Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Raimondo Says Rand Paul has Committed Treason

Justin writes and he is correct:
The spectacle of virtually the entire Senate GOP caucus mobilizing in support of a foreign power in order to drag us into war with Iran has certainly been instructive. Not since the Federalist party plotted with the British during the War of 1812 has an American fifth column been so open about their treason.
But isn’t the "t"-word a bit hyperbolic? After all, don’t all Americans, even the worst warmongers among us, have the right to free speech? Those members of Congress were merely expressing their opinion – right?

"Soon after the U.S. and other major powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Israel was spying on the closed-door talks.

"The spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal, current and former U.S. officials said. In addition to eavesdropping, Israel acquired information from confidential U.S. briefings, informants and diplomatic contacts in Europe, the officials said.
"The espionage didn’t upset the White House as much as Israel’s sharing of inside information with U.S. lawmakers and others to drain support from a high-stakes deal intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program, current and former officials said."
To be clear: the Israelis penetrated our communications, and used other means – including "informants" presumably inside the U.S. government – to uncover details about the emerging deal with Iran, and then passed this information on, perhaps indirectly, to their congressional fifth column, including presidential aspirants Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, all of whom then signed on to Sen. Tom Cotton’s "open letter" to Tehran.
If this isn’t treason, then the word has no meaning.


  1. Gotta hand it to Justin. He defended Rand as long as he could, but once Rand finally went to far with the Senate letter to Iran, Justin's just as hard on Rand as he is everybody else.

  2. "Treason" has a very specific definition in the Constitution because, as Edwin Vieira notes, it was used by the British as a political crime and had a very loose meaning prior to the Revolutionary War.

    Article III, Section 3:

    "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."

    Seeing as how this involves Israel, which isn't technically an "enemy" of the United States, often wrong Raimondo gets a big fat zero once again.

    You know, it's good that Justin's becoming finally disillusioned, but please, some restraint with the rhetoric.

    Moreover, no one is ever going to try and go after anyone in Congress for something as significant as treason, especially something this distinctly non-treasonous.

    John McCain arming what would become ISIS. Yes. Crickets, though.

    1. You are correct: Raimondo was not.

    2. When you support the income tax and the incarceration of citizens who reject the proposition that the fruits of their labor must be surrendered, in part, to the federal government and you refuse to do anything to abolish the income tax and the IRS, you are committing treason because you are levying war on the citizens of all 50 states and you are giving aid and comfort to their communist, progressive, socialist democrat and republican party enemies.

      The same reasoning applies to any member of congress who supports the confiscation of wealth in order to transfer it to the Hebrew state. Israel is not a friend to the American taxpayer. You support stealing my money in order to give it to Mossad and other Zionist causes, you are levying war on American citizens in all 50 states and you are giving aid and comfort to their enemies.

  3. Rand Paul is awful - a lying hypocrite with only his own political fortune in mind.

  4. Rand Paul is awful - a hypocrite with only his own political fortunes on mind. He's suckered a lot of decent folks for some time, but also a lot of folks that should have seen this coming for ages, based on his behavior, and instead played dumb.

    1. Chill, Chris. I didn't mean it literally. ;-)

    2. "If this isn’t treason, then the word has no meaning."

      Justin is being a little hyperbolic here. Surely he understands the constitution's definition of treason. I think he gets a little shrill sometimes.