Trumped up treason


“Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean – yeah I guess, why not. Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.” – Donald Trump on Democratic Senators and Congress members who didn’t clap for him in his State of the Union speech.

Really? We have a temporary resident of the White House whose definition of loyalty to the United States of America is loyalty to, and expressed enthusiasm for, his boneheaded ideas and false claims of greatness? We would expect such autocratic, monomaniacal pronouncements from Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Rodrigo Duterte, or any other egomaniac warlord. Hitler and Stalin were such demented oppressors. Saddam Hussein, Augusto Pinochet – the anti-democratic autarchs are easy to name.

If the new definition of treason is being willing to not clap for Trump’s utterances, I hereby formally and publicly admit to treason.

If we still live in a democracy, I charge Trump with treasonous statements. If there were one united value embedded in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, it is the right to dissent, politically and publicly, without fear of reprisal. Let the views contend in our public discourse.

Instead, this is how a country slides from democracy toward dictatorship, one thought control episode, one veiled threat, after another. We are on a very slippery slope here and the signs are not good.

We have zero guarantees of the future of democracy in the U.S. Indeed, Freedom House, a nonpartisan think tank which measures and ranks all countries on Earth every year in the aggregate values and indices of democracies, has us sliding downward. They analyze both the U.S. role in promoting democracy worldwide and practicing it at home. They note that this slide began slowly in 2010 – the year the Republican right wing gained control of the House – and is accelerating dramatically since Trump took office.

Meanwhile, we see the strongman sort of government using Trump’s tactics now and in history. In Cambodia in September, dictator Hun Sen trumped up charges of treason against a candidate for office, Kem Sokha, who dared to call for peaceful changes toward more democracy and more human rights. Sokha faces 30 years in prison, where he has been since his arrest five months ago.

In Venezuela in August, despot Nicolas Maduro engineered a path to charge political opponents with treason, targeting Julio Borges and other opposition leaders with potential arrest and imprisonment. Borges is out of office as of last month.

This is a slippery slope toward tyranny. Trump is the most treasonous occupant of the White House since Richard “Break-and-Enter” Nixon. He too deserves a swift exit from power for his foul rule, his abdication of responsibilities to defend democracy and right to dissent, and his lies about collusion with Russian government operatives to steal our election.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is PeaceVoice director and on occasion an expert witness for the defense in court. 

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  1. President Trump didn’t accuse the Democrats at the State of the Union of treason. He was expressing his and our disappointment in their immature, very rude, and highly offensive behavior when someone else in the group he was speaking to blurted out “treasonous”, to which Trump, returning the sardonic quip, rolled his eyes, chuckled, shrugged his shoulders and, raising his hands in a jesting gesture, said, “Sure, why not… ?” It was obvious it was not meant seriously. But, of course, keeping in character, Dems like yourself and others afflicted with TDS, Trump Derangement Syndrome, are deliberately misleading anyone you can to convince them to join you in your neurotic and obssessive loathing of our President. Let me remind you that for 8 long difficult years anyone with even a mild criticism of or objection to President Obama or his policies or ideas was smeared as a racist! President Obama is a pure autocrat, who, along with his wife, expressed their contempt for America whenever, wherever and to whomever they could. He was raised by cummunist grandparents and mentored for decades by another communist. He was chummy with many of the communist dictators you compare Trump to, including Putin and Castro. He enriched and enabled the world’s worst sponsor of terrorism, Iran, which is now using the wealth and nuclear material given to them by both Obama and Clinton to buttress Putin and spread it’s evil, malevolent tyranny into the world! But you prefer to accuse Trump of the collusion with Russia that your hero Obama was actually involved in. Nice work Progressives!
    The irony in your editorial, it is you and those of like mind, who live in the big glass house so when you are throwing your stones at President Trump you’re left standing there in a heap of broken glass which reveals how fragile your protests are and how vain and vacuous your sneering pegoratives against Trump are.
    Oh but no offense intended. I’m just enjoying one of my Constitutionally protected rights same as you. I guess it’s not really in any danger of annihilation like you think it is.
    Please get some intervention, maybe mental health counseling or even hypnosis therapy, for your TDS!

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