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  •  I wish I could convey the impossibility of (1+ / 0-)
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    maintaining a Democracy once politicians start getting their heads lopped off for "Treason" because a huge majority sees their actions in office as harmful to the country.

    But people do not get it.  The cathartic thrill they get from yelling "treason" seems to short circuit reason.

    "But the traitors will pretend / that it's gettin' near the end / when it's beginning" P. Ochs

    by JesseCW on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 11:49:23 PM PDT

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    •  Treason, extortion and blackmail (0+ / 0-)

      These are all different terms that mean different things.  The Republicans could be treasonous without using the tactics of extortion or blackmail.  They could be lying to each other and the American people, or they could simply be this stupid in not realizing the harm they are causing the country.  Are they malicious, or simply contrary?

      But in this case, the proper verb is extortion.  They are threatening great harm unless they get their course of action.  While this may not be illegal, and no charge of treason would hold up in court or Congress, what the Republicans are doing is completely immoral - and they know it.  The only question left is, why are they doing this?  Is the campaign money they receive from their donors really enough to check their moral compass at the doors of the Capitol, or did they even have a moral compasses to start?

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