"Casey knew that the war was wrong from the beginning. But he felt it was
his duty to go, that his buddies were going, and that he had no choice. The
people who send our young, honorable, brave soldiers to die in this war, have
no skin in the game. They don't have any loved ones in harm's way. As for people
like O'Reilly and Hannity and Michelle Malkin and Rush Limbaugh and all the
others who are attacking me and parroting the administration line that we must
complete the mission there – they don't have one thing at stake. They don't
suffer through sleepless nights worrying about their loved ones."
- Cindy Sheehan
International blowhard Bill O'Reilly
has decided it's his duty to smear as a traitor the mother of a dead American
soldier for standing up to the "public servant" who sent the
young man off to die for lies.
Cindy Sheehan is demanding a chance to speak to Bush outside
of the Crawford, Texas, pig
farm chosen for Bush by his PR men during
his presidential run. O'Reilly hides his accusations
[video file] behind the presumed feelings of unnamed others. In an exchange
with the pro-concentration camp
Michelle Malkin on the Fox News Channel, he said:
"[S]he's the lead story on Michael Moore's Web site on an almost daily
basis. And she knows – I mean, Michael Moore isn't a subtle guy. Everybody
knows where he stands. I think Mrs. Sheehan bears some responsibility for this
and also for the responsibility of other American families who have lost sons
and daughters in Iraq who feel that this kind of behavior borders on
Besides the ridiculous
guilt by association (Did you hear
she's friends with a gal who once wrote nice things about Castro and that she
obviously hates Jews since she uses the word "neocon"?), what
exactly is it that she's responsible for? The deaths
of the kids whose families he invokes? Their sadness?
Treason is the only crime defined in the U.S.
Constitution, and the definition is specific, "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." They did this specifically to prevent the state from being able
to label dissent against their policy as treason.
There is nothing that "borders" on treason.
As Lysander Spooner famously explained in 1867:
"This is the only definition of treason given by the Constitution,
and it is to be interpreted, like all other criminal laws, in the sense most
favorable to liberty and justice. Consequently the treason here spoken of, must
be held to be treason in fact, and not merely something that may have been
falsely called by that name.
"To determine, then, what is treason in fact, we are not to look to the
codes of Kings, and Czars, and Kaisers, who maintain their power by force and
fraud; who contemptuously call mankind their 'subjects;' who claim to have a
special license from heaven to rule on earth; who teach that it is a religious
duty of mankind to obey them; who bribe a servile and corrupt priest-hood to
impress these ideas upon the ignorant and superstitious; who spurn the idea that
their authority is derived from, or dependent at all upon, the consent of their
people; and who attempt to defame, by the false epithet of traitors, all who
assert their own rights, and the rights of their fellow men, against such
"Instead of regarding this false and calumnious meaning of the word
treason, we are to look at its true and legitimate meaning in our mother tongue;
at its use in common life; and at what would necessarily be its true meaning in
any other contracts, or articles of association, which men might voluntarily
enter into with each other.
"The true and legitimate meaning of the word treason, then, necessarily
implies treachery, deceit, breach of faith. Without these, there can be no treason.
A traitor is a betrayer – one who practices injury, while professing friendship.
Benedict Arnold was a traitor, solely because, while professing friendship for
the American cause, he attempted to injure it."
Here Spooner, a
Boston Yankee, is defending those who had, in fact, renounced their allegiance
to the state and waged war against it. All Cindy Sheehan, self-described "true
patriot," is doing is demanding to know the answer to her question, "Why did my
son die in Iraq?" She has not committed any "overt acts" on behalf of The
Terrorists™, she just opposes this war.
The reason of a man like Spooner is no match for the feelings of a man like
O'Reilly, who never misses the opportunity to take the side of the state against
an individual, so let's go ahead and accept his definition of treason for the
sake of argument. Since Bill can't bring himself to speak directly when leveling
such accusations, let's go with the idea that those who argue for policies that
supposedly help our enemies are traitors, e.g., Michael Moore and his co-conspirator
So far the war in Iraq has cost 1,846 American lives with more than
14,000 wounded. More than $300 billion has
been wasted as Congress raises the debt ceiling to $9 trillion,
the value of the money is being destroyed
through inflation, and prices have soared – including oil, which is now
$65 per barrel. Bond-holders,
[.pdf], and base-builders are
making a killing off the taxpayers, while the economy suffers. Some fear economic
catastrophe; some actually hope an economic collapse will hurry up and destroy
the U.S. before we start World War III.
experts at the
CIA, the Royal Institute for
International Affairs [.pdf], as well as an Israeli think tank
and the Saudi government, along with about everyone on earth who doesn't
work for Fox News, can see that the war in Iraq has greatly expanded the number
of jihadists bent on killing Americans. It is exactly what bin Laden wanted.
Iranian mullahs have a large new province,
having long ago won the loyalty
of the SCIRI and Da'wa parties'
leadership. Hopefully this will not be just one more excuse to invade them. The U.S. is
well on the way to becoming the international "rogue state" that we're always invading others for
being (China is now
more popular in worldwide polls). The PATRIOT Act,
the Department of Homeland
Security, and so-called "enemy combatant" status for
Americans are destroying the rights and separations
of power that made America a great place to live in the first place.
The really interesting part is who did the lying: a cabal of ex-Trotskyite egghead
civilian appointees to the Pentagon (none
of whom were ever in the military, and one of whom has been indicted
[.pdf] for spying), who had planned to invade Iraq for years as
part of their "Clean Break"
strategy for Israel. They funneled the
lies of Ahmed Chalabi, who, it turns out, was
working for Iran all along, to the administration via their "stovepipe" to
the vice president's
office, who fed them to us.
Two weeks ago, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari went to Iran to lay a wreath at the grave of
the Ayatollah Khomenei. The majority of Iraq's elected officials want to
sharia law in the new constitution. Barbers are being murdered
by the "police" in Basra, once the freest city in Iraq, for giving a man a shave
and a haircut. That is the freedom the U.S. has brought to Iraq. The mission
is complete: Majority rule is taking hold in Iraq, and if you think this is
failure, just wait until the full-blown civil war breaks out.
George Bush says
that to "just pull out," (not a very manly thing to do)
would "send a terrible message to the terrorists." Never mind the local insurgents
who want us out. No, must stay for at least a decade
to advance the
Democratic Revolution" across the Middle East – and to create a million
more terrorists to kill later. Never mind that Bush has at this late date, besides
repeating the foolish refrain "he refused to disarm," reduced
his pathetic excuses for invading Iraq in the first place to Abu Nidal, who had been dead
since 2002, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whose "terrorist base" was up in Kurdistan, which,
beneath the "no-fly zones," was basically an autonomous region controlled by
our friends Barzani and Talabani. It has been revealed
that the U.S. military had wanted to go in and kill Zarqawi, but Bush would not let them attack for
fear it would undercut their fake excuse for war.
O'Reilly keeps "mouthing
far left position"
that the U.S. should tax and spend around the world, smashing societies and
then socially engineering them back to wonderful "democratic" health for the
greater good. Add to this his national-socialist "populist" brownshirt mentality
– "you're either with me, or you're my enemy" – and you have two positions
that couldn't be more destructive to the future of this country if they were
designed by agents of the old KGB.
So, Bill, who is the traitor?