Did John Boehner Just Commit The Most Unthinkable Thing? How Ironic By Tate Scholchinger, greenvillegazette.com, Full text
None Dare Call It Treason: Why Republicans Won By Bob Burnett, www.huffingtonpost.com, 11/07/2014 Democrats…devastating losses in the 2014-midterm election… Democrats didn’t fight back. Democrats routinely let Republicans get away with actions that, were the roles reversed, Republicans wouldn’t stand for…On August 29, President Obama called the Republican political strategy: There has been a certain cynical genius to what [Republicans] have done in Washington. What they’ve realized is, if we don’t get anything done, then people are going to get cynical about government and its possibilities of doing good for everybody… And the more cynical people get, the less they vote. And if turnout is low and people don’t vote, that pretty much benefits [the Republicans] who benefit from the status quo. That’s what happened in 2014. Republican voters turned out but Democrats were depressed about the prospects for change and didn’t vote. President Obama knew what was happening but for whatever reason he didn’t call out the Republicans as obstructionists, as enemies of democracy. In 2014, Democrats were weak and didn’t fight back. Democrats didn’t blame Republicans for an economy that while growing is only working for the rich. (Indeed, Democrats didn’t have any consistent message in 2014.) But liberals don’t have to hold back. Playing nice has cost Democrats control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Liberals can fight back. We can call Republicans on their immoral plan to ruin democracy. Liberals must call Republicans by their true names: traitors.
None Dare Call It Treason By Richard Reeves, Truthdig.com, Aug 6, 2014 … the senior leader of that [Republican] party, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is on record as saying in 2010: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” In fairness, McConnell later added, “I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change.” Didn’t happen. The president hasn’t changed. So the only option left for Sen. McConnell and his sidekick, House Speaker John Boehner, is presidential failure, failure of the sovereign. Under our system of government, the president is that sovereign. And the classic definition of treason, going back to 12th-century England, is: “The offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.”…
Sedition – Robert Reich, Facebook, October 7, 2013 – Suppose a relatively small group financed by a handful of billionaires (1) takes over state governments in order to redistrict, gerrymander, require voter IDs, purge voter rolls, and otherwise suppress the votes of the majority; (2) secretly bankrolls candidates for these safe seats who pledge to shrink and dismember the government; (3) then, once these candidates are elected, has them shut down the government in order to repeal or amend laws the plotters dislike; (4) then forces the nation to default on its debts and thereby throws the economy into a tailspin in order to get their way; and (5) runs a vast PR campaign to convince the American public of big lies about laws the plotters dislike or policies they seek. Would you call this an attempted coup d’etat? If not, what would you call it? And what would you do about it?
Guilty of Sedition? How the Right Is Undermining Our Government’s Authority and Capability to Run the Country by Sara Robinson, Campaign for America’s Future, April 6, 2010 Sedition: Crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction…Advocating, encouraging, and sanctioning sedition is the new norm on the conservative side…a wake-up call for progressives…it’s time to openly confront the fact that conservatives have spent the past 40 years systematically delegitimizing the very idea of US government. When they’re in power, they mismanage it and defund it. When they’re out of power, they refuse to participate in running the country at all — indeed, they throw all their energy into thwarting the democratic process any way they can. When they need to win an election, they use violent, polarizing, eliminationist language against their opponents to motivate their base. This is sedition in slow motion, a gradual corrosive undermining of the government’s authority and capability to run the country. And it’s been at the core of their politics going all the way back to Goldwater…puts the short-term needs of the Republican party ahead of the long-term viability of the American democracy they’ve sworn to uphold…
Are Republicans Committing Treason? By Cliff Schecter, AlterNet, July 20, 2011