In a strange twist, Republican candidates now must seemingly prove their pro-death bona fides to the Tea Party extremist base. In the last two Republican debates the crowd has made it clear that death is preferable to life, eye-for-an-eye-tooth-for-a-tooth is preferable to love thy neighbor and blessed-are-the-peacemakers and good-samaritanism and so forth. (Videos below)
First, last week, the crowd erupted in cheers when Rick Perry's record of over two hundred executions was brought up (including at least one innocent man, and probably others):
Next, this week, the crowd yelled out in favor of and cheered the idea of letting an uninsured man die:
Add to this list the generally hawkish, pro-war Republican stances and suddenly the pro-life, anti-abortion wing of the Republican party seems oddly out of place. After years of sowing the seeds of fear-mongering politics, the Republican strategy has worked: I am scared for America.