liberal ["liberalis" L - suitable for a freeman, generous; "eleutheros" Gk - free] (adj) generous, open-minded, not subjugated to authoritarian domination; (n) one who believes in liberty, universal suffrage and the free exchange of ideas. elite ["eslire" Fr -- to choose fr.L "eligere" -- choose] (n) the choice part; best of a class; the socially superior part of society.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Fighting Terror With Terror

The elevation of the voting public to the role of sovereign in our democratic society is the greatest expression of upholding human rights we can attain.

Any deeds or actions purportedly made on behalf of the sovereign people of the United States must uphold that high standard of human value that underpins our freedom and elevation of human rights.

This is why, according to Nedra Pickler of the AP, Senator Durbin,

the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, made [a] comparison during a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday after reading an FBI agent's report describing detainees at the Naval base in Guantanamo Bay as being chained to the floor without food or water in extreme temperatures.

The "comparison" was a metaphor. It consisted of Durbin saying:

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings...

Scott McClellan couldn't see the connection. He didn't understand that inhumane treatment of other human beings is not a matter of degree but of principal. Humane treatment is the exception that the world -- behind our leadership -- has been striving to attain. But not according to McClellan. He sanctions torture, apparently.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said it is "beyond belief" that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin would compare treatment of dangerous enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay to the death of millions of innocent people by oppressive regimes.

"Our men and women in uniform go out of their way to treat detainees humanely, and they go out of their way to uphold the values and the laws that we hold so dear in this country," McClellan said.

This is now the weekly soap opera of disease and denial on the Potomac. It is a cheap replacement for the real historical drama leading up to the rescue, by liberty under law, idealism and character, of the highest qualities in human nature -- such as reason, honesty and compassion -- from the lowest, such as fear and hatred.

Read your Bible, Mr. McClellan. Micah 6:8

8He has (A)told you, O man, what is good;
And (B)what does the LORD require of you
But to (C)do justice, to (D)love kindness,
And to walk (E)humbly with your God?

Or maybe you heard it this way: Mt 22:34-40:

34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

36"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[a] 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."


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