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Berkeley, Sedition, and how to proceed from here

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

A murder is less to fear."

I start this post with this quote for one reason...

I hate traitors.  Hate them with a fiery passion that prays for their damnation in a warm suite down the hall from Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer.  I hope all of the things described by Dante are as good as described and that they will be equally applied to all of them.

This quote comes from an article by Kyle-Anne Shiver at the American Thinker, and I love it.  She makes a couple of very salient points...

So far, I haven't seen any official calls for their little bayshore city to be surrounded by an armed force of Navy, Marines, Army and National Guard and blockaded from the rest of the country.  But they should take a lesson from the likes of us whose ancestors tried stunts like this in the past, and do a more hasty and substantial retreat before they have to find out for themselves just how hard it can be to face off with the Union.

She also points out, for those of us in the cheap seats...

Benjamin, readers may remember, is the patriotic American who spearheaded the effort in 2004 to hand over $600,000 in cash and supplies to the terrorist "insurgents" in Fallujah, Iraq.

At this point, there is something that bears pointing out...

And that is this long winded, but salient point;

In 1940, the Alien Registration Act or Smith Act was passed, which made it a crime to advocate or teach the desirability of overthrowing the United States Government, or to be a member of any organization which does the same. It was often used against Communist organizations. The act was invoked in three major trials;

In 1941 against the Socialist Worker's Party in Minneapolis, resulting in 23 convictions.

In 1944 in what became known as "The Great Sedition Trial", of pro-Nazi figures which ended in a mistrial.

A series of trials of 140 leaders of the Communist Party USA was also predicated upon the Smith Act beginning in 1949, and lasting until 1957. Although the Supreme Court upheld the convictions of 11 CPUSA leaders in 1951, the court reversed itself in 1957 in Yates v. United States by ruling that teaching an ideal, no matter how inimical that onlookers may view it to the United States, does not equal advocating or planning its implementation.

Although unused since at least 1961, the Smith Act remains US law.

I don't care if you want to call me, the person who offers to lay down their life for your freedom, a baby killer, wanton rapist, imperialist dog lackey, capitalist boot licker etc.  The First Amendment gives you that right.

It also gives me the right to call you, Medea Benjamin and your ilk; socialist oxygen thieves, warts upon the ass of society, and traitorous filthy libtard scum of the earth.

But Code Pink has crossed a line and I am in agreement with Kyle-Anne...

The people of the United States of America do not possess unlimited patience with those who feel themselves above the Constitution that protects us all.

Good Americans who care about the young men and women who continue to make it safe for us to sleep warm and secure at night and have the rights we do will always suffer the slings and arrows of our enemies on the battlefield in defense of those freedoms for not only everyone else, but themselves as well.

But they will not long suffer fools who cannot tell the difference between tyranny and freedom and at every turn, use the same rights they fight for to plan, scheme and assist our enemies.

Given how this little battle in Berkeley has unfolded, I think most would agree that they should consider themselves warned....