Treason in Congress

  1. Treason in Congress
    Posted: July 7, 2004


    A few days ago, America marked a special day not only in the history of this country, but in the history of the world.

    It was the first time a group of people were willing to sacrifice everything - their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor - for independence from a foreign power and the right to govern themselves.

    Amazingly, just a few days before that, nine members of the U.S. Congress - sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States that protects those important concepts of independence, sovereignty from foreign powers and influences and, most importantly, self-government - invited a foreign power to oversee America's next election.

    Led by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, the nine members of Congress sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan asking him to "deploy election observers" across the country prior to the November vote.

    Now let me put the kindest face on this action by Johnson and her colleagues: It's high treason.

    The very mildest response from her colleagues should be to throw out of office Johnson and the other eight members of the House who signed this embarrassing letter.

    Of course, that won't happen.

    Long ago the House and Senate abdicated their constitutional responsibilities to hold their own members accountable to the law of the land and to standards of conduct and behavior higher than just ordinary citizens.
    We no longer hold members of Congress to even that most minimal standard.

    Now the Congress is littered with know-nothing subversives like Johnson.

    These are people who have no concept of what makes America special in the world. They have no concept of the horrors perpetrated around the world by dictators and would-be dictators. They have no concept that America as a nation under God is and has been the great hope of the world.

    They are clueless.

    The United Nations is a bad joke. It's a scandal-plagued institution from which the United States should extricate itself before it's too late. It represents everything against which our Founding Fathers fought and died. It is an unaccountable band of international busybody elitists. It is a totally un-American concept.

    America was founded on the principle of representative government and independence. The U.N. is not representative of the people of the world. Countries that give their people no voice at all in government get equal or greater representation than countries like the United States that operate on the principle of self-government and republicanism.

    Inviting the U.N. to engage in monitoring of a U.S. election is an attempt to humiliate America on the world stage - to suggest that the U.S. is no better than a tin-pot dictatorship. It would be one thing for some disenchanted citizen to make such an effort; it is another matter when an elected official in Washington does it.

    Has Eddie Bernice Johnson ever read the Declaration of Independence? Has she ever read the Constitution? If she doesn't like our system of government here and thinks Kofi Annan and other foreigners have something better to offer, why doesn't she move out? Why does she flagrantly violate the Constitution she swore to uphold in an attempt to embarrass the country that has given her so much?

    One more thing.

    The House of Representatives should open an investigation of this incident immediately. The American people have a right to know - prior to November's election - who else signed this letter. Who are the other members of the House that committed this treasonable action?

    I can think of no higher priority for House Speaker Dennis Hastert that to police his own body of government, to hold his own members to a minimal ethical and legal standard of accountability.
  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Not truly worth commenting on but my Websters defines

    TREASON as "The illegal act of giving aid and comfort to the enemy"
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    A couple of days ago my mom told me the story of trying to vote in the democrat primaries this year. The election official (in the heavily republican area) brought her over to the touchscreen, and punched in a bunch of stuff to get it "ready" then told her to go ahead.
    She entered her choice for the town council, and then *poof* it showed her vote:
    Primary: no vote Town council: (her choice)
    Big flashing red button: click here to finish.

    The election official- as part of "getting it ready" bypassed all the primary stuff before he let her have access to the screen!
    They had a big screaming match, he kept yelling to push the button! You have to push the red button now! My mom was yelling at him, saying she wasn't going to push it, not til she got ALL her votes in, and he had no business looking at her screen to begin with; it's supposed to be a SECRET ballot!
    She finally figured out how to jump backwards so she could get that part of her vote registered. But it took her a while - and she's an ex-manager at IBM.
    She was really angry even just telling me about it.
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  5. by   fergus51
    I think it's needed with the sham of an election we had last time. Can you imagine if there was an African nation with a story like this? The son of the former president and head of the intelligence agency runs for president and "wins" the presidency by "winning" the state that his brother happens to govern and recounts are stopped by judges, some of whom were appointed by his dad. We would be shaking our heads at the shocking level of corruption and nepotism.
  6. by   donmurray
    Treason seems rather a dramatic term to use. I take it then that you see no need for unbiased observers as to the fairness and honesty of the ballot, unlike half or more of your countrymen, who voted differently, but were disenfranchised by the intervention of the court.
    Last edit by donmurray on Jul 7, '04
  7. by   Dplear
    I am so tired of all these claims of "vote stealing"!!!! There were numoerous recounts of the votes in florida and in EVERY ONE of them President Bush won. People get over it. He won the last election and he is going to win this election. As for the people in congress asking for observers I also feel that this is wrong and a mockery of our country and our ideals.

