Monday, November 14, 2011

Today, I'm Thankful For Jon Huntsman And Ron Paul

I was traveling home with high school debaters while the Republican presidential candidates were engaging in an activity that confuses sound bites with cogent argument.  Conor Friedersdorf reports that I have reasons to respect two of the participants in the most recent cliche fest.

First, Jon Huntsman took a solid stand for the American values I grew up with and spoke out against torture.  Friedersdorf writes, 
Jon Huntsman made the most eloquent case against waterboarding.
"This country has values," he said. "We have a name brand in the world... I've been an ambassador for my country three times. I've lived overseas and done business. We diminish our standing in the world and the values that we project that include liberty and democracy, human rights and open markets when we torture. We should not torture. Water-boarding is torture. We dilute ourselves down like a whole lot of other countries and we lose our ability to project values that a lot of people in a lot of corners of the world are still relying on the United States to stand up for." 
Friedersdorf also reports that Paul took a stand against the American government sanctioning the assassination of one of its citizens.
Ron Paul was the savior on this issue. 
"We're at war against a tactic and therefore there's no limit to it," he said, condemning Obama's assassinations. "We create these monstrosities and we do things outside the law... You want to live within the law. And obey the law. Because otherwise it's going to be very bad for all of us. And this whole idea that now we can be assassinated by somebody we don't even like to run our medical care, they're giving this power to the president to be the prosecutor, the executor, the judge and the jury." As Adam Serwer mused on Twitter, "Paul remark goes at heart of contradiction of modern conservatism: Government is only infallible when it kills people."

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