Lets see if this actually materializes.
Its pretty obvious as to how hard the media folks tried to spin this with the title. A good rubric for how the US media treats the president and his opposition could be found in this cartoon. With that in mind, read the title of that article, and then note this little tidbit on the inside:
It’s almost certain that anyone attempting to “arrest” a member of Congress would be arrested themselves for attempted kidnapping.
Conlon and Andrews say Obama committed “treason” by allegedly funneling weapons to al-Qaida-linked rebels in Syria. Members of Congress who support arming Syrian rebels, Conlon said, are accessories to the alleged crime. He identified House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., as politicians he will seek to arrest for alleged acts against the Constitution.
Andrews said last week 3,000 truckers had RSVP-ed to the event, and Conlon says he’s now lost count of the number. He says he’s receiving around 100 emails a day from prospective participants.
“What we want to do is go in nice and peaceful and keep it as peaceful as possible… but if they decide to get ugly with us we’re going to do what we have to do,” he said. “If all I get is one or two congressmen walked out of there in handcuffs, that will be a shot across the bow that will ripple across all branches of government. … I hope they are all civil enough and brave enough to step out onto the congressional steps.”
Notice the scare quotes around the word treason. Treason has a very straighforward definition in the US Constitution.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
The salient question is, if we were arming al Qaeda backed rebels, whom are our sworn enemies, providing them military aid, and dropping relief supplies to them, does that not mean we are giving them “Aid and Comfort”? What sort of rhetorical pretzel would someone need to contort themselves into, in order to evade that definition?
The truckers are probably right.
Is this the modern day Fort Sumter? We’ve got a deeply unpopular government, which rules apparently by fiat, unaccountable to the people. We’ve got an imperial president. A dysfunctional and deeply divided Senate and House.
I blame both parties. But one far more than the other. One of the two is willing to negotiate to effect positive change. The other, not so much. The ones who don’t wish to negotiate to do their job are the ones to blame for this mess. As their job is negotiation …
Seriously, we need votes of no confidence, so we can have a fighting chance to tear down ineffectual government when it emerges, as it has for the last 5 years.
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