“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”. Title 18 U.S. Code Chapter 115 § 2381
There has been a lot of talk of treason lately, especially in terms of the behavior of our President. Many feel that he has betrayed his oath of allegiance and committed high treason by both ignoring and rewriting law, granting favor to our enemies, and failing to put Americans first. But what really is treason? Well, Dictionary.com defines it thusly:
- the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign
- a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state
- the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.
Our Founders were keenly aware of the importance of the public trust in order to ensure that our great Republic endured. It has been taken so seriously that up until the mid-twentieth century, acts of treason were punishable by death. As you can see above, that punishment is even still in the current U.S. code as one of the options, along with jail time, a $10,000 fine (we need to update that amount – $10k used to be considered a lot), and stripped of the right to hold any office under the United States. Now, I am sure that to the liberal mind, the death penalty seems a bit extreme for committing treason. However, if one is a student of real history, one would know how acts of treason had far reaching consequences, damaging not only our government, but putting the welfare of both the people it serves and those that work for it at risk. Treason was taken very seriously because of its ability to negatively impact a great many lives.
Sadly, our government has moved so far away from what is honorable and good that treasonous acts now seem to be looked upon with the same level of apathetic derision as political corruption- to be expected and tolerated by everyone within the DC bubble. The problem with this is that the consequences of the violations to oaths of office are very rarely felt by those within this bubble – yet it is very much felt by those outside of it. It is American families who feel the loss when their children die abandoned in Benghazi. It is American families who suffer when their soldiers are deployed to only be killed by the very weapons our federal government supplied to our enemies. It is American families who lose their property, their religious liberty and their self-protection rights when the President rewrites, ignores, or allows others to ignore laws. It is American families who have their liberty restricted when Congress fails to pass legislation that abides by the Constitution. It is American families who are persecuted when unelected bureaucrats target people because of their political views. It is American families who have less because our government takes more in order to give to those who have not earned it. What do you call men and woman who violate the very principles for which we fought and died for in an eight year war with England? What do you call those who put themselves and their favorite foreigners ahead of their own country and its citizens? It is called treason, and those that participate in it are called traitors.
The seriousness with which we as Americans view treason can only reflect the seriousness with which we view our rights as individuals. Sadly, because generations of children have not and still are not learning the truth about the sacrifices our Founders – and those who followed them – made for our nation, they no longer understand the damage that would occur to the foundation of our country and our rights if we allow the treasonous acts to stand. When we remain mute in the face of treasonous behavior, we give tacit acceptance to it, and undermine the very principles that made this nation great. Just as the discipline of children must be swift and immediate otherwise they don’t learn how to be better, so too must we do the same to those that willingly, and repeatedly, violate our trust as a people, putting their own personal welfare, and that of our enemies, ahead of those they took an oath to protect. And just in case you were wondering, yes, the comparison of politicians to misbehaving children was intentional.
As I have said before, there is a great deal of difference between a statesmen and a politician. Until we start punishing the latter, we will not get more of the former, if at all. Beginning next week, I will be doing a series discussing further Title 18 US Code Chapter 115, which defines acts of treason, sedition and subversive activities. It is then up to you to decide if you can continue to remain silent in the face of this administration’s continued disloyalty and bold treachery of the American people.
“In the clear mind of virtue treason can find no hiding-place”. ~ Sir P. Sidney (1554-1586) English poet, courtier, and soldier