Shep Smith appears to still have a soul:
For the YouTube impaired, Shep says, “We are America! I don’t give a rat’s ass if it helps. We are America! We do not fucking torture!”
It used to be that Smith’s comment would have been uncontroversial, even on a conservative station like Fox News. Oh, the profanity would have gotten him into trouble, I suppose, but the comment itself, or his comment in another segment that, “We are America, we don’t torture! And the moment that is not the case, I want off the train! This government is of, by, and for the people — that means it’s mine. That means — I’m not saying what is torture, and what is not torture, but I’m saying, whatever it is, you don’t do it for me! I want off the train when the government starts — I want off, next stop, now!” — that was just what America was, and everyone agreed on it.
Sadly, today we have the dead-enders arguing over whether there aren’t legitimate policy disagreements regarding torture, and whether we oughtn’t just sweep things under the rug, let a new day dawn and all that. Because for too many Americans, torture is A-OK.
Incidentally, a newly-spreading meme on the right is that if there are hearings into torture, things could get uncomfortable for some Democrats. To which I say: good. Those Democrats who signed off on torture are no less culpable than the Republicans who signed off on torture, and I have no sympathy for them. If Sen. Feinstein ends up in the dock alongside Gov. Bush and Secy. Cheney, I won’t shed any tears. You see, for me this isn’t a partisan issue; it’s a moral issue. Like Shep Smith, I want us either not to torture, or I want off the ride. Because pace the Republican mantra, I love my country, and love what it once stood for, even as I acknowledge that we often failed to live up to the standards we set for ourselves. And I hate like sin the fact that so many of the things I love about America were cast aside by the Bush Administration in a fit of paranoia and terror.