When Does Obstruction Become Treason?
Why Won’t Americans Just Read the Constitution?
Recently, Bill Maher and Michael Moore rightly criticized Congressional Republicans for their relentless obstruction of government. Plenty of liberal bloggers and their followers jumped on the bandwagon. But they all went too far in calling it treason.
So how’s that working for them? Most Americans – not just Democrats – are angry. Public approval of Congress is at an all-time low. The public overwhelmingly supports many of Obama’s policies. They support him so much that he was emphatically elected to his second term in November.
Nevertheless in mid-May, the Heritage Foundation’s lobbying branch wrote to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, urging them to avoid legislation and continue to focus on “scandals”.
“… it would be imprudent to do anything that shifts the focus from the Obama administration to the ideological differences within the House Republican Conference…. To that end, we urge you to avoid bringing any legislation to the House Floor that could expose or highlight major schisms within the conference…. Rather than scheduling such legislation for consideration, we urge you to keep the attention focused squarely on the Obama administration.”
The letter does not appear on either website. Gee. I wonder why they’re hiding it.
As Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
In various circumstances, obstruction can be annoying, inconvenient, childish, petulant, arrogant, rude, obnoxious, unproductive, bad policy, bad politics, dangerous, and even criminal. Political obstruction violates the American spirit. And it’s led many liberals to ask our title question – When does obstruction become treason? Does the Constitution give us any guidance?
Thanks to our obstructive school systems, most Americans don’t know how to find those answers. Progressives are just as guilty as conservatives. They refuse to read the Constitution.
Despite what many Americans think, our Constitution is not a list of laws. It is an outline, a blueprint, for our government. In the very first sentence, it gives all legislative power to Congress. Treason is the only crime that our founders chose to define in the Constitution itself.
So. When does obstruction become treason? It doesn’t. Ever.
United States Constitution, Article III, Section 3:
 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.
See. Obstruction is not treason.
Now, as for the NRA and its gungoon disciples who think that second amendment remedies empower them to wage armed rebellion, that’s another story.
For More Information:
READ THE CONSTITUTION. I dare you.
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The American Terrorists
Why We Need More Lobbyists
Heritage Action for America
The Heritage Foundation
Another great article from O’Malley. She is so knowledgeable on our constitution that, I learn something new… http://t.co/MowcneyF2P
Thank you so much!
So. When does obstruction become treason? It doesn’t.
When a Nation is brought to a halt, to it’s knees, to complete grid lock it is NO longer Obstructionism it becomes Treason by anyone doing so
actually, there are plenty of other statutes that deal with treason, sedition, etc,,, http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/18/I/115
I disagree with your conclusion. You state, “ Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” I consider the Koch Brothers to fall into that category and Congress is giving them aid and comfort. Agreed, my logic is not ‘Constitutional’, but nevertheless compelling.
I didn’t “state” that. I quoted the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.
As bad as he Kochs are, their behavior is legal.
Again, WHY won’t Americans just read the Constitution?
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I agree with Jeffrey. This right wing arm of congress is not representing and working for Americans…..it is simply working against the President. I see it as sabotage, and that seems fairly war-like and treasonous to me.
The Constitution is the final authority.
Your semantic acrobatics will never survive in court.
the spin is laughable by bill M. obstruction is not always a bad thing. for example whenever someone on the right tries to push through stuff you on the left dont like. then obstruction is good.
anything to stop the bleeding of money is the right thing to do at this time so is that means obstruction, thats what we need.
this administration makes the previous administration look like saints, and i never EVER thought I would hate an admin as much as the bush admin. 3 months into obama and i was proven wrong.
but you make a good point at the end, WHY dont people read the constitution?? it would make a lot of issues stop specifically the 1st 2nd 4th and 10th (10th is my favorite)
if it is not EXPLICITLY in the constitution, the FEDERAL government has no say. end of story. yet soomehow our federal government, led by either republicans or democrats seem to treat the constitution as toilet paper these days. none of them want to give up the power wrongfully taken by the past admins, and restore the country to what it was intended to be…. free
Pj Malloy – You are correct that the bleeding of tax cash to corporations… who donate the most cash to politician(s)… has got to stop.
POINT: No one on the left believes obstruction is good… period.
POINT: Americans are free IF they have enough money to buy that freedom.
Thanks for your passion!
the nation should not need much in the federal government to run as per the constitution. the federal government at least going back 20 years has been nothing but a joke of what it should be. we dont need to grow the government we need to shrink it by ALOT and let the states start doing their jobs