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    where4art, Fireshadow, greenearth, avsp

    I do NOT understand why their actions are not an overt attempt to undermine the effectiveness of government.

    Why is everyone pretendending that these people are public servants--and not individuals who are engaged in seditious activities?

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 04:32:22 PM PST

    •  I'm not sure *what* the word is... (4+ / 0-)
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      livjack, Fireshadow, greenearth, avsp

      My thought for a while now is that it's treasonous—but that's not right because treason is specifically about aiding another country against your country's interests.

      But it's not sedition, either, because sedition (according to Webster's) involves "incitement of resistance or insurrection against lawful authority." These guys aren't rabble-rousing; they're grandstanding without regard for the consequences of their actions.

      Anyway, I agree with you that what these idiots are doing should be, basically, against the law. As you say, when "public servants" work to "undermine the effectiveness of government" and the behavior is tolerated, there's something very, very wrong.

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