Tuesday, June 26, 2007

575 Days

575 days until Liberty Day ladies and gents. One of the great things about this country is our right to say what we think without fear of reprisal from the government. This right allows me to write rants about George Bush and other matters that I want to voice an opinion on. This right is one of the distinctions of America and has been a hallmark of our fundamental freedoms.
So, I was very pleased to see the article linked to the title of this post. High school students who are part of the Presidential Scholars program collaborated on a letter to the president urging him to disavow torture.
According to the article, the handwritten letter said the students "believe we have a responsibility to voice our convictions."
"We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions, and to apply the Geneva Convention to all detainees, including those designated enemy combatants," the letter said.
The president's spokesperson, Dana Perino indicated that the president appreciated the letter and indicated that we do not torture and we value human rights.
It is interesting that the students felt that they needed to write this letter. According to Ms. Perino, our policy is clear, and we do not torture. Why then, did the students take this bold stance and challenge our president to change a policy which according to his spokesperson he does not have?
Well, it's pretty simple. The students know from information provided via multiple sources, that our hands are dirty. Whether it's at Gitmo or extraordinary rendition to countries "comfortable" with intensive interrogation techniques we would not use, the United States has tarnished itself by utilizing these methods of questioning prisoners in our "war on terror".
The students have it right. The president has it wrong. We need to believe as a people that there are some things our government will not do as a matter of principle. Torture is one of them no matter what name you apply to it.
Bravo to the students,
Reason 575 for wishing an end to this mess: Mr. Bush has to be told right from wrong by high-school students. Isn't this backward? Shouldn't leaders of our country be inspiring and teaching our youth? Thank God for these students. Perhaps he will listen to them. It's certain he is not listening to anyone else.


  1. His finger then, now yours
    here, where master stopped, went back,
    counted syllables.

  2. Wow, what in the world does that mean?