I was brought up to give high regard to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. I will not go into that. Just know there was a culture of patriotism through the 1950s – 1980s that some of us naturally adopted. That was part of the lens through which I saw things as it was important to ensure one’s community endured and thrived. Any sacrifice required for the ideals of freedom would be paid. Eventually I lived to see the shock of 9/11. I saw the portrayal of patriotism in a more intensified form.
Skipping ahead to 2014 we learn that people were tortured in order to save the country. The problem with torture is that it is an act contrary to the concept of free will. It asserts that the ends justify the means by any means necessary. If the ruling belief is that the goals of the country are more important than the values of the country, by any means necessary, the long-term survivability of the U.S. Constitution looks weak. It means that to run the country tomorrow, when push comes to shove, the values must go. This, is at least an implicit lesson on display.