"The United States today denies love and freedom so deeply that its leaders justify torture and order its use. Our government violates the principles of love and freedom in nearly everything it does, from aggressive wars that have left hundreds of thousands dead, to a 'war on poverty' that has caused millions of children to grow up without their fathers (else momma would lose benefits). The U.S. expresses its coercive, corrupt, and phony 'compassion' by means of a 'war on drugs' that has put millions in prison over the years (mostly for using a safe herb) and created vast and violent criminal empires; the reach of this particular policy has stretched across the globe, wreaking violence and corruption in Columbia, Afghanistan, and many other nations. America has overthrown elected foreign governments (mostly for corporate gain), installed and supported vile dictators, and taught the secret police agencies of those dictators how to torture dissidents and otherwise repress dissent." Column by Glen Allport.