“We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions, and to apply the Geneva Convention to all detainees, including those designated enemy combatants.”
— letter signed by 50 high school Presidential Scholars and handed to President Bush (c) Slate.com and Doonesbury.com, 2007
The above was posted earlier this week. I wasn’t going to insert it here given the obvious political slap to the presidential puss. After some reflection, about what was appropos for this blog, I decided it definitely had a place. The courage of these young people to perform a true act of “speaking truth to power” should be applauded widely. Each one of them is a true “Huck Finn” daring the establised order to do the right thing. I nominate each one of them for the first official “WWHD”-What Would Huck Do Award(tm) of 2007. (See entry 6/4/07 Leaving America’s Hometown.)
Wouldn’t if be nice if somebody with some real clout checked up on these 50 kids to make sure that 1) their actions have not resulted in unnecessary wiretaps or audits of their parents by the IRS, 2) that they each have the resources to completed college without fear of politically motivated “errors” in the delivery of their tuition checks, 3) that each of them be thanked in ways too numerous to count for setting a far better example of being a real American than their President.