Some Dare Call It Treason

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On May 17, President Trump sent forth the following idiotic tweet:

My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!

The president’s tweet responded to the constant, equally idiotic accusations of his highly placed enemies that he himself was guilty of treason — supposedly for colluding with the Russians, actually for committing lèse majesté against the political class. But that doesn’t mean he’s right to take up their theme. “Treason” has a definition, and one of the worst things that can happen to the republic is for definitions to be widened by people in power until suddenly, anyone can be accused of anything.

It’s not a complicated matter. Anyone who can read the Constitution can understand the treason clause.

In The God of the Machine, Isabel Paterson pointed the significance of Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution:

The treason clause remains unique in all the long record of political institutions. In the first place, it declares that there is no such crime as treason in peace time. “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Nothing but armed rebellion or joining with an enemy nation — and nations are, by definition, enemies only when at war — can be treason.

That’s it. It’s not a complicated matter. Anyone who can read the Constitution can understand the treason clause. As recent years have shown, however, practically no one in power has ever read anything more challenging than slogans and donor lists.




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Michael F.S.W. Morrison

If treason is giving aid to our enemies, then by gosh there was a lot of treason in the 2016 election.
CNN, for example, gave aid and comfort to the advocates of greater governmental control over the lives of United States individuals.
In fact, let's be blunt: Our number one enemy is government, and not just the federal government.
Certain states, such as California and New York, are just filled with politicians and bureaucrats who seem to believe their life's work is to further enslave each and every individual.
OK, if you think "slave" is too strong a term, how about "serf"?
Perhaps politicians and bureaucrats cannot literally and actually sell us, but because we United States individuals are required to carry a government-issued card embossed with a government-issued number, and without that card and number we cannot apply for a job, open a bank account, apply for a driving license, or register to vote (except in California where apparently even U.S. citizenship is not always required), I say we are serfs.
In other words, essentially we must have government permission to exist.
So, doesn't that prove government is our enemy?
So anyone giving aid and comfort to government can, with no more than a slight stretch, be accused of treason. Q.E.D.

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