Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Trump accuses Democrats of treason for not applauding him

Yesterday, conservative President Trump accused Democrats of treason because they didn't applaud him during his State of the Union speech. (Washington Post Commentary)

“Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Shall we call that treason? Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”

Treason is defined by the Constitution in Article 3. It's giving aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. It is not lawful dissent. Trump has now labeled his critics as traitors. This is about as un-American as one can get. In this country, the United States, we have free speech. That's what makes us so great. From the marketplace of ideas, truth can spring out. Only totalitarian governments endorse allegiance to a dictator who demands total loyalty.

It's so serious that I need a laugh to ease the fear that I have for America. In the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy, Blazing Saddles, the totally inept Governor Lepetomane (Mel Brooks) lectures a state congressman for not "harrumphing" enough. Check out the funny clip below.

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