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TREASON – No longer a battlefield term?

22 December 2009 4,274 views One Comment


In the past, the word “treason” would conjure images of a lone soldier running across the battlefield to the opposing General to divulge battle plans or a secret of some sort.  Today, the concept of “treasonous behavior” has become confused with the advent of the 24 hour financial market that views a country’s borders and identity as little more than a nuisance that relates to the timeline of its specific trading market, stock exchanges, etc.  How then can treasonous behavior be defined? 

First, complexities of criminal enforcement must be dealt with; for example, much like a falling tree in the middle of a forest, does a criminal act occur if there’s nobody there to prosecute it? 

The Government is the enforcer of the laws via the Executive Branch.  It is fully authorized not only to enforce the law but also to choose to ignore it.  We Truth believes much of the problems stem from the immunity given to political offices, government workers, courts, etc.  The reasons given to provide immunity to government officials presupposes that they will never be the cause of the problems and that immunity allows them to operate outside the threat of influence from lawsuits.   Also, while immunity is given to our leaders, it certainly flies in the face of decency to ignore the harm they may cause innocent citizens.  For example, Pennsylvania is one state that still has not found the humanity and decency in financially compensating an individual wrongfully convicted and then released fully.  Leaving the conspiracy of government officials aside in many of those matters, how can any decent society, that admits to committing a wrong against another and possibly denied that person the one chance at a productive life, deny that person any compensation.  Pennsylvania should support the Innocence Project.  The following states do not compensate individuals wrongfully convicted: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.

Second, the concept of treason must be redefined to cover the realities of a modern financial world. 

For example, General Electric has committed treason numerous times when selling technology to foreign governments not friendly to the U.S.  What is their punishment?  They are allowed to keep billions of dollars off our shores and given huge government contracts.  That in itself is offensive but, considering the millions of dollars they then give politicians,  they and the politicians should be considered traitors.  There is no compromise to be made when the lives of our citizens and the future of our economy is placed at risk.

Third, Treason as a specific criminal offense should be separated into different categories requiring different punishments

Our Judicial system has long overlooked its responsibility to the people and we have been too eager to delegate our power to both Congress and the Executive Branch.  The Founders believed and the Constitution requires that public officials must not violate their duty to the people. 

When a person voluntarily becomes a representative of the people they also voluntarily lose some of their own rights.  A politician is not permitted to seek personal gain at the expense of the people.  For that matter, even the appearance of impropriety should be disfavored.  The is no “fine line” to be walked when filling the shoes of patriotism.  You either walk the walk or you simply walk out of your office and go find a job in the private sector. 

We Truth believes that clearly defining terms and the law does not detract from its meaning but rather it clarifies the limitations of allowable conduct. 

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