BUCHANAN: Look, doctors regularly, daily, inflict horrible pain on patients. They cut them open and they put new hearts in them. And it’s horrible pain. It’s done for their own good to save one life. If you can do it to save one life, why can’t you inflict pain on a guilty man to save 100 lives?
ROTH: Pat, come on.
PRESS: Come on.
ROTH: You don’t see a difference between consenting to an operation to save your life vs. forcing severe pain on somebody else? Please. You don’t really believe that.
BUCHANAN: Listen, oh, I do believe…
This is why torture is a taboo that should not be broken, because once it is people start thinking the way Pat Buchanan does. And once you start thinking like that, there’s simply no end to the justifications you can come up with to do anything you want.
This really isn’t negotiable, folks. Once you cross this line, it’s hard to ever come back. This is not the kind of country we want to have.