When the State executes a person, WE killed him. WE killed Troy Davis tonight. Tea Party type Americans want to believe the government is an Other. They betray an appallingly un-American understanding of the glory of our great country — its grand experiment in democracy, of government by the people — The government IS us. It is not an Other. We demanded it; We fought for it; We died for it. We committed ourselves to making it more perfect every day and in every way. We began with a Union terribly imperfect and dedicated ourselves to making it more perfect. Americans who turn their backs on the government are turning their backs on the very IDEA of America, of the idea of regular citizens MAKING IT MORE PERFECT. Our government failed tonight. WE failed tonight. WE killed a man who may very well have been innocent.
As a self-governed American citizen, what are YOU going to do today to make our government more perfectly reflect your values?