The United States of America has in its two-hundred-plus year history been forced repeatedly to hew back to its ideals when it gets off track. Whether by a missive written by slaves during the American Revolution including themselves in that “all men that [were] created equal” concept; or the thrashing of Southern secession by Union Troops; or the Seneca Falls Convention and the Iron Angels’ protests for suffrage; or imprisoned Japanese Americans saying NoNo; or Rosa Parks and Martin King sitting and standing for their just deserts; or Cesar Chavez refusing to eat until migrant farm workers had bread; or Barack Obama being elected President of the United States to cleanse the infested wounds of disaster capitalism and war profiteering and economic tsunami that was the Bush/Cheney administration. (and now Attorney General Eric Holder is opening investigations of the torturers who went “beyond their guidelines”)
Like one of the stubborn ghouls in a bad scary movie, the former Vice President just won’t go away. He’s already pushed a devastating agenda on the United States and by extension, the world. He’s already authorized assassination from the office of the Vice President. He’s already waged a “War on Terror” which we should truly call a “War on the Constitution”, as he claimed that the VP is not part of the executive branch of the government, even as he gathered more and more power to the executive branch and refused to be held accountable. He was the first and loudest to mouth the fictitious claim in public that Saddam Hussein was involved with 9/11, and that the invasion of that country was justified. And he’s been lying more since he left office, saying that “torture worked and kept us safe” in order to cover his crimes and the crimes of others.
Dick Cheney thinks torture is okay. So does his daughter. Unfortunately, they aren’t brave enough to stand up and simply say that. Instead they hint that its legal, that its okay, that its American to do. It’s obvious that they believe it, because they won’t stop torturing the American people – they’re on television or in the newspaper daily screeching about how the current administration is making us as a country less safe, and how holding them or the people who worked for them responsible is “bad.” Simply put, they’re wrong.
Torture is bad. It’s against the American Way. And it doesn’t work or keep us safe.