Hang ‘Em High! Republicans and Sedition

17 Oct

Yeah – I think this would be fitting…Line up all 200 or so Tea Baggers… And treat them as the traitors they are. Petition Calls For Arrest Of Republican Leaders For Sedition

The 16-day shutdown of the federal government has finally come to an end, but many Americans are still furious about what they perceive as a GOP-sponsored gambit to defund the Affordable Care Act.

One outlet for that fury is a petition from the progressive that calls for the U.S. Department of Justice to arrest and try Republican leaders, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), for “the crime of seditious conspiracy against the United States of America.”

The petition argues that “the House GOP leadership’s use of the Hastert Rule and H. Res 368 to shut down the government and threaten the US economy with default is an attempt to extort the United States government into altering or abolishing the Affordable Care Act, and thus, is self-evidently a seditious conspiracy.” (The U.S. Codedefines “seditious conspiracy” in part as any conspiracy “to oppose by force the authority [of the U.S. government], or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States.”)

With more than 21,000 signatures to date, the petition reflects a wider revulsion over the government’s costly political meltdown — which, among other consequences, resulted in furloughs for 800,000 federal workers, the shuttering of some Head Start programs, the suspension of federal health and safety inspections, and the loss of $24 billion in economic activity.

At the end of the standoff, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was among those still angered by the shutdown, although not so angry as to accuse anyone of being an enemy of the state.

“I’m glad that the government shutdown has ended, and I’m relieved that we didn’t default on our debt. But I want to be clear: I am NOT celebrating tonight,” the senator wrote in an email Wednesday night. “So I’m relieved, but I’m also pretty angry.”


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3 responses to “Hang ‘Em High! Republicans and Sedition

  1. Steve

    October 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I’ve heard quite a bit of talk about legal action, either by the atty general or general citizens. The problem is that congress cannot be prosecuted, they have some sort of exception from prosecution in carrying out their “duties”. It’s my understanding that certain felonies can be prosecuted though.

    Also, the term “force” is debatable unfortunately. There was no physical force, so there’s room for legal argument.

    The best we can do is hope those that normally vote republican wake up… And we take the house (and keep the senate) November 2014.


    • btx3

      October 17, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      The numbers I am hearing about in the South in terms of Democrats raising money is amazing –

      There may well be a tectonic shift.


      • Steve

        October 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        I really do hope I’m wrong. My head says “wait till the next election”, but my heart hopes the TEAliban hangs.

        If southern dems can compete economically, there’s hope.

        These fools have gone too far.



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