Sometimes you really need to think in terms of essentials.
Are the great, integrated-with-human-nature ideas and ideals of Enlightenment—where a state ought to be subject to the same moral code as citizens—the most important thing? Or, is the most important thing the actions of a State that was supposedly-specifically founded on such ideals?
The critical distinction to make is the one over what comes down to lip service vs. action. They always spouted lots of shit. But what do they do, at the same time they’re saying?
There’s another, though. It’s the one that both D and R desperately need for any political parity or gain. You must fool everyone, but the most important fools are the flag wavers who only want a State they can call their own…it’s in advance of the Heaven they can call their own, too. You have to cut to chase: you just call it a war, catch-all style.
What’s particularly prescient to me, though, is that American Flag Wavers lie: they don’t call it Holy (Jihadists are more honest that way). See, doG fearing Republicans are politically powerful; but they principally respect Bibles and preachers, and others of like “mind.” They learned to ‘give unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s’ long time ago, cheap whores they are. They put down swords and reached into pockets instead, placated. It’s geopolitical on scale.
Such is the “Land of the Free” landscape, now—far removed from the rather light theism of the founders born 300-400 years ago. Therefore, if you tell them it’s war! then they think ‘walls-tumbling’ Joshua—or any number of other genocides—and because it’s their doG, they’re OK with it. They read it, or someone preached it to them and they said “Amen Brother”…because they read it, or someone preached it to them before. It’s a circular thing.
…So yea, I got stirred up this morning. Made me weep a bit, even.
He’s been “DETAINED” and “tortured” (when it’s America, torture must be in scare quotes, see?) for 14 years. Took 6 of those for his 400+page NYT Bestseller written in 2005-ish to make it out, with redactions.
I guess there’s that. At least, we don’t have to worry that “freedom of speech” is actually an Enlightenment moral principle, or anything. When we don’t want someone to speak or write free, then we get on the distinction bandwagon. See, he’s not an American citizen under CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS!!! and even more, we’ve labeled him as an enemy combatant. He has no rights; and certainly not, since he’s been subject to “American persuasion” now (euphemisms for tortured), for 14 years.
He has never been charged with any crime. He has never stood trial for any crime. He’s been in prisson for 14 years. Be proud, Americans.
In my book, this makes America a usual suspect at very best. I reaffirm my desire to eventually become a citizen of a peaceful country, and to burn my American passport in effigy.
The last thing I want to do is die as a citizen of a place I didn’t ask to be born in, and that I reject as good and moral.
I’m going to buy and read Guantánamo Diary during my Cabo runtime, all next week. Least I can do.
…Oh, and just as an aside, read that eminently cool dude Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago.