on Sedition

“If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both”. 18 U.S. Code § 2384

While there has been a lot of talk by elected leaders lately regarding treason (curiously, mostly from Democrats), it bears mentioning that perhaps the accusation of “sedition” might be a better place to start regarding the behavior of our President. Surely much of what he is doing can be seen as preventing or hindering the law of the United States. The fiasco that is Obamacare alone would fall into that definition, considering how many times he has changed the law without Congressional approval, as well as his lack of enforcement of current immigration law that is now putting our country’s health, economy and citizen safety at risk. Our President’s behavior is undermining the stability of this country, as well as the trust of the American people in the leaders that they elected. While he may not have his own physical army to put down our government in the literal sense, he is using the army of bureaucrats that he has at his disposal to overthrow the very foundation upon which our government is built: the Constitution.

Every government is supposed to fear its people, not the other way around. We are always to be wary of what our government is doing, and double check their work. In fact it was James Madison, at the Constitutional Convention in July of 1787 who said: “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree”. He also said later, in 1788, that “What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” Our founders understood that human nature is imperfect, and as such a government of men, even of those we respect, must be mistrusted with the power delegated to them, as it can easily be misused, either out of fear or corruption. Some of us now decry the Patriot Act or the NDAA, but did you know that even the 5th Congress fell prey to similar human failings, when blinded by the fear of a war with France, it passed Sedition Act of 1798 during the aftermath of French Revolution. Under this act, one could be accused of sedition, fined and thrown in jail, just by writing publications critical of the U.S. government, or associating with those that did the same. While this Congress did have the wisdom to place an expiration date on it (a good idea that we should replicate), the damage they caused to liberty during their time of enforcement even had Thomas Jefferson and James Madison giving it high criticism.

I have always found it interesting that our government makes so many laws on how to prosecute the American citizen for disloyalty to the government, but no laws to prosecute itself for disloyalty to the Constitution. Yet, if one were to sit back and evaluate these laws, like the U.S. Code above regarding sedition, I think we can easily find that many acts of our President and his bureaucratic administration do measure up quite nicely to the definition of sedition, if not the more weighty measure of treason. Has his administration not opposed the authority of the law, by refusing to enforce the laws of this country, by redefining “legal” immigration, welfare eligibility, Obamacare and marriage (DOMA)? Has he not armed the enemies of our people by giving drug cartels guns in Operation Fast and Furious, who are now crossing the border unhindered, akin to a small invasion? Has he not refused to protect our borders, instead giving aid and comfort to those who seek to do our country and its people harm? Has he not tried to take private U.S. land, property, and money by force, with new regulations under the EPA, BLM, FTC, and IRS? Has he not willfully tried to hide all this activity from the people, our Congress and our courts? Have not others provided him assistance in all this as well, and would therefore stand equally accused?

Folks, the buck does not stop with our President. It does not stop with our Congress. It does not even stop with our Supreme Court. It stops at the Constitution. It stops at “We the People”.  Our Founders understood that we would always have a government of fallen men, and therefore set this country up as a Republic in order to give us the best shot at preserving human dignity and freedom. But that can only happen if we stop treating our government as if it was run by gods, immune to the very same humanity as we, and exempt from the same laws we must honor. They too make mistakes. They too make decisions out of fear, self-preservation, or lust for power. We must see them for the imperfect men (& women) they are, and remind ourselves that the survival of our county ultimately relies on us and what we choose to abide. Is it wise to take the future from our own hands and blindly hand it over to a stranger?

Remember, the government we have is the government we allow. Government cannot save us. It is only designed to save itself.

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.” Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States

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