What does the United States stand for?

I have been striving for several days to put together a post that encompasses a number of different, seemingly disparate topics into one whole than points to a fundamental principal upon which our Constitution is based.

I have failed.

I have been so busy trying to establish myself in the US again after moving back from France that I have not had the time to compose the words upon a topic that I feel is vitally important.

What kind of nation are we that we feel the need to actually have a debate between our executive and legislative branches upon whether torture should be permitted?

Think about that a moment.

What kind of nation are we that we feel the need to declare citizens of our country “enemy combatants” with no recourse to any appeal?

Think about that a moment.

I cannot stress enough, ask yourself, what exactly does the United States stand for?

Do your own math.

Cross-posted to Random Fate.

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