What is Treason?

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November 6, 2017 by JImbo

I don’t care for Donald Trump.

I don’t like his leadership style.

I don’t like his bombastic speeches.

I don’t like his Twitter tirades.

However, there is zero evidence he is a CRIMINAL at this point.

Now “impeachment” isn’t a strictly criminal term. It includes some vaguer statements of conduct, such as the following:

-such as perjury of oath,

-abuse of authority

-bribery

-intimidation

-misuse of assets

-failure to supervise

-dereliction of duty

-unbecoming conduct

-refusal to obey a lawful order.

Now these are vague. What is “intimidation” for example? What is intimidating to ME isn’t necessarily intimidating to YOU. Some people are “intimidated” by loud voices or bad hair. That’s why there is a Senate vote to determine if this is bad enough to warrant impeachment.

THOSE you can argue over.

However, the charge of Treason is special. It’s not vague at all.

It has its very own section in the US Constitution.

According to Article 3, Section 3 (Judicial Branch) of the US Constitiution-

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.

This isn’t just removal from office like impeachment.

Treason has a punishment of DEATH.

That’s why it’s so specific and rare. You MUST be at war and you MUST support an, enemy during a war. In that case, you are put to death.

That’s Treason.

Are we at war with anyone? Not acccording to Congress who hasn’t declared was since 1941. So, it can’t be treason…even if there were evidence of any “comfort to enemies” which there is none.

Impeachment is a POLITICAL act, not a criminal one. There is no penalty on its own for impeachment. If it involves a crime, then that can be proven SEPARATELY, but impeachment itself is just a Congressional vote.

Essentially the “impeachment” vote is to be used like the “no confidence” vote in the Parliament of Canada. Piss off enough politicians and they get together and say “get out.” It has nothing to do with an ACTUAL crime.

Bill Clinton lying under oath could have been prosecuted criminally. Richard Nixon could have been brought up on charges for telling guys to break into the Watergate Hotel. Those would have been ACTUAL crimes in an ACTUAL court room if anyone had bothered to press them but they didn’t.

Instead, IMPEACHMENT charges were brought which limited them to just being removed from power. Perjury in a county court will put you in jail. Breaking and entering is a crime, as is having someone do it for you. However, the intent wasn’t ACTUAL punishment…but POLITICAL gain.

Big difference.\

Saying “I don’t think you are doing a good job” is vague value statement. It’s not a crime. It’s a subjective observation. Congress could get together and say “You golfed 100 days last year… you’re fired.” Any thin excuse can work if POLITICALLY the President is unpopular. All it takes is enough political support to impeach.

Treason on the other hand is an actual crime. It causes actual harm. It carries the ultimate punishment.

So please, do NOT confuse the two. I’ll agree that Trump makes some bad decisions. Not as bad as his predecessors in some cases, but still not great. However, removing him by impeachment would be political. Go for it.

Confusing it with the capital crime of Treason just shows ignorance of the law, politics and the English language. That’s not a reflection on the incompetence of Trump. That is a reflection on the ignorance of the people making the claim.

 

 

3 thoughts on “What is Treason?

  1. Anonymous says:

    treason- short version: betrayal of ones country to an enemy. “Webster’s Desk Edition”

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  2. Anonymous says:

    treason- short version: betraying ones country to an enemy. “Webster’s Desk Edition”

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  3. Pat Russell says:

    treason- short version: betrayal of your country to an enemy. “Webster’s Desk Edition”

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