06 May '11, 10pm
Torture: Anti-Military, UnAmerican, and it Doesn't Work Either
Five years ago, we were at a low point in our constitution's history. In 2006, the vote on military commissions (the torture bill) passed in the House and Senate. The political dilemma: oppose it on principle and open yourself up to "soft on defense" messaging vultures during election season, or vote for it and depress your human rights and religious base. For many voters, torture has been a bright line moral issue. After all, America's founders risked everything so that individuals would have the right to trial and to be able to face their accusers. Torture turns the rule of law on its head. As it turns out, their virtuous insight makes tactical sense as well.