Well, that's settled. We all agree torture is unequivocally evil. Yet we're faced with the imminent prospect of its legalization. What are we going to do about it?
To paraphrase one of my favorite authors, "We won't stop this by being shocked and sad, dear friends." Our Republican-led Congress (in collusion with a Republican executive) is on the verge of abrogating fundamental human rights long considered inalienable, and they will do so for the most cynical of reasons–for political gain. In a clearly Rovian maneuver to try to back congressional Democrats into a corner, the GOP will unhesitatingly abandon this country's basic moral principles to hang on to power. And we'll stand back, shocked and sad, and watch it happen.
Or will we? If ever there was an issue calling for action, this is it. It's time for the pulpits of this country to thunder with righteous wrath at our morally bankrupt political leadership, and it's time for the rest of us to hit the streets. What if we loaded up the church buses, drove down to DC, and camped outside of the congressional offices, refusing to budge until we'd secured committments from our legislators that they would oppose any bill sanctioning brutality?
What do you say?