According to the law, treason is the crime that covers acts against one’s own government, and it is one of the most egregious violations a citizen can commit. In a normal act of treason, an individual would have to have access to state secrets, or a high level member of the government, and even then there are security measures to prevent the dissemination of information that could damage the government. The U.S. Constitution contains a passive provision to protect against traitors within the government that entails requiring public servants and politicians to swear an oath to support the Constitution and by extension, the government, but most Republicans signed a pledge they feel overrides their oath of office with the goal of destroying the government by starving it of revenue.
For over a quarter of a century there has been a concerted effort by Republicans to shrink the federal government by reducing revenue and protecting the richest 2% of Americans, but their leader, Grover Norquist, makes no bones that his goal is reducing government to a size he can “drown in a bathtub.” Regardless one’s definition of treason, Norquist and his Republican acolytes are guilty of acting against the government with the goal of destroying it. Norquist is not a public servant and therefore cannot personally affect government operations, but his Republican foot soldiers are guilty of treason by refusing to fulfill their Constitutional duty to raise taxes. In the U.S. Constitution, Article 1 Section 8 says, “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States
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