Over at Patheos (read pathological), Mark Shea, who has a tendency to regale us with his paucity of intellect from time to time (see here) is mocking supporters of Donald Trump while accusing Patrick Buchanan of "treason."
The mental and moral midget writes:
"When a Muslim urges the violent overthrow of the United States we call that 'terrorism'. When an American Muslim does it, we call that 'treason'.
When a grumpy old white male Trump supporter does it, Trumpkins call it 'patriotism', but in fact it is still treason. And if it finds violent expression, it is still terrorism.
News flash to Trumpkins: Your Dear Leader is trailing in the polls fair and square and he will lose fair and square. He already knows it, which is why he is telling his mob of knuckledragging mouthbreathers the election is 'rigged' so they will reject the results of the election as a 'conspiracy' when they lose. This is toxic to our Constitutional order. You will lose. Too bad. Grow up. And if you take up arms against your country in a fit of adolescent pique you will be rightly and properly crushed for your treason."
Let's set aside Mr. Shea's fit of partisan politics and look at this calmly and objectively.
If Mr. Buchanan and others are guilty of "treason" for desiring an overthrow of a government which most Americans would agree has become thoroughly corrupt, then our Founding Fathers were guilty of agitating treason.
Ben Franklin, whom Shea obviously hasn't read, said clearly that:
"We need a revolution every 200 years, because all governments become stale and corrupt after 200 years."
And how old is America now Mr. Shea?
Thomas Jefferson, that treasonous and "grumpy old white male," said that:
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established,
should not be changed for light and transient causes... But, when
a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
despotism, it is [the people's] right, it is their duty, to throw
off such government, and to provide new guards for their future
security." --Thomas Jefferson: Declaration of Independence, 1776.
Clearly Mr. Shea has no sense of American history. But then, Mr. Shea has evidenced very little sense whatsoever.