On May 16, 1918, the United States Congress passed the Sedition Act, a piece of legislation designed to protect America’s participation in World War I. The Act was aimed at socialists, pacifists and other anti-war activists and imposed harsh penalties on anyone found guilty of making false statements that interfered with the prosecution of the war; insulting or abusing the U.S. government, the flag, the Constitution or the military. But just three years later in 1921 after debate and examination of the First Amendment Congress was compelled to repeal the Act and the crime of sedition was for all intents and purposes eliminated except in egregious cases of provable malicious intent. So what’s going on in the United States today? Is it sedition or a protest? Sedition is defined as the crime of revolting or inciting revolt against the authority of the state, while protests can be defined as a statement or action expressing disapproval of, or objection to something.
No, I do not accuse the left of sedition, but what the House democrats are doing is equally as despicable. Attorney General Bill Barr has accused Congressional democrats of using every means possible to sabotage the Trump administration and in doing so has set a dangerous precedent in implying that this government is illegitimate. Attorney General Barr obviously feels that liberal lawmakers are attacking the very foundations of the Constitution.
Unfortunately for the country, the Left has been very successful in incapacitating the executive branch via its unremitting investigations, subpoenas and attempts to derail appointments by the president since the day he was inaugurated. And lest we forget, his opponents, i.e., “the resistance” have used every tool and maneuver in their armamentarium to disrupt the functioning of the executive branch since the day the president was elected.
This has taken a terrible toll on the nation. Tell me, does any democrat reading this think it benefited the United States when their party chose to interview the president’s former attorney Michael Cohen at precisely the moment the president was negotiating with Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, or that it helps the president negotiate better trade deals with the Chinese (who rob us blind) by the constant talk of impeachment when they know they do not have a legitimate case?
The term “resistance” itself is the language used to describe insurgencies against the rule of an occupying military force, and connotes that the government is not legitimate—think the French “resistance” during World War II. Is this what the democrats think about our democratic process? Is the left is so blinded by its hatred of the president they are unaware of the inherent danger in their attempt to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government?
Political dissent is healthy – it’s one of the reasons the Founders established the First Amendment. But I have no respect for those who want to impeach the president without pointing to a specific crime. Having said that, if someone believes the president has committed an impeachable crime, I say go for it and best of luck in trying to prove it under the guidelines set forth in the Constitution. Meanwhile, to those who cannot point to a specific “high crime or misdemeanor” and simply want the president impeached and removed for whatever personal reason they have, I have absolutely no respect. These are the hypocrites who want the benefits of living under our Constitution, but choose to disregard that document when it comes to their personal ideology. To them I suggest they find a country that eschews due process and move there.
There’s an old expression, that peace will come to the Middle East when Muslims love their children more than they hate the Jews—likewise, the United States as a nation will thrive was a constitutional republic when the democrats decide they love their country more than they hate Donald Trump.
So my advice to democrats is simple—if you want the president removed from office, find a candidate who can win the next election!