Fake Debates. Torture.

Changing the subject, loss leaders, asking the wrong question. The purpose of any of these so-called debates is to avoid discussing the issue. The debate about whether or not torture is torture is probably a lot of fun for some people. It allows us to get all excited about something that is not the issue. The issue is that:

1) All high government officials take an oath to support the constitution of the United States of America, and

2) The constitution of the United States of America declares the President and other high officials are required to honor the treaties and agreements of our country, and

3) Torture is a war crime and a crime in the United States of America, both because we agreed to honor the Geneva Convention, and because torture is a crime in the United States of America. It has nothing to do with whoever we don’t like or why we are at war.

Without the rule of law we have no United States of America. Under the rule of law, people must be held responsible for what they choose to do. Otherwise, there is no rule of law. Torturing is illegal. Nobody forced anybody to torture. It’s not possible to force anyone to torture other people.

When we choose to break the law, we know what the consequences are. We make that choice freely and accept the consequences, or we change the law — first and legally.

There is nothing to debate here.

But if we live in a culture where only two human values remain — winning, losing — then of course no discussion is possible and nothing is left to us but the mini-wars of fake debates. And we have shackled our souls to the shame and denial of our own abusive behavior.

Rule of Law

Without the rule of law we have no United States of America.

Under the rule of law, people are held responsible for what they choose to do; otherwise, there is no rule of law. Torturing is illegal. It’s not possible to force anyone to torture. When we choose to break the law, we know what are the consequences.

We make that choice freely and accept the consequences, or we change the law – LEGALLY. Just saying we don’t like it or we don’t believe it does not change the law. Or, of course, the other choice is to not change the law. Nobody is above the law, ESPECIALLY presidents and other leaders. That’s the American way.

Otherwise, there is no United States of America and the American dream is only a fairy tale that we tell to children so they will do whatever we want them to do.