What Happened To Treason?

Posted: March 28, 2007 by April Watkins in Current Events, Issues, Politics
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I’m angry.  Really angry.  And I’m fed up with people who continue to bad-mouth America while living here and taking advantage of her many assets.  I’m also angry with the milk-toast versions of statesmen and women we have in office and the gutless Federal prosecutors they have appointed.   In years past, people who acted in ways that were detrimental to our country, its sovereignty, or the security of its people, were charged with treason.  In modern times, our country seems besieged by Americans who are set to discredit their own country to the world, and yet nothing is done.  No one is shamed, few are ever held accountable and the vast majority of us simply ignore the crimes.  Crimes…that’s right…it is a Federal crime to commit treason.   

For the sake of clarity, let’s revisit the Federal statute on the crime of treason.  Outlined in the U.S. Code [Title 18, Part 1, Chpt. 115, Section 2381] it states, “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”  I don’t know about you, but to me that very simply states what is considered treason.   


While Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights grants us a freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, it does not grant us free reign to say anything we want, at any time we want…contrary to what some looney leftists would like us to believe.  For example, we all have heard that it is unlawful to falsely shout “FIRE” in a public building, such as a theatre.  Why?  Because it is deemed a danger to the public safety. Therefore, is it such a stretch to view statements that are slanderous, outright false, and overtly anti-American/pro-enemy as treasonous?  I say absolutely not!  Americans pride themselves in being able to live in a country where we can have an open discourse about the things that we like or dislike about our government.  But where do we draw the line with our citizens who take their dislikes to the point of making false and improvable accusations?  At what point does their “freedom of speech” end and treason begin?  Most of us would know, wouldn’t we?   

I don’t know what has happened to the concept of treason in our United States.  It has become the “politically incorrect” charge for prosecutors.  No one wants to get tangled in a treason case, so very few are launched.  Look at Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War…no conviction of treason.  Her actions are a textbook example of the crime of treason as defined by our Federal legal code.  Yet, she continues to this day to defile the American government and its troops…while living in America.  In today’s war, we see slews of pampered celebrities on the anti-American bandwagon [Sean Penn, Cindy Sheehan, Charlie Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Rosie O’Donnell…I could go on all day].   

Let me be blunt.  It’s one thing to state that you do not like an Administration, or the views of a certain group, or the values of another. However, it is treasonous to make statements accusing the U.S. government of executing the disaster of 9/11.  It is treasonous to declare on network television that the U.S. coerced a false confession from Kalid Sheik Mohammed for his roles in the many attacks on our nation, its assets and military abroad.  It is treasonous to stand side-by-side with world leaders like Chavez and Amadinijad who call for the destruction of America.  These acts, my fellow citizens, are undeniably treason.    My question to you is…why is no one arresting these people? 

Why are so many of our fellow Americans sitting by idly and allowing this to continue?  Why aren’t we angry?  Have we lost the pioneering spirit and tenacity of our forefathers and mothers?  Have we for too long taken for granted the rights and privileges for which our fathers and grandfathers shed blood?  Do we have no sense of responsibility for the continuum of our great country?   

You are only one that can answer these questions.  The responsibility for the sovereignty of our country, our America, lies with each of us collectively and individually…and that is Why It Matters. 



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