The evidence is clear. Governor Bevin of Kentucky is, in essence, calling for an uprising
against the democratically elected government the United States. This nation can no longer tolerate such talk. An example must be made. If Bevin continues to call for rebellion after the election, he should be arrested and tried for treason. Moreover, the government should seek the death penalty.
will discipline these right-wing secessionist maniacs.
The Constitution is clear:
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.
18 U.S. Code § 2381 is quite clear:
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
I see nothing in these definitions specifying a foreign
enemy. We can cite precedent: William Bruce Mumford was hanged for treason after he tore down a United States flag during the Civil War, a far lesser offense (in my view) than that committed by Governor Bevin. Two men were convicted of treason during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791; George Washington commuted their death sentence.
Today, we are beset by a bold band of internal enemies -- an army of right-wing fiends who seek nothing less than an end to democracy. Until they are taught a harsh lesson, they will continue to talk treason every time the people elect someone they don't like. Right-wingers must be made to understand that if they ignore the laws quoted above, they will pay the ultimate price.
These sanctimonious conspiracy-crazed traitors love to speak grandly of the need to water the tree of liberty with blood. Very well. As much as I despise violence (even when legally justified), and despite my belief that justice should be tempered by mercy, the right seems intent on forcing the issue.