Some people were rather shocked and appalled that the audience at the GOP debate applauded when Gov. Rick Perry bragged about how many people he’s put to death in Texas.
As Steve M points out, capital punishment has always been a winner with the “America Fuck Yeah” crowd. And we’ve always been a country that loves the abstract idea of absolutes that fit on a bumper sticker: My Country Right or Wrong, Abortion Is Murder, Guns Don’t Kill People, Hooray For Hollywood.
It’s only when you start thinking about the details and the exceptions that it gets complicated, and we’ve never really been big on that.