McCain Retreats on Terror

Though acclaimed for opposing torture, the Republican presidential nominee votes to keep it

It's imperative for the next president to restore what our name used to stand for in the world. Back in 2005, the Prague Post had an editorial that I commend to Obama: "For Eastern Europe, the value the United States places on individual freedom and human rights has been a beacon. But a beacon can be swiftly extinguished. Meddling with the terms of justice, the current U.S. administration may be doing irreparable harm to a vision of uniform fairness [and human rights] that defines the American national essence and certifies its institutional contribution to human history."

Much more harm has been done to that vision since 2005.

As for whether there will be enough votes to overturn a Bush veto, Senator Obama can play a useful role in that debate—but as of this writing, he has not.

One other reason I'll be voting for him in November has to do with the Supreme Court. If there are vacancies in the next presidential term, McCain has said that he'll nominate justices in the mold of Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts. The Roberts Court has already shown itself to be a broken beacon for those concerned with individual freedoms, both in this country and around the world. Obama is essentially a civil libertarian, which means he could play a crucial role in repairing our highest court.

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