“ treason: the crime of betraying one’s country, esp. by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.”
The definition of treason is included in, and limited by Article III of the Constitution. In writing this section, the founding fathers carefully prevented the taint of an accusation or conviction for treason from carrying its stigma to subsequent generations of the same family. They also insured that the accusation of treason must be witnessed by two or more citizens, thus preventing the accusation from being leveled seriously against any citizen out of jealousy or spite.
Article III, § 3 states:
“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.”
They still impose that while the government may seek and obtain forfeiture of the assets of any person convicted of treason, upon that person’s death, those assets may still be inherited by his or her heirs, legally.
James Madison, writing in the Federalist Papers (No. 43), said:
“As treason may be committed against the United States, the authority of the United States ought to be enabled to punish it. But as new-fangled and artificial treasons have been the great engines by which violent factions, the natural offspring of free government, have usually wreaked their alternate malignity on each other, the convention have, with great judgment, opposed a barrier to this peculiar danger, by inserting a constitutional definition of the crime, fixing the proof necessary for conviction of it, and restraining the Congress, even in punishing it, from extending the consequences of guilt beyond the person of its author.”
Now you’re wondering what all this Constitutional history is about. Well, we’re convinced that the act of blocking the Congress from passing a budget, shutting down the Executive Branch of government, and allowing the debt ceiling to be held hostage, forcing the United States into a default of its debts is an act of treason.
Why do we believe this? Our opinion is not a partisan one, favoring one party or another. However, we believe the purpose and cause of these actions is based on partisanship, and is tantamount to a civilian coup d’etat against the Federal government. Since an attempt to undermine, destroy or harm the United States Government is an act of treason, and must be witnessed by more than two people (millions have seen this on television, read it in the papers or online), then the actions of those members of Congress who participate in it are de facto guilty of treason.
Both the traditional- and liberal minded-factions of the Republican and Democratic parties can see no benefit in continued stalling, and want to pass legislation to restart the government, and prevent the default on payments. However, the leadership of the Tea Party, a faction of the Republicans, continue forcefully trying to keep the government shut down, even though their actions are hurting almost every American in one way or another.
The Tea Party, a disorganized, dysfunctional group has managed, through demagoguery and arrogance to hold the entire Executive Branch hostage to its will for some time, preventing the Congress from passing any of the President’s budgets (as required by law). More, they’ve pushed and provided moderate Republicans into submission by raising considerable funds and placing or threatening to place Tea Party candidates with large political war chests in districts where the moderate Republican could be pushed out of office. This political blackmail extends right up to the Speaker, forcing his hand and preventing him from doing business as every other Speaker of the opposite party has done for over 230 years — work across the aisle to pass the budget and fund the government.
We hold to this simple premise. If the members of Congress cannot keep their oath of office and can, for partisan reasons, violate the Constitution, commit acts of treason against the people and government of the United States, how can any citizen who aides the enemy, releases government documents publicly or provides shelter to our enemies ever be tried for treason? How can any person hurting our country ever be convicted of it, when members of a political faction may do so from the sanctity of their elected office? The double standard is no more legal than these treasonable acts.
The question is whether any member of Congress, who took an oath of office may violate that oath by intentionally acting to, or causing others to shut down the government. Since 1884, that oath has read as follows:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
In our analysis, the act of closing the Federal government; and of placing the government at risk of default of its debt payments is an act of domestic treason, and every member (irrespective of political affiliation or party) who participates should be tried for the crime of treason, removed from office and forfeit their assets in accordance with the laws of the United States.
We understand that Congress has made itself exempt from prosecution, but it is within the power of any member of party, whether in majority or not, to compel an investigation for breach of ethics and violation of the rules of the body in which they sit, against any member. Usually, this isn’t done, but exceptional circumstances call for extraordinary measures. Without punitive actions, every future Congress will have one or more members prepared to destroy the government for political gains.