Oh No!—Trump Backs Waterboarding

March 24, 2016

Dear Mr. Trump,

Regarding the March 22, 2016 Reuters article, “Trump backs waterboarding and ‘a lot more’ after Brussels attacks,” it is difficult to defend you among citizens who understand the U.S. Constitution and the proper role of government.

Waterboarding and cruel and unusual punishment doesn’t work, nor are they moral. The Golden Rule states, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.1

Even George Washington treated prisoners with respect, establishing a basis for our nation. The Geneva Conventions treaties outline proper, international behavior of civilians, prisoners of war (POWs) and soldiers. After the atrocities of WW II were disclosed in the Nuremberg Trials, the U.S. was even more committed to fair treatment.

Since 9/11 the U.S. has bombed poor, underdeveloped nations who can do little to fight back. Should we ever get into a war with a major power, the last thing we want is for enemies to waterboard our brave soldiers who you say you love.

Please, stop it. Get advisors to teach you the proper role of government and become its greatest advocate.

Best Regards,

Robert John Stevens


1 Matthew 7:12

21 U.S. Senators Vote Continue Torture

Including Mike Lee? Was something else stuffed in the bill?

  1. Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
  2. Blunt (R-MO), Nay
  3. Coats (R-IN), Nay
  4. Cochran (R-MS), Nay
  5. Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
  6. Cotton (R-AR), Nay
  7. Crapo (R-ID), Nay
  8. Ernst (R-IA), Nay
  9. Fischer (R-NE), Nay
  10. Graham (R-SC), Nay
  11. Hatch (R-UT), Nay
  12. Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
  13. Lankford (R-OK), Nay
  14. Lee (R-UT), Nay
  15. McConnell (R-KY), Nay
  16. Risch (R-ID), Nay
  17. Roberts (R-KS), Nay
  18. Sasse (R-NE), Nay
  19. Scott (R-SC), Nay
  20. Sessions (R-AL), Nay
  21. Vitter (R-LA), Nay

Rubio Did Not Vote

  1. Rubio (R-FL), Not Voting

Cheney: ‘I’d do it again in a minute’ He says the CIA’s actions did not amount to torture.

The words of Matthew 7:16 this morning came to my mind:

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.