Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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Recently, President Donald “Sick of Winning Yet?” Trump met privately with Russian President Vladimir “No Beans for Me Because I’m” Putin in Helsinki. And as expected, the Left reacted like they usually do on a day ending in Y: they lost their collectivist minds. After decades of telling us we should be more like Russia, the Left pulled a 180 and said Russia was our enemy. (Couldn’t have something to do with the fact Russia may have had a hand in exposing the DNC as a corrupt bunch of morons, could it? Naaaaaaaah!) And because Trump met with Putin in private, there is a new word that has formed on Leftists’ lips: treason.

Seven little letters, one big accusation.

Although I’ve covered this topic before, in light of the current Leftist freakout du jour, let’s take another look at treason to see what all the fuss is about.

treason

What the Left thinks it means – helping an enemy to undermine America at any time

What it really means – a highly-charged term that is being waaaaaaaaay overused right now

Since we’re dealing with a political/legal term, let’s take a look at what the US Code says about treason. Title 18 of the Code states the following:

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 and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Death or imprisonment and fines? There go my summer vacation plans…

Seriously, the US Code opens up a lot of questions pertinent to the current discussion of whether Trump’s meeting with Putin rises to the level of treason. The first question is what constitutes an enemy of the United States. Well, that’s open for debate. For example, I would consider Michael Bay to be an enemy of the United States because he doesn’t know how to make a good movie. Furthermore, anyone who keeps going to his movies are giving him aid and comfort by encouraging him to make more Transformers movies. Others (presumably Mr. Bay himself included) would disagree.

In the current scenario, the Left wants us to see Russia as an enemy, which would support their claim Trump committed treason. The reality, however, is a bit more complicated. Russia isn’t quite our enemy. They do things that make it look and sound that way, but they are still considered to be somewhat friendly towards us. And make no mistake, I trust Putin slightly more than a used car salesman at Uncle Sleazy’s Auto Emporium (where their motto is “205 Fraud Convictions Don’t Stop Us From Making Great Deals”). My personal misgivings aside, Russia and the US have maintained a tolerable relationship. To call Russia an enemy is like calling Bill Nye the Science Guy a source for accurate information on climate change: it might be right, but not often enough.

Leftists also point to Trump’s frequent criticisms of our intelligence agencies as proof of his treason, but even that’s a stretch thanks to a little thing the kids like to call the First Amendment. Although Trump’s mistrust of intelligence (both literal and governmental) can be harsh and undeserved at times, he has a right to speak his mind and to redress grievances with the government. And that includes the intelligence community. For the Left to be right…err correct on this, they would have to say the President exercising his First Amendment rights is tantamount to treason.

Let that sink in for a moment. Then get a really stiff drink to steel yourself for the next sentence.

This is what the Left is going for in lieu of a message for the midterms.

Even though Trump’s not running, the Left is using the “Treason Summit” as a means to hold Republican candidates accountable for what the Left says Trump did. Granted, the Right does this, too, but it’s stupid no matter who does it. And with the charge itself being more tenuous than the plot of a murder mystery written by Joe Biden, it makes the Left look unhinged. That may be what the cool kids are doing, but outside the DNC bubble, it doesn’t play well to test audiences. That’s why #WalkAway is a thing now.

Pushing the treason argument is a calculated move, but one that reeks of desperation. As much as the Left keeps talking about a “Blue Wave” in November, the current environment isn’t conducive to a wave, blue or otherwise. The DNC is losing donors, money, and long-time candidates at an alarming rate, so they need something to fire up their base to try to stop the bleeding. And apparently their solution involves accusing Trump of treason because…well, they’re still working on a reason that sounds better than “because we want him removed from office for beating Hillary Clinton.”

Ah, but there’s the problem. If you allow yourself to get caught up in the emotion without taking a moment to ask whether a private meeting between two world leaders constitutes treason, you’re going to get really disappointed when people outside of your circles aren’t willing to join you in your quest. Face it, kids. Crying “treason” right now isn’t going to help you win back the House and Senate, and it may wind up hurting you in 2020, which is going to be the next time you will have a chance to beat President Trump. Impeachment has gone nowhere. The Mueller investigation has gone nowhere. And treason will go nowhere, and for the same reason as impeachment and “Mueller Time”: a lack of discernable evidence that can’t be reasoned away.

In the meantime, let’s grab some popcorn and a cold drink and watch the fireworks!

DOJ has Failed

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The Department of Justice under the Trump Administration has made a grievous error in judgment. The Assistant Attorney General Kevin Boyd has announced that the DOJ will not pursue charges against Lois Lerner for her direct role in denying tax-exempt status to conservative organizations during the Obama Administration.

The reasoning? Not enough available evidence to reopen the investigation. That is absurd. The very purpose of an investigation is to gather evidence that will lead to prosecution and conviction. Again the Trump Administration is failing to do the job it promised to do during the presidential campaign.

Two very important actions must be taken by the Department of Justice. These actions will not only save face for the Administration but they will fulfill the President’s campaign promises to the American people who elected him to that high office.

The Attorney General of the United States must open investigations and bring charges against Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton. Both have committed crimes against the United States and the American people. One has committed Treason. And both should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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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.

treason

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.

Above the Law

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The Clinton’s sit like Kings of old. They are the law and they above it. This has been seen in the past. And we see it again with Hillary Clinton now.

The FBI has stated the facts of the case. She did send 110 emails that contained classified information. She willingly admitted to deleting emails. This is obstruction of justice and destroying evidence. The accused doesn’t get to decide what evidence is relevant or not in any investigation. Her private email servers could have been hacked by unknown 3rd parties. And many more emails have been retroactively declared classified.

Yet the FBI states they will not press charges against Hillary Clinton. Why not? Because she and her staff, although extremely careless, they did not act intentionally to break the law.

The very idea infuriates me. If I were to destroy potential evidence because I personally thought it wasn’t relative to the investigation. I would be charged for that crime. If I were to inadvertently leak classified information in an insecure email. I would loose security clearance, and be facing criminal charges. Even if I were to inadvertently speed while driving carelessly. I would have a ticket, be getting fined, and having all kinds of repercussions.

But not a Clinton. Not the Queen of the Democratic Party. She is untouchable. The laws of our nation simply do not apply to Hillary Clinton. Besides what difference does it make?

Ignorance of the law and one’s intent have never been excuses or justifications for violating the law. If a Republican presidential candidate had done this, charges would be filed. But Hillary Clinton gets out of jail free.