treason [tree-zuh n] noun
1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.
sedition [si-dish-uh n] noun
1. incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
2. any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion.
These words are often thrown around to describe the actions of distrusted and disliked politicians. They are often not serious accusations. They are often thrown around without a full understanding of what they mean. They have been used often over the last two days. The offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign. When one looks at how the Koch Brothers have paid off the politicians who are slowly but surely gutting useful laws protecting consumers (the population at large) by putting their own representatives in government through throwing a hell of a lot of money into political campaigning and lobbying, it appears they are guilty of this action. We went from being a fairly bi-partisan governing body that was fairly evenly split and willing to work together for the good of the country to a broken body with splinters that have made it impossible to get anything done for the good of the general population. The Majority have been hurt by this governing body which refuses to govern. One could conclude that they have effectively overthrown the government by rendering it ineffective. Not surprising that they used hate and fear to garner support for these actions; something they learned from evil men who came before them, the likes of Hitler and Stalin.
A violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state. First, I want to look at one’s sovereign. Also according to the dictionary.com from which I took the definitions above, the word sovereign means ruler, king or someone with supreme authority, power or rank. The office of the president definitely falls into that category. So, who has violated allegiance to the sovereign in this country? It appears that 47 senators did just recently. Given the definition of sovereign, the President of the United States cannot be said not to be the sovereign. The presidency is the highest office in the country and considered the highest rank. So let’s look at ‘violation of allegiance’ for a moment. Allegiance by definition from the same source is primarily the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign. Again, the word specifically applies to the sovereign.
The first argument I can hear coming to this before any word is spoken is that the Senators swore no allegiance to the president. Whether they did or not is rendered irrelevant when one considers that we all, as grade school students pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. They swore allegiance to this nation as children; they did so again when they were sworn into public office. One could argue that while they never swore fealty to the President, they swore to uphold the Constitution as a condition of holding their position. In doing so, they swore to do what’s best for the people of this nation who are their employers. And yet over the past 6 years, they have done nothing but obstruct progress in improving the state of the nation. They’ve denied climate change, thereby supporting the poisoning of our environment which puts our health at risk. They’ve denied veterans their health benefits and stood against jobs bills that would help those veterans support their families after their service ended. They’ve sought to force even more pollution on us through the KXL Pipeline which would go over aqueducts that supply millions with clean drinking water. They’ve cut education budgets thereby denying our children a quality education. Each of these actions work against the success of this nation in a multitude of ways; which prompts me ask one glaring question. Just where does their allegiance lie? It’s not with the president; it’s not with this nation or her people. So yes, they have violated their allegiance to their sovereign AND their state.
The betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery. We as a republic vote for our representatives to act on our behalf and in our best interest. It is how a republic is supposed to work. The current congress and the previous one, manipulated by the tea party republicans has been a do-nothing congress. They have passed nothing that would have a significant impact on the success of our nation simply because it had our president’s name on it or had his backing or his signature or endorsement on it. They did so to our detriment. So has there been a betrayal of trust? Absolutely. They betrayed us, we the people of the United States of America. They have kept our nation from becoming much stronger through acting to improve infrastructure and add jobs to our economy. They have stood against raising the minimum wage so that the majority of us are left behind to struggle for our needs and eliminate our ability altogether to be able to afford anything beyond needs. Without that ability, the nation cannot grow. The economy suffers when the average citizen cannot afford to buy anything because it takes all he can make to keep a roof over his head and food on his table. Therefore, they have betrayed us by denying us the very nourishment a struggling nation needs.
And then there is Sedition.
Incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government. From the beginning of the Tea Party Movement, its leaders have been telling its followers that ‘Obama is coming to get your guns” or “This country is going to be under Sharia Law because the president is a Muslim”. They even claimed “the President isn’t even American, he was born in Kenya” while not even considering the fact that even if he were, his mother is an American. They even devoted a whole ‘news’ network to the incitement of discontent and rebellion against the government. Faux News encourages the reporting of unverified stories and outright lies, even lies that have been debunked multiple times. And they feed it more daily. It’s as simple as that.
Any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion. Faux News, right wing websites, right wing media rags and now an actual letter to an enemy foreign leader, I think they have speech, writing and promoting covered. Every single Tea Party Republican who speaks out against the president making false claims about his intentions is promoting rebellion. Anyone who encourages others to speak out against him are also guilty of inciting rebellion.
The president is in the process of negotiating along with other nations who are our allies with Iran to come up with a peaceful solution to our problems. He is not acting alone. He is acting in the best interests of not only our country but also in conjunction with other leaders acting in the best interests of their countries. The actions of our president are all part of international relations. We are not a rogue nation anymore. He is not a rogue president. He is not someone other nations fear and he shouldn’t be. He is not the aggressor that other nations have hated us in the past for. He is working toward peace. The actions of the 47 congressmen were an effort to do one of two things. Help the enemy by warning him of the possibility of future actions so he doesn’t waste his time trying to depend on the negotiations to bring forth a strong solution when there is none coming, or working against our president and our country by inciting war. Either is, by definition, is treason and sedition.
It is time for this nation to stand up and in one voice say “NO. This is NOT who we are.” It’s time for the world to know that we do not support the aggression displayed by these leaders. We are not a nation of hot heads that want to attack anyone and everyone. We are tired of being led into wars we don’t want. We are sick of losing our soldiers to rich men’s wars. It’s time for us to speak in one voice and demand that these men and women to be brought up on charges for treason and sedition. It’s time for them to lose their meal ticket on our dime. They should be tried, convicted and stripped of their obscene retirement plans. It is time for them to pay for their crimes against the people of the United States of America.