Though I’m temperamentally more of an old school Republican (small government = more freedom = better for everybody), the fascist neo-cons have driven me out of the party. Why am I now a registered Democrat? In part so I can vote in Oregon’s closed primaries, in part because of sections like this from the Democratic Party platform:
We will not ship away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far off countries, or detain without trial or charge prisoners who can and should be brought to justice for their crimes, or maintain a network of secret prisons to jail people beyond the reach of the law. We will respect the time-honored principle of habeas corpus, the seven century-old right of individuals to challenge the terms of their own detention that was recently reaffirmed by our Supreme Court. We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, the location of so many of the worst constitutional abuses in recent years. With these necessary changes, the attention of the world will be directed where it belongs: on what terrorists have done to us, not on how we treat suspects.