Stop Tossing Around The Word TREASON

This fallacious meme is showing up on social media again – inspired no doubt by the millions of people who criticize Obama’s Pacific trade scam.

Defying the president or being disrespectful is only treason in a banana republic.

The constitution defines treason: “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.”

Further, treason only exists as a crime in America when the Congress has declared a state of war. Nobody has been charged with treason in America for any actions taken after World War 2 – our last declared war. This meme is bullshit.

Stop tossing around the word TREASON. That is the stock in trade of the right wing nuts.


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