming early and capable of vast imagination. Unless, of course, you think that all of this springs into being the moment the child is born. And sophisticated people think we are looking for storks!

Brian Williams has recently told us that he dropped out of college. No shame in that. Before that, though, he says he read a lot of Nietzsche and Machiavelli ( Hmmm. I'm not sure how such fare prepares you to question possible presidents or how either of these writers gives one a moral foundation sufficiently elevated that you can so clearly look down your nose at a candidate for the White House.

Many of those on trial for war crimes at Nuremberg could well have cited Nietzsche and Machiavelli in their defense. They never lost any sleep over the millions of innocents they put to death.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes that it would be discriminatory not to pay for the killing of unborn children in New York. If a woman cannot afford an abortion, then right-thinking, or should I say, left-thinking people have an obligation to provide the means for the extinguishing of their lives. To them, it's a convenient truth.

Happily for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he will never be asked such a question. Brian Williams would be read out of the journo fraternity if he dared to ask such a question. Like his father before him (Gov. Mario Cuomo), Andrew believes that only the innocent should be put to death. They should die in their thousands and hundreds of thousands. And you never lose a minute's sleep over it.

Robert Morrison is senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council.
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