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  1. Wow, you can tell that Maye’s philosophy is pretty Libertarian – even when it comes to evangelization, he says “…if it’s not offensive to your belief.”

  2. I find it stunningly revealing into the situation to have read that letter. It showed a few things;

    First: Mr. Maye has been spending a great deal of time thinking about his situation.

    Second: It seems to me that he spent a deal of time working on that letter.

    Third: Mr. Maye’s grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, given the above two facts, indicate to me that he isn’t exceedingly well educated.

    And that’s the most damning thing to him in this situation; if the same things had happened to an educated/”sophisticated” man, of *any* ethnicity, it is my sincere belief that he wouldn’t be on death row now.

    I’m hacking at the bit here and I know it… but I’ll finish up by saying one last thing;

    The difference between a population of peons/serfs and a population of free citizens is the education of that population.

    (cont’d)

  3. (cont’d)

    I receive a deal of flack for a position I hold: “Just because you haven’t spent the same amount of effort raising yourself to the level I have spent the effort to raise *myself* to, doesn’t mean I should be required to lower myself to yours.”

    My girlfriend (lived with her for four years now), she used to be one of the biggest sources of that flack. In the last two years, she has gone back to get the education necessary towards working as a social-worker/counsellor. In that time, she has come to adopt my philosophy.

    It concerns me, though, that the vast majority of people in this nation believe it perfectly alright to let yourself be uneducated.

    And again, this is something I have no decent solution for.

  4. Being uneducated shouldn’t get you executed!

    From http://buffaloreport.com/021123rohde.html:

    In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn’t speak up because I was a protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me.

    That text appears in several slightly varying forms but is always attributed to the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöeller (1892-1984).

  5. I actually find his writing to be better than I expected, for some reason. He writes better than most of my friends and classmates in my middle class, Mid-Atlantic public school upbringing. My grammar has probably deteriorated over the years ( too much internet time?), but I took AP English (and passed the exams) and had the highest SATs ( MAth and Verbal) in my graduating class, graduated college, scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT,etc,etc, but I am probably considered “stupid” by people on the internet.. I guess perspective is everything, but I have seen much worse (better?) examples and it takes a lot more to make me think “uneducated.” Perhaps it’s just low expectations, and perhaps some bias ( maybe I expect less from someone from an impoverished, Southern area) on my part.

  6. Wes P — my previous statements were somewhat carefully worded, and linguistic comprehension is one of the areas where the US “mean” english is lacking these days; so I’ll reiterate for the benefit of others who read these posts:

    I am NOT stating being ill-educated *should* get you executed. I am saying that it *IS* getting Mr. Maye executed.

    And I have no good fix for the problem that he represents in that aspect.

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