Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Article Three, Section Three

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
Treason is the only crime that is actually defined in the US Constitution. The charge is of course specific to citizens of the country. Aliens may be charged with espionage, sabotage, sedition, or similar crimes against the independence or survival of a nation. The Congressionally defined penalty for treason, consonant with the universal tradition of every nation, is, as with mutiny, death.

So in theory it is a good thing that the latest known Moslem terrorist bomber is a naturalized citizen. Not good that we are so weak and blind that we clutch the viper to our breast, but we embrace so many -- it is inevitable that certain worthless men, who forswear themselves in the name of their false god and evil cause, will worm their way into the felicity of our commonwealth.

It is a good thing, I say, not because it demonstrates our greatness of spirit -- better to be wise, I think, and prudent in the bestowing of so great a blessing -- but because Congress has set the penalty for his specific crime. Not the current congress, but one from days past, when treason was seen as a more serious thing. Death. The statutory penalty is death. So that's a good thing. Traitors should be killed.

Irony isn't anything like the correct word, although it comes to mind. The correct word is unfortunate. It is unfortunate that America is in so precipitous a decline that it elects weak and evil leaders, without resolve, without wisdom. Our just laws are not applied or enforced, while tyrannical laws spill out of administrative bodies like vomit from a drunkard. Environmental laws, about, uh, carbon, and secondhand smoke, and transfat and dietary salt. Laws about how we are to receive healthcare itself. This, they concern themselves with, while destroying the border, boycotting those who in desperation at last attempt effective self-preservation measures, and punishing those who a generation ago were literal heroes and patriots. Ah. Unfortunate isn't the right word either. Tragic.

Faisal Shahzad, the confessed traitor, a citizen, who is waging violent warfare against the people, government and society of the United States, attempting to commit mass and indiscriminate homicide against random citizens, should be executed. Because we are governed by evil and cowardly political operatives, this will not happen. Suffering under the misrule of incompetents, who, say, gleefully publish such cherished national secrets as the actual number of our nuclear warheads, formerly a top secret, the revealing of which would certainly have led to a charge of treason, with subsequent execution -- well, what human hope do we have?

We have elected a president who adheres to our Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. Who will deliver us?


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