Friday, September 22, 2006

Moral Limbo

Paul Waldman points out something sobering about John McCain, Colin Powell, and those other Republicans who have recently stuck their neck out for human decency:

"let’s recall what their brave position on this issue is: The United States of America shouldn’t torture people. It is a testament to how ethically diseased today’s GOP—those guardians of 'moral values,' remember—has become that this is a minority position within their party."

I'm more cynical. I think it's a minority position within America. Instead of judging ourselves by the values of our founders, we now judge ourselves solely by the values of our enemies. If "he hasn’t personally chopped anyone’s head off... you know he’s on the side of the angels." Nietzsche was right about staring into the abyss.

And this too shall pass.

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