Is Murdering People Bad? Arkansas GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson Not So Sure

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Is Murdering People Bad? Arkansas GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson Not So Sure

For years, the Right warned of the dangers of "moral relativism," of liberals refusing to subscribe to traditional morality standards and not really caring what other people do so long as they are not hurting anyone. In their estimation, this would lead the country down a dark and frightening path to moral decay and probably also communism. Everything was a slippery slope. You don't send people to prison for 20 years for having some pot on them? Soon all of your children will be doing heroin. You let gay people get married? Soon people will be marrying sheep and there will be nothing we can do about it!

Donald Trump, clearly, was the beginning of the end of this. In order to accept him as their Dear Leader, they had to make a conscious decision that his moral and ethical failings didn't matter. They had to decide that, actually, there really wasn't anything wrong with having multiple divorces, or cheating on your wife with porn stars, or talking about how much you like grabbing women by the pussy, or otherwise being an objectionable person from a moral and ethical standpoint. And now, at least one is going even further to excuse the behavior of Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

In an appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, co-anchor Martha Raddatz asked Arkansas GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson about QAnon congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. Specifically, she asked if he felt Greene's expressed support for having Nancy Pelosi executed was a sign that perhaps she is unfit to serve.

Hutchinson's response:

"I'm not going to answer that question as to whether she's fit to serve because she believes in something that everybody else does not accept. I reject that. But she's going to stand for reelection. I don't think we ought to punish people from a disciplinary standpoint or party standpoint because they think something a little bit different."

Murder! Is it good or bad? Reasonable people can disagree! And Hutchinson himself has seemingly never met an execution he didn't like, so who is he to judge? After all, everyone needs a hobby. Some people like quilting, others collect coins, and Marjorie Taylor Greene appears to find joy in fantasizing about executing her political enemies. She's just a little different, a little quirky. Like Zoë Deschanel if she were cast as Manuel Noriega in a Hollywood biopic. It takes all kinds.

If you start disciplining elected officials for openly fantasizing about murdering the speaker of the House, where does it end? Hutchinson explained that the people in her district elected her, and that they alone should be the ones to say if her belief in Jewish Space Lasers is a problem, and they can express that belief at the ballot box in two years.

"I would not vote for her. The second question is, should the House of Representatives make a disciplinary call on her? I'm not going to get in the middle of that. They're going to have to make that judgment," the governor said. "The people of her district elected her and that should mean a lot. They elected her and she's going to run for reelection and she'll be accountable for what she said and her actions."

But other than that? Live and let live. Except for anyone Marjorie Taylor Greene might opine about needing to be executed, we guess.


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