Politics of the golden age
Defend Sacred Human Rights
In the aftermath of World War II, people realized that humanity would not be able to survive a war as terrible as the one it had just waged.
Leaders of the world knew that a different path had to be taken.
In the ashes of that war, an international framework was created that would guarantee the human rights of all people.
Governments of the world came together and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They signed human rights treaties and created the United Nations so that there would always be a place for dialogue.
Decades later, the human rights framework is in tatters. Great powers war with each other, overtly and covertly. Nuclear weapons remain an ever present threat. Torture has reappeared as a permissible government practice. And drone technology permits governments to kill from the skies, without accountability.
Human rights are a promise that humanity makes to itself. It is a promise that no matter how strong a disagreement between cultures and countries, there are some basic dignities we will afford one another. Life has enough pain, enough trauma; what is the sense of adding to each other's suffering with things like torture or arbitrary detention, if we can avoid doing so?
Humanity has strayed far from this sacred promise. And when this promise is broken, we all suffer. We are all at risk of being victims of terrible conduct, of having our lives ripped from under us. No one is safe, and the world, at large, becomes nothing more than a global war zone.
Human rights are a form of the sacred. We must treat these rights as a manifestation of God, of something otherworldly. They must be defended at all costs.
There is a dark side to human nature. Human rights is the only defense to that dark side. They are the only thing that prevent us from opening the gates of Hell on this Earth.
Therefore, let the following be done:
First, all countries must reaffirm their commitment to the defense and protection of human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights treaties, and the Charter of the United Nations.
Second, the United States should issue a global proclamation that it will be the express policy of the United States government to implement the protections afforded by human rights treaties and international human rights law to the greatest extent possible within its territorial borders.
Third, the United States should rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council and become a global leader for the defense and protection of human rights. It is this type of global leadership that will make the United States the envy of the world, and nothing else.