Tuesday, October 1, 2013

No, Republicans Are Not Guilty Of Treason

Many of our ignorant (to put it nicely) Democratic friends are claiming that Republican opponents of ObamaCare are guilty of treason because of the partial government shutdown which started at midnight. The shutdown, by the way, was ordered by Barack Obama with assistance from Harry Reid, but lets focus on one fact at a time.

Following the parliamentary procedures outlined in the Constitution cannot be treason, otherwise the whole document would be a contradictory fallacy.

The Constitution defines actual treason in Article 3, Section 3 as:
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.
So maybe the President's assistance of hostile governments and organizations would count as treason, but passing a budget minus ObamaCare funding? Not even close.

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