What is treason if practiced in the United States today?
The Constitution specifically identifies what constitutes treason against the United States and, importantly, limits the offense of treason to only two types of conduct: (1) “levying war” against the United States; or (2) “adhering to [the] enemies [of the United States], giving them aid and comfort.”
It appears that some Republicans may have committed treason by helping Russia but this is only an act of treason if Russia is considered an enemy. So far, research only shows that Russia is a rival, not an enemy of the United States. Thus, the apparent despicable acts of some Republicans should not be considered treasonous. But, these episodes of some Republicans could be construed as disloyal and may come close to treason.
McConnel may have committed treason with his decision not to support President Obama’s wish to reveal to the American public CIA reports that Russia was supporting Trump in the 2016 election.
January 6 Insurrection:
“If some of those who attacked the Capitol assembled in order to incapacitate Congress—perhaps even by kidnapping or killing lawmakers—then their actions could be construed as an attempt to overthrow the government, and federal prosecutors could plausibly consider treason charges.”
“No amount of playacting and rationalizing can change the fact that the majority of the Republican Party and its apologists are advocating for the overthrow of an American election and the continued rule of a sociopathic autocrat.”
It seems that the Republican Party has in the past and still is making some profound mistakes that have turned away quite a lot of support. As a result, the party has had to resort to cheating by changing the voting laws in a lot of states to favor the Republican Party and packing the judicial courts with right wing judges. The United States is slowly becoming less equal, less democratic, more authoritarian.
Post: July 19, 2021
Comment Approved: July 23, 2021
Updated: July 25, 2021