Sweet! The Senate denies reauthorization of the Patriot Act!
Festivus takes place this Saturday. May God have mercy on our souls.
Also, Bush and McCain have finally come to terms on an agreement to limit torture. This seems to kind of signal a big change in Bush's policy, but Steanso's not going to spend too much time asking questions about the president's change of heart. I'm just glad that we're living in a country that limits torture. It just makes me feel better about who we are as a people and the kind of country that we're living in. It might sound like an overly simplified argument, but I just don't want to live in a place which lowers itself to the same moral standards as wicked people in order to fight the bad things that they're doing in the world. Some people will say that it's impossible to bring bad people to justice without getting your hands dirty, but I just can't accept that line of thinking. I just don't accept any line of reasoning which supports the abuse of human beings as a means to an end. Human beings are ends in themselves (to paraphrase Kant, among others), and to lose sight of this fact is to start down a very slippery slope.