Kings were necessary evils. For the security provided by a national father figure, mankind suffered the indignity and injustice of subjugation, and worshipped another man as a god on earth.
Then in 1776, a few men on the North American continent said, we will suffer no longer. They did not believe that "necessary evils" were so necessary at all.
They fought and died on behalf of the belief that all men could and should be treated with dignity with liberty and justice for all.
In the last 231 years, we have proved that they were right. We have proved that kings were nothing but petty thugs who conned the rest of us into giving in to our fear.
The would-be kings, those who indulge their own greed and hunger for power at the expense of others' freedom have not left us.
Today they ask our complicity in their disgusting endeavors.
Once again, the United States government has claimed that its "enhanced interrogation techniques" are not torture, despite the fact that some them, such as water-boarding, were invented in the Spanish Inquisition.
This argument is an insult both to people with eyes to see and minds to think and to people with pride in their unique nation. It was to keep events like the Inquisition from ever happening again that this country was founded.
But, they will say, torture is necessary to keep us safe. Nonsense. Every single expert not in the direct employ of the administration that includes experts from the Pentagon itself has said that torture is as ineffective as it is immoral. In fact, it is counter-effective. Information gleaned from torture is more likely to be wrong than it is to be right. People being tortured will lie to get you to stop.
We are not suggesting that we do not fight the War on Terror. Quite the opposite, we are suggesting that we need to start fighting the war on terror and stop aiding and abetting it. Torturing prisoners not only sends us to fight the wrong battles, it helps our enemies recruit.
But the U.S. has been successful in similar endeavors in the past. Historically, it has been when we have had the strength and courage to preserve freedom and justice and not give in to the temptations of vindictive thuggery that we have prevailed.