Following James Dobson’s lead, I think it’s time for me to make an election pledge of my own:
1) I will not vote for any candidate who thinks it is ok to torture people–that is, to extract information from prisoners (or “detainees”) through violence and intimidation.
Any candidate who believes that torture is a legitimate activity for a state lacks the character and moral fortitude necessary to be Commander in Chief, and lacks the compassion to make decisions that routinely effect millions of the most vulnerable people in the country.
2) I will not vote for any candidate who tells me that we can lower taxes, decrease the deficit, and increase spending all at the same time.
Any candidate who says all of these things is either a) willing to say absolutely anything to get elected and cannot be trusted at all, or b) lacks even a basic understanding of economic and fiscal policy and cannot be trusted to manage the American economy.
What I find particularly depressing about the current election is that these two simple checks exclude every Republican (except possibly Ron Paul), and one or two Democrats. How pathetic.