Saturday, May 14, 2022

Some Thoughts on Treason While Waiting for the Results of My Covid Test

While waiting for the results of my Covid test in the Swiss village of Dagmesellen, I happened to look at the inside of my passport, where there is this inspiring quote:


“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”


Union. Justice. Tranquility. Welfare. Liberty. Each and every one of which the Repugnitan Party is actively trying to shut down. Why are they not being tried for treason?


Take Union. President Obama began his first term reaching across the table to work together and the unspoken (and spoken) answer was “Not on your life. We will do everything in our power to work against you, discredit you, spread lies about you and vote against everything you propose.” This was a conscious, active decision, a premeditated policy that started in the mid-90’s with Newt Gingrich’s purposively divisive politics that had nothing to do with the common good of “we the people”—all the people of the United States. The new party line was “We the people who look like us and think like us and are white, male, rich ‘Christians.’ ” ("Christians" in quotes because anyone who has seriously studied Jesus knows he would not approve.)

And on it has continued, culminating in a President who narrowed the “we” down further to anyone who agreed with him, no matter what garbage spewed from his mouth insulting Mexicans, Muslims, women, the disabled, the Democrats, the journalists and more. Their rallying cry is to sow the seeds of division at all costs, a cry amplified by Fox News and beyond. They’re at it again with Biden. No allegiance to the President and the Constitution they swore to uphold. Treason.


Then Justice. Have you noticed all the shenanigans to stop citizens from voting? Ongoing, relentless and shameless. The long support of absolving police from murdering black people, the thinking nothing of locking immigrant kids in cages and now taking away the right of women to control their bodies. Criminals like the last President and so many of his cronies still walking around free while these traitors keep doing everything they can to build the wall that keeps the moral arc from coming closer to Justice. 


Domestic Tranquility? Dream on. Every action, every word on Fox news, designed to foment division, to stir up hatred, to sow the seeds of discord. 


The common defence? (Interesting ,the only word not capitalized). Let’s imagine that the treason stops short of not supporting the military. I don’t enough of the details to comment.

We’ll give them one point.


But when it comes to Welfare, meaning the well-being of our citizens, every action is about privatizing services like health care and mental health care and education in favor of those who inherited the money through the privilege of race and gender and the hell with the rest. Go back through the policies of every government since Reagan and you’ll see that any bill designed to promote the general welfare came from Democrats, often vehemently opposed by Republicans. 


Which brings us to Liberty, not only for our current citizens, but with forethought for Posterity and the lives of our descendants. All they do is block, block, block any steps towards a genuine progress that shows care, support, equality. They denied the election, denied Covid, denied climate change and now are hard at work denying children the right to know their history, denying women the right to control their bodies when impregnated by men who have no accountability, denying voters the right to vote simply and freely and when their plan to make certain of them with darker skin stand in line for ten hours comes to fruition, then criminalizing anyone who brings them a drink of water. The depth of the shamelessness, the height of the treason, is simply extraordinary. And yet here they are, not only walking around free, but somehow with the power to keep shutting down democracy as envisioned in the Constitution. 


Can we require Congress to recite the above Preamble each and every day and re-affirm their allegiance and hold them accountable when they don’t? If so, when? If not, why not?

P.S. I tested negative so I can get on my flight home. Can I please come back to a country where Democracy still exists?


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