Spring is here, and young hearts are all abloom with feelings of love. Except on the Left. Their hearts are full of treason accusations against President Donald Trump. From allegations of collusion with Russia to not releasing his tax returns, the Left is obsessed with throwing out the word “treason” with the frequency they throw out “racist”, “sexist”, “homophobe”, or “gimmie.”
But, as with other words, the Left might have a problem with the actual definition.
What the Left believes it means – working against the government in any way, usually when it runs counter to Leftist beliefs
What it really means – working against the government, usually when it runs counter to American values
Treason is a serious charge, and it should not be tossed around lightly. In fact, it holds a punishment of execution, according to the Constitution. And when you consider Leftists are typically against execution, it strikes me as funny they would go right for the treason card against Trump.
Where the Left and reality part company in this case is what is being assaulted. When we think of treason, we think of it in terms of acting against the country for personal benefit. When the Left thinks of treason, they think of it in terms of acting against their ideology.
Remember the government shutdowns of the Clinton and Obama Presidencies? Congressional Republicans were called traitors for daring to shut down the government and weaken the country. Of course, the country got along quite well without the federal government for a few days, so it wasn’t the end of the world. It was, however, the height of treason to the Left, who believes the government is the answer to everything.
On the other hand, there’s the case of Bradley/Chelsea Manning, someone who gave information to Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame. One could make the argument Manning fits the label of traitor more closely than Ted Cruz does. Of course, I don’t think Cruz could pull off the sex change that well without looking like himself in drag. And as somebody who remembers Rudy Giuliani in drag, let me just say I would not recommend the good Senator from Texas make that change.
Yet, in the grand scheme of things, the Left lionizes Manning for actual treason and condemns Cruz for perceived treason. That alone should tell you all you need to know about the Left’s definition of the word.
One can also look at how the Left treats opposing speech for a clue as to what they mean. When Bill Clinton was President, dissent was traitorous. When George W. Bush was President, dissent was patriotic. When Barack Obama was President, dissent was traitorous again. Now that Donald Trump is President, dissent is patriotic again. Why, it’s almost as if the Left thinks treason is related to who is in the Oval Office! That’s…incredibly stupid.
Dissent in and of itself isn’t treason. It’s when that dissent becomes harmful to society as a whole that people cross into Treasonland. And, no, shutting down the government or voicing displeasure at a President’s policies don’t even come close. What does? Helping a foreign government attack America.
You know, like Ted Kennedy did with the former Soviet Union during the Reagan Presidency? (And let’s not forget Kennedy is still held in high regards within Leftist circles.)
Let’s not forget the Right in this conversation, though. I have been called a traitor by self-identified conservatives for suggesting we could do a better job at reining in military spending to avoid waste. Yet, these same self-identified conservatives blow a gasket whenever Congress wastes money on research into snail darter love-making techniques. (Not to say snail darter porn isn’t enjoyable, mind you. Okay, maybe I’ve said too much.)
Regardless of which side of the aisle you reside, calling someone a traitor isn’t something you want to do unless you have hard evidence. Otherwise you’re adding to the bad blood between people and parties. Besides, calling people dumbasses is much more fun.