Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Hang The Traitors

In a comment to a friend's blog, a psycho right-winger called me a traitor for my criticism of American foreign policy. He then gave me the love it or leave it b.s. that Nazi-like tyrants like to use. Bill O'Reilly, the poster-child of right-wing psychopaths, recently suggested that Cindy Sheehan's attempts to obtain an audience with Emperor Bush amounts to treason.

Are you serious?

The irrationality that associates disagreement with treason is becoming so commonplace these days that sane people should really pause and reflect. Treason is a strong word that should not be used lightly. Article III, Section 3, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution defines treason as follows:

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 use of the word only is important. Treason is levying war against the U.S., adhering to enemies and giving them aid and comfort. That's it. Dissent, writing and criticism are not on the list.

I am not a traitor unless you define blogging as aiding and comforting an enemy. Cindy Sheehan is not a traitor unless you define camping on a ranch in Texas as aiding and comforting the enemy. And, if you, like Bill O'Reilly, are irrational enough to define treason in such broad terms, then there are people in this country who have provided so much more aid and comfort to Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein that myself and Cindy Sheehan do not even make it on the radar.

Let's start with good ol' Rummy. He and Saddam were homies in the not so distant past. During their collegial visits, Rummy arranged the sales of millions and millions of dollars in weaponry to Saddam to aid him in quelling the Kurdish insurgency in the north. The entire American government knew what the weapons were used for and made no objections at the time. They just wanted to aid and comfort a friend. After all, what are friends for?

How about the CIA under Emperor George I? There once was a man named Osama Bin Laden, who left his wealthy family in Saudi Arabia to help the Afghani people fight the Russians who invaded their country. Poor Osama Bin Laden was down and out and unconsolable over the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Feeling bad for Osama, his good friends George I and the U.S. defense industry, came to his rescue during his time of need and provided him all the aid and comfort Osama could have ever asked for. They boosted Osama's spirits with top notch training of the mujahedeen, they invited Osama's homies in the Taliban to hang out with them in Washington D.C. and let them pick and choose from a grand arsenal that any wacko killer would dream of. Osama had never felt better thanks to the generous aid and comfort he received from the CIA. Thanks to the aid and comfort, Osama and his homies emerged victorious in their David v. Goliath battle against the Russians.

Then there is Iran, the newest public enemy number one. No discussion about aiding and comforting the enemy would be complete without a discussion of Iran. Remember that whole Iran Contra thing? The Islamic Republic of Iran -- the country that held American hostages -- was in the throes of an 8-year war against Iraq. The U.S. officially sided with Iraq and enriched the arms industry by selling arms to Saddam, but that wasn't good enough for everyone. Ollie North and whoever he conspired with in the Reagan Administration sold arms to Iran to fund the Contras in Nicaragua (another group hell-bent on overthrowing a democratically-elected government). Members of the Reagan Administration aided Iran militarily notwithstanding the fact that Iran has been on the Billboard Top 40 Hated Countries list since 1979 (and has made quite a comeback recently). Ollie's punishment for treason? He is working as a bag of hot air at Fox News.

The traitors are not people like me who believe in freedom and democracy and the importance of the U.S. Constitution. They are those who call for the Constitution to be tossed aside because they despise the freedom and democracy it ensures. They are those who do not believe in America's separation of church and state, but would rather establish a religious state in America. And they are those who shelter the treasonous bastards who have put America in harms' way by providing aid and comfort to her enemies.


At 10:14 AM, August 18, 2005 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

Outstanding once again!

U.S. involvement in the Middle East is the cruelest of ironies. Every country we claim to despise is actually an ally. And every country that we claim is an ally is actually an enemy of our interests. America is in big trouble, IMO. The backbone of our power is oil, and the more we fuck up in the Middle East, the more likely that backbone will be broken.

There is a picture on the net of Rummie shaking hands with Saddam in 1983. He went to Baghdad to sell chemical weapons to Saddam that were later used on the Iranians.

At 10:35 AM, August 18, 2005 , Blogger chad said...

Damn Insurgent,
I'm starting to think you might be a lawyer or something... always quoting the Constitution and making logical arguements and whatnot.
I have to inform you, however, that your time has been wasted in trying to defend your criticism of American foreign policy to the "psycho right-winger".

Here is the problem: Your political philosophy is based on reason and thought. You try to survey as much of the information as possible and then make a rational assesment. And it's a good thing that people like you take the time to critique our leaders, whether that criticism lead to adoration or admonition.

On the other hand, we have the "Nazi-like tyrants" whose political philosophy is shaped primarily by fear. He perceives the world as full of threats: Economic threats like outsourcing. Religious threats like Agnosticism. Social threats like affirmative action. Cultural threats like inter-racial marriage (if he's really modern he's accepted inter-racial dating, but still draws the line at same-sex marriage).

You see, the Bill O'Reilly's of our nation are just insecure little children who try to wield as much power as they can to protect themselves from the Bogeyman. No matter how much you reason that there are no monsters in the closet, a child is crippled with irrational fear because children have poorly developed intellect, but powerful emotions. This of course leads children to make poor decisions, becasue their emotions are not adeqautely balanced by their capacity to reason.

Likewise, this person (who has accused you of treason, no less) senses a security threat from various nefarious forces oversees(some real and some imagined). Just say "Islamic Fundamentalism", and his response is completely illogical and irrational fear. He may not even know what it means, but he wants to put a face on it, and bomb the hell out of it. There is no logical thought about what is the most reasoanble course of action to create lasting world peace. His mind is governed by fear, and calling you names (traitor) is just what you would expect from a child.

I'm sorry that you wasted your time with logic in defending yourself. On the brightside, it was highly entertaining as usual. Can we start calling Rumsfield, Bush I, and North the "Triad of Treason" that gave Aide and Comfort to the "Axis of Evil".

Your thought-mongering brother,

"The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war."
~George W. Bush, The fearful face that launched a thousand ships and few missiles too.

At 6:42 PM, October 17, 2005 , Blogger Stalin the Shark said...

Well, with indictments presumably coming soon in Re Plame, methink's we'll be revisiting the traitor meme soon. I think you might be surprised by how narrow the definition of treason will presumably become.

At 8:14 AM, October 18, 2005 , Blogger mrsleep said...

Chad, excellent take. It doesn't mean you stop fighting the fight, but I'm beginning to believe, that the argument has to be positioned differently. Reasonable arguments with Neo-Con's don't work. The key is getting them to think or see something differently.

Have to ponder on this point. Have to start with small victories.

At 6:43 PM, January 22, 2008 , Anonymous guillotine.em said...

Greetings, Ladies and Gentlemen readers and writers.
How do you feel about loving it AND leaving it? I did, am I a quitter, or did I just quit bitching about it and get out. Life is better out here. Good luck fighting any wars against stupidity, ignorance, fear, and the "conservatives." By the way, Unabomber aptly noted that the only thing "conservatives" are conserving is their own power, at the expense of all else.

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