  8. by   OC_An Khe
    Well Dave it just you how uninformed you are about the 2000 election. It wasn't vote stealing or miscounting that was the problem but people denied their right to vote with no tmely legal recource. There are still 47,000 Fla voters who were removed from the voting roles in 2000 who are still waiting to be put back on the roles. It is thiis denial of the right to vote particularly from people of color that was and still is a major concern for the fairness of our electoral process.
  9. by   Dplear
    convicted felons were removed. last I checked felons are not allowed to vote. They lose that right to vote.

    And I am informed. It is insultiong of you to even say that.

  10. by   fergus51
    Not just convicted felons Dave. People who had names SIMILAR (not the same mind you, just similar) to felons. You wouldn't be mad if you were denied your right as a citizen of this country to vote because you have a similar name to a guy who committed a crime? I would be outraged. I am outraged. If one person is unjustifiably denied their right to vote it should outrage us all.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am with you fergus!!!!!!!!!!!!! I find that an outrage as well. I wonder what hijinks will be uncovered in this election coming up. Already, the predicitions come....sigh. It's so corrupt, it's not funny. And people wonder why some never bother to register and/or vote. It's never been One person One vote,the way it should be. (just for the record I am registered and DO vote, if only to give me the right to complain and do a lot of letter-writing to my legislators!!).
  12. by   fergus51
    Here's a link for you Dave,1848,63781,00.html

    I thought this was particularly important to note:

    "After George Bush won the state by a mere 537 votes, and with it the presidency, the felon list became a subject of national controversy and numerous lawsuits. A study by the Palm Beach Post showed more than 1,100 voters had been wrongfully turned away from the polls."

    It should be noted that a disporportionate number of those turned away were minorities, who just happen to generally vote Democrat. Gee, I wonder why they wanted them off the voter lists? THAT is the type of thing that sickens me about our last election. The people did not get to decide it Dave.
  13. by   fergus51
    Apparently they are trying to do it again this year, but they swear, this time it'll be fair.... right

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    After the 2000 presidential-election debacle in Florida, state and county election officials there agreed to examine whether the names of more than 19,000 people should be restored to the voter rolls because most of them may have been mistakenly identified as convicted felons and thus ineligible to vote.

    (In Florida, convicted felons must apply to get back their voting rights after their sentences are complete, though few manage to do so.)

    Those disenfranchised voters took on increased significance when Bush won the state by just 537 votes.

    Have the snafus been fixed? Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood has now told county supervisors that 47,000 more names are likely to be purged from the voter rolls this year, and election watchdogs fear that Florida is poised to repeat the mistakes of 2000 on a much larger scale.

    Hood argues that the criteria for removing people from the rolls are more stringent than they were in 2000 and that supervisors are now required by law to inform those named.

    "New safeguards assure that error rates will be kept to a minimum," Hood's spokeswoman says.

    But critics say the state is using the same flawed database that misidentified so many voters in 2000 and has done little to improve its accuracy.

    Hood staunchly denies that politics is at play, but her critics point out that almost a third of those listed reside in the heavily Democratic South Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. Polls show that Democratic contender John Kerry and President Bush are running neck and neck in the state, where the President's brother Jeb is Governor.

    The chads may hit the fan this week when Florida's 67 county elections supervisors meet in Key West and debate how to handle Hood's purge list of 47,000. Confirming the list's accuracy is now their responsibility, and some elections supervisors are eager to avoid a replay of 2000.

    "We already found one person [on the list] whose [criminal] charges had later been reduced to a misdemeanor," says a G.O.P. supervisor.

    Given what happened in 2000, he adds, "I'm going to err on the side of the voter this time."
  14. by   maureeno
    thank you fergus for pointing out
    if the UN sends us election inspectors

    >> the Miami Herald reported on July 2 that there are more than 2100 voter names erroneously on the list because they have received clemency and their rights have been restored.<<

    here is a film clip about what happened in 2000

    8,000 names were expanded to 58,000 names
    by including people with same birthdates or surnames
    these people were purged with no verification
    that's 8,700 disenfranchised voters