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Response to Treason vs Free Speech- to Rachel Peck

Reader comment on item: The End of Treason

Submitted by Green Devil (United States), Aug 18, 2005 at 02:45

I disagree with Rachel Peck over her assertion that only actions and not speech can be treasonous. Speech is an action. In peacetime, amongst Americans, speech is a right bestowed upon us by our Constitition which ultimately is the will of the People. Once you have engaged in a war, or been attacked, you must take sides by definition. That is the nature and meaning of war. US vs THEM. In that situation, to use the liberties and Constitution of US to side with THEM is an action that should be considered as deadly as using your own armies weaponry against fellow soldiers. It is treason on its face and should not be tolerated. Once we defeat our enemies (THEM) and a return to peace is secured I feel it is perfectly legitimate to challenge your fellow American on political matters. NOT DURING A WAR!!

I use the terms US and THEM for good reason. It does not matter who the THEM is. In past times it has meant several different enemies, some of whom are now allies. To shirk your responsibility as a citizen and to speak out IN TIME OF WAR IN FAVOR OF YOUR ENEMY brings you what? Is the enemy going to supply you with the same rights and Constitution or do they wish to exploit your naive point of view as another weapon against US including yourself. Do you really think you will have these same priveleges under THEM?

I am all for free speech, but at some point you have to take sides. Taking sides through speech is an action that should be looked at closely during a war. How dare you use the rights you have with US to bring about the destruction of the people that freely give you these same rights to an enemy (THEM) that wants nothing more than to snuff you out and subject you to their tyranny.

I could not disagree with your more.


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