American Exceptionalism A Problem

The Republican party is prone to boast how the United States of America is an “exceptional nation” which is not bound by international rules and regulations. International law states that foreign person who is arrested in a strange land has the right to contact someone from their country’s Embassy in order to secure legal help. Humberto Leal, a Mexican national was arrested for the brutal murder of a young girl in Texas, but was never allowed to speak with someone from the Mexican Embassy. Governor Rick Perry, who has denied clemency to 230 cases during his ten year reign as governor of the state. He refuses to hold off the execution of Leal despite pleas by the US State Department. Donald Verrilli, Solicitor of the US, warns there will be serious international complications if the execution takes place. It would result in lessening “the ability of American citizens traveling abroad to have the benefits of consular assistance in the event of detention.”

Heck, we Tea Party folk threw out the British and we don’t want any “furriners” telling us what to do. Anyway, who told an American to spend time with foreigners!