The belief that we should respect our own laws, international treaties, and fundamental human rights, even when dealing with those accused of terrorism, is very much a minority view, and every time liberals speak out against torture they cost themselves votes.
Winning in politics is important, of course, and rarely more so than now, when the ruling party’s contempt for the law, for fair play, and for the national interest create a profound threat to the Constitutional order.
But Vince Lombardi was wrong: there are more important things than winning, and maintaining human decency and national self-respect is one of them. I’m sorry to be on the losing side, but I’m not sorry to be on the side that doesn’t want to win at the price of going along with torture, rather than the side that not only orders torture but uses its willingness to do so to gain political advantage.
Query for those opponents of torture who still support the GOP: Which side do you want to be on?