Whose Words Will You Hear?


There have been lots of people writing about this for the past several days. Last week when talk of the three "principled" republicans was all over the news assuring us that they would keep the President from allowing legalized torture, deep down in my heart I knew better, just as I know that Sen. Specter will cave on habeas corpus.

The blogs have been abuzz with outrage for good reason. Now they are looking for the "right" moral words, the "right" moral voice to rise above the fray in a way that can be heard. Sadly, tragically, that won't happen. Since when do we need some magic words to replace the simple statement that "We don't torture people. It's inhuman and Unamerican?" Will religious or scriptural words say it any better? Will they have more meaning? if so, to whom? Who is eager to hear them besides the liberals and progressives that are already outraged beyond belief?

The people who want to legalize torture and do away with habeas corpus also want to absolve all who have tortured or taken part in the cover up of their legal "sins." Well, that's to be expected from the gang who have been running this country into the ground for the past almost 6 years. God forbid anyone should be held accountable to anyone for anything.

This is the week of the Jewish New Year. One of the classic readings in the liturgy is this:

Let us proclaim the sacred power of this day;
it is awesome and full of dread.
For on this day Your dominion is exalted,
Your throne established in steadfast love;
there in truth You reign.
In truth You are
Judge and Arbiter, Counsel and Witness.
You write and You seal, You record and recount.
You remember deeds long forgotten.
You open the book of our days,
and what is written there proclaims itself,
for it bears the signature
of every human being.

On Rosh Hashanah it is written,
on Yom Kippur it is sealed:
How many lives shall pass on, how many shall come to be;
who shall live and who shall die;
who shall see ripe age and who shall not;
who shall perish by fire and who by water;
who by sword and who by beast;
who by hunger and who by thirst;
who by earthquake and who by plague;
who by strangling and who by stoning;
who shall be secure and who shall be driven;
who shall be tranquil and who shall be troubled;
who shall be poor and who shall be rich;
who shall be humbled and who exalted.

But REPENTANCE, PRAYER, and CHARITY temper judgment's severe decree.

For a religious person, this might make sense. But the people serving in the highest offices in the country are not religious people. They have no faith, no hearts, no souls. They care only about power and wealth and will do anything to hold on to them.

As Rosh Hashanah gives way to Yom Kippur, tradition says that the book of life is opened and God makes decisions about who shall live, who shall die, who shall see ripe old age, who shall not, etc. This is the week those decisions are made. This is the week for believers to get their spiritual houses in order. This is the week for making amends. BUT, and this is a huge caveat, people cannot ask forgiveness of God for the sins they have committed against one another, only for the sins committed against God. Face to face atonement is required before sundown on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

There will be nothing this Administration can do that can forgive them for what they are about to do. And there is nothing the compliant Congress can do either if they let this travesty happen and I speak of the Democrats as well as the Republicans. There are no perfect words of morality that can be uttered to stop them if they don't get it deep in their own hearts and souls. And if they don't, there is no hope for them. Not in this world or in the next (if there is one).

This is not about protecting the American people from terrorists and EVERYONE knows it. The question is who will stand up and put a stop to it?

Is there no one left that has the moral fortitude to stop this?