Holding Ourselves to a Higher Standard
Mr. Herbert writes of the efforts of three Republican Senators, John McCain, John Warner, and Lindsey Graham, who are working to pass legislation to "expressly prohibit cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody."
You wouldn't think that you would need to pass laws like this.
This legislation, however has been opposed by the White House.
As pointed out by Herbert,
"Vice President Dick Cheney, in a meeting with Senators Warner, McCain and Graham, said the legislation would interfere with President Bush's ability to fight terrorism."But as Herbert points out:
Senator McCain, of Arizona, argued that the debate "is not about who they are. It's about who we are." Americans, said Mr. McCain, "hold ourselves" to a higher standard.Mr. Herbert suggests that we should be applauding these three Republican Senators and veterans. I second that motion.
America is not always about Republicans and Democrats.
America is about having a higher standard about everything that we do. It is not an acceptable excuse to torture or treat a prisoner inhumanely because of who they are. We act in the ways we choose to act because of who we are!
Thank you Senators!