REPRISE from 2017: So, What Do We Do? We Keep on RESISTING!
By Jane Edwards-Spence (SheVille’s personal political analyst…aren’t we lucky?)
Treason against the United States is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Cleaving to, or joining an enemy, as President Donald J. Trump did today, and in the past, is treason. Pure and simple.
The Russians are our enemy because they committed overt acts of war against us. Russia’s cyber-attack was much more than hacking the data of election systems. What Russian operatives did was to infest social platforms with disinformation, falsehoods, slander, and other acts aimed at manipulating the citizens of the United States into voting against their own interests, and to vote in a manner that favored Russian foreign policies.
There is no justifying Russia’s attack with “whataboutism” (what Jill Daugherty, CNN, refers to as a “sacred Russian tactic.”) The whole “but we did it too” argument is merely a deflection – and is irrelevant. Russia’s covert and undeclared war on the United States and our allies was and continues to be specifically designed to harm us as a Nation, and cleave us from our Allies. President Trump had the opportunity in Helsinki to call out Putin and demand that he ceases and desists these attacks. Instead, President Trump rambled on as if he was campaigning in some town in West Virginia or North Dakota – criticizing the Democrats and the FBI and diverting the focus to HRC’s emails.
Trump allowed Putin to join in this nonsensical reproach with more deflection and offering a tease to the U.S. Department of Justice: “Send us an application (for extraditing the Russians hackers), and after review, we decide whether we will hand the indicted people to you.” To this, Trump said absolutely nothing!
I am no fan of John Bolton, Trump’s latest National Security Adviser, but I would advise Trump heed what Mr. Bolton has said: “Attempting to undermine America’s constitution is far more than just a quotidian covert operation. It is in fact … a true act of war and one Washington will never tolerate.”
As to the argument for a conviction of treason: The US Constitution says: “No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act…” Trump’s treason was on world-wide TV. EVERY ONE, every United States citizen, Democrat or Republican, progressive, libertarian, EVERY one of us should and must be outraged. There can be no excuse. Our Congress must act. Our Congress must come together. We as citizens must demand it.
(Click here for interesting information about RESISTANCE to supplement the article “It may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator – with civil resistance”
So, the primary objective of civil actions is to: implement fundamental constitutional changes that:
1. Introduces a bill to enforce the provision of the 25th Amendment that “…gives Congress the authority to establish ‘a body’ with the power to declare a president ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
2. Eliminates the electoral college.
3. Establishes term limits for justices of the SCOTUS, and a “litmus test” for SC nominees (such as prohibiting the nomination of justices with extreme ideological beliefs)
4. Bans gerrymandering. We harbor severe delusions if we believe the national political process will resolve any of these issues. This is the year for a constitutional convention.