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The Real Definition of Sedition

May 3, 2010


Watch out, all you who dare to speak up against our government in Washington as those at the reins of power are snatching up every last bit of control they can! You are the dangerous ones. Worse yet you are committing a crime in the eyes of leftists like Joe Klein. That’s right folks, your talk is dangerous and borders on sedition which people like Klein are all too eager to warn is a felony and you could be hauled off to jail for engaging in it.

Well, yeah ... that’s half right which is typical for brain dead types like this who frankly cannot win an argument so they resort to making things up as they go along. Gee, seems like I just wrote an article about this not more than a couple weeks ago! Remember? I highlighted how liberals are more than willing to make things up. In that article I cited humorous and made up quotes from our founding fathers they sent me just to justify their opinions. Well add Mr. Klein to that list as he is apparently scared that people are daring to stand up to his Messiah and His disciples in Washington

Here is what the rambling, bumbling, stumbling Joe Klein actually spouted on this issue. And I quote, “I did a little bit of research just before this show - it's on this little napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition which is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state. And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious."

Well, Mr. Klein must be using the Merriam-Obama Dictionary, 1st Edition to be getting this definition. Because the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition, while similar, is not quite the same and has some qualifiers that I suspect Mr. Klein purposefully left out. Liberals do like to lie by omission after all.

Sedition, pronounced si-'di-shen, a noun from the Latin sedition-, seditio, meaning literally separation is defined as, “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.” Mr. Klein’s definition, which he proudly claimed to have written down is simply to “incite rebellion against the authority of the state.” The main difference between the actual meaning of the word and Comrade Klein’s definition is of course the qualifier of “lawful” authority.

Lawful means, “being in harmony with the law.” Just an FYI there for you Mr. Klein.

Now, I realize that I have lost any liberal who may have stumbled upon this article by stating a fact and being averse to the facts that they are I am sure they have run off to read their left wing blog of choice instead of becoming educated. But hey, I cannot force them to learn.

The “law” of the United States, as we all should have learned in school, actually has a source in this country. It is called our Constitution. That document states clearly that it shall be considered, “the supreme law of the land." So, sedition would be, in essence, to incite resistance or insurrection against the Constitution.

Who is really doing that? Is it people like Mr. Beck and others who are actually promoting the words of our founding fathers and the Constitution? Is it people who believe as the founders clearly stated that the Constitution is a grant of limited and defined powers?

You know, people like James Madison who said:

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State." – Federalist 45

Or perhaps Thomas Jefferson who uttered the understanding of our government as:

“[Congress is] not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union. In like manner they are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare…" - Opinion on the Constitutionality of the Bill for Establishing a National Bank, 15 Feb. 1791

Or maybe I should quote Alexander Hamilton who eloquently said:

“The plan of the convention declares that the power of Congress, or, in other words, of the national legislature, shall extend to certain enumerated cases. This specification of particulars evidently excludes all pretension to a general legislative authority, because an affirmative grant of special powers would be absurd, as well as useless, if a general authority was intended." – Federalist 83

“... the foundation of the Constitution is laid on this ground: 'That all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the States, are reserved for the States, or to the people.'” - Opinion on the Constitutionality of the National Bank

Is it really these people from history, names that you might recognize, and people like myself, Beck, Limbaugh and others who constantly say the exact same thing that are the ones being seditious?

Or is it people like those in Congress who day in and day out violate the covenant of limited government and accrue unto themselves power? How is it seditious to promote the Supreme Law of the Land but not seditious to work against its lawful authority? The answer is of course that it is not. What is seditious however, is members of Congress and our President expanding the role of our federal government beyond that which the federal Constitution, the “lawful authority” of this nation, specifies.

See Comrade Klein, although I do not disagree with you that there is indeed sedition occurring within the United States, I do disagree with you as to whom the seditious persons are. And the facts, sadly for you are on my side and not yours and remain to this day very stubborn things which you cannot run from forever. So perhaps Mr. Klein it is time that you correct yourself and point your warnings about what happens to those who engage in sedition at those who are actually acting in a seditious manner?

Would that be too much to ask for you to address your remarks to President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid who are acting in opposition to the lawful authority of this land? Or would that require just a bit too much more honestly from you than you are capable of?

Having watched you for years I suspect the latter is true.

Copyright ©2010 J.J. Jackson

J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com.  He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at Liberty Reborn.

 


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