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Freedom and Treason: Walking a Thin Line

By Mac     Jan 16, 2007 in Politics
Increasingly, opposition politics involves openly interfering with the efforts of our government to win the war on terror. When do we say “enough is enough”, and “treason is treason”?
(story by Mac for ASKEW
http://askew.blogharbor.com)
Recently, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) gave an humanitarian award to a prominent Muslim leader in typical liberal Kumbaya fashion - with little research, and a lot of “lets-all-be-friends” sentiment. The “Outstanding Service” award went to the Executive Director of the Sacramento branch of CAIR (Council for American-Islamic Relations), Basim Elkarra. A little reading would have taught the senator that CAIR is under investigation for illegal activities - including funding extremist terror groups and accepting funding from such groups. Elkarra himself is under investigation for terrorist activities unrelated to CAIR. Thank goodness, constituents often aren’t as stupid as senators, and a flood of calls and mail to her office alerted her to the error. To her credit she rescinded the award, blaming an aide for the lack of sufficient research.
Withdrawing the award saved her reputation, but it also incensed CAIR and its cohorts. The fallout is still being heard. So in the end, giving the award was an action that legitimized a suspected Islamic terrorist and the shady organization for which he works. Taking the award back incited more anger, as the Islamic radicals felt their pride wounded. These kinds of ignorant mistakes by our leadership are unacceptable, because the consequences are unacceptable.
For not only is this attitude non-productive, it is counterproductive. And too often in recent years, it has crossed the line into putting us all in danger: it’s time to start calling them on it. I’m talking about behavior that borders on treason, behavior that assists our enemies, that undermines our leadership and thus undermines the will of the American people as plainly stated through fair election of our president.
In another enormous faux-pas, the liberal Left has become quite comfortable traveling overseas, amidst much self-generated hoopla in the ever-cooperative media, to undermine the war effort. Most recently, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) and cohort Christopher Dodd (D-Conn) could be found in Syria. The administration has accused Syria of aiding terrorist activities in Iraq and in Lebanon. It isn’t that Kerry disagrees - he just thinks he can better handle them and wants America to know it. He didn’t hesitate to keep the western media abreast of the talks, saying that he discussed the flow of money and weapons from Syria’s government to Islamist militia groups. He felt no shame for doing this in direct violation of the Bush administration’s policy. White House spokesman Blair Jones issued a gentle statement calling the trip (and other similar ones by lawmakers) “inappropriate”. . .
“We discourage the travel of members of Congress to Syria because we believe it undermines the cause of democracy in the region...”
Huh? They discourage it? How about forbid it? These legislators are dancing dangerously close to treason as defined by U.S. law. They are undermining the intentions of a duly elected president and his administration, and are therefore slapping the American people in the face. Furthermore, they are misreading the November voters’ mandate: it was to be sure a message to the administration that the American people want to see progress in the war in Iraq, but to assume it also meant that the American people want a Democrat administration is an enormous leap in logic.
In a similar trip (one in many in the past few years), Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and an entourage of other legislators traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan. Predictably, she then gave her “assessment” to the drooling media, saying that the trip was a search for “accurate information about the true state of affairs”. The implication is obvious - the Bush administration deceives and only a Democrat can do the real job. Again, directly undermining the administration, directly interfering in its relations with the leadership of these countries, directly trying to damage the war effort, is not acceptable.
Legislators aren’t the only problem. Give an undereducated celebrity a little information, and they seem to lose all sense of reason. Case in point: the Dixie Chicks, a country group that a few years back saw their careers take a dive after the lead singer told a London crowd that they were embarrassed to be from the same state of Texas from which President Bush hails. They didn’t have the good sense to stop there. They went on through various interviews and talk show appearances to further dig the hole. The bubble-brained girls never seemed to understand what the real problem was. . . not that they had freely spoken their opinion, but that they had undermined a freely elected leader of their compatriots on foreign soil. It wasn’t the disrespect toward Bush (as childish and inappropriate as that was) that incensed those across the sea. . . it was the disrespect for fellow Americans.
Accounts abound of the idiotic antics of naive celebrities, but the scary trend is that some of these people are so taken by the value of their own poorly-informed opinions, that they feel absolutely comfortable speaking to world leaders about U.S. policy. Let’s look at what is perhaps the worst of these, actor Sean Penn. Mr. Penn has traveled more than once to Iraq to speak to its leaders. After one such visit, he shelled out $56,000 to publish an open letter in The Washington Post criticizing the war. Harmless? The letter certainly shed light on how far from serious knowledge the actor’s political theory really is. But the trips themselves were direct interference into the political aims of a government - Mr. Penn was not elected to do so by his fellow Americans. He does not hold any diploma of higher education, does not possess any experience which would better qualify him to speak to a world leader than Mickey Mouse. Yet he deemed himself wiser than most Americans and their legitimate election of a leader.
This past August, Sean Penn visited Iran and its lunatic leader Ahmadinejad. Afterward, he wrote a series of articles for the San Francisco Chronicle, in which he bashed the U.S. administration’s policies on an increasingly radical Iran. According to the esteemed Mr. Penn, our president when speaking of Iran’s military aid to the insurgency in Iraq, monetary aid to insurgent groups in Palestine, and assistance in the Islamofascist coup in Lebanon, is engaging in “inflammatory rhetoric”.
The crime of treason in the United States is defined by legal code (Title 18 U.S. Code) as follows:
“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason . . . “
Seems pretty simple. Our government has declared that we are at war against an ideology of terror. The enemies have been clearly defined. But citizens opposed to the elected government freely visit our enemies and interfere in the process. Why do we continue to allow it?
Whether celebrity, politician, journalist, or private citizen, we need to demand that our fellow Americans respect the leadership that the majority of us have put in power. We need to demand that without proper credentials and the permission of sitting government leaders, no one may meddle in political affairs as they concern a war and the safety of our country and citizens. Our leaders need to demand an end to this outrageous behavior, and use the threat of law to back it up.
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