Millions of Americans Flunk A Basic Civics Test in November 2016
Q: In a democratic republic founded on the rights of the individual, with guarantees of due process and protection from cruel and unusual punishment, is it acceptable for the government to torture suspects and murder the families of its opponents?
On November 8 2016, Election Day, Americans face this simple and straightforward test. The Republican Party’s chosen candidate for President, Donald Trump, has:
1. Called for the torture of people suspected but not proven to have committed an offense.
“Torture works. OK, folks? You know, I have these guys — ‘Torture doesn’t work!’ — believe me, it works. And waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it’s not actually torture. Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the question: What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding.” — Donald J. Trump, February 17 2016. Source: http://www.factcheck.org/2016/07/trump-torture/
“We have to fight so viciously and violently because we’re dealing with violent people. What do you think about waterboarding? I like it a lot. I don’t think it’s tough enough.” — Donald J. Trump, June 28 2016. Source: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/06/29/donald-trump-vows-torture-again-i-waterboarding-lot
“This is medieval times. This is medieval times and then ‘we can’t do waterboarding’? It’s ‘far too tough!’ You know, we’re fighting on a different level! See, we’re fighting on a different level folks and we have to be tough and we have to be smart and we have to be in some cases pretty vicious, to be honest with you. Pretty vicious” — Donald J. Trump, October 30 2016. Source: https://newrepublic.com/article/138276/reminder-trump-still-wants-bring-back-torture-build-wall-deport-millions and http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/31/donald-trump-whines-isis-cuts-heads-we-should-waterboard.html
Donald Trump has made it clear: if you elect him, he will be the torture president. Voting for Trump is a vote for torture. It is a vote for cruel and unusual punishment, which directly opposes the U.S. Constitution. It is also a vote to ignore federal law.
Chapter 18 of United States Code, Section 2340 defines the act of “torture” to include the threat of imminent death. The same section of federal law specifies that U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and even foreign agents of the United States who commit torture, whether here or overseas, whether against an American or a foreigner, “shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.” The same federal law stipulates that “A person who conspires to commit an offense under this section shall be subject to the same penalties (other than the penalty of death) as the penalties prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.”
2. Called for the murder of terrorists’ families.
Documentation: “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.” — Donald J. Trump, December 2 2015. Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/02/politics/donald-trump-terrorists-families/
Take out does not mean go on a date with.
Take out does not mean treat terrorists’ families as if they were food to take home from a restaurant.
Take out means kill.
To purposefully kill people who are only guilty by family association is murder.
If you vote for Donald Trump, you vote for torture.
If you vote for Donald Trump, you vote for the political murder of families.
42 percent of voters in the United States say they plan to vote for Donald Trump.
This election is a basic civics test. With 42% of Americans planning to vote for torture, and 42% of Americans planning to vote for the political murder of families, this country has a failing grade. No matter how the presidential election turns out on November 8, 2016, we’ve got to talk about the failure of decency and the failure of civic democracy the day after. When 42% of a country plans to enable political murder and torture, that country isn’t far away from a historic disaster.