US once knew how to deal with treason


Calvin Lacy

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Most of what the letters to the editor stated in the Tuesday, Jan. 2 edition has been said many times before. The “deep state” has indeed selected the president for ouster and former President Barack Obama in fact did many things that could have been narrowly considered treasonous but may still be on the outer edge of being constitutional. Being ideological soul mates of Democratic Party theory, The Daily Advance simply cannot be honest. It's in the editors’ genes.

As patriots the writers of those letters would agree with me that the term “treason” must be redefined to reflect today's culture. As Americans we no longer cling to the mores of past generations. Franklin D. Roosevelt felt no regret as he sent Nazi saboteurs to a speedy death without a “show” trial. Nor did Harry Truman suffer guilt when he executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for much less than the sins of the Obama rogue agents. Aaron Burr would certainly have been executed for his crimes had Roosevelt or Truman been in charge.

Those presidents saw their just and moral duty and acted accordingly, though it's doubtful if those executions could be carried out in today's political climate.

To no one's surprise The Daily Advance discredited the “treason” letter. However, on another note, for the first time ever the newspaper admitted that “(state Rep.) Bob Steinburg is right,' and around these parts that's earth-shaking!

Calvin Lacy


Editor’s note: According to several historical sources, Aaron Burr, the third vice president of the U.S., was charged with treason based on his alleged participation in a conspiracy in the early 19th century to assemble an armed force at New Orleans and separate what were then known as the “Western” states from the “Atlantic” states. Burr was also charged with a high misdemeanor for allegedly sending a military expedition against territories then belonging to Spain.The high misdemeanor charge was dropped when the U.S. government couldn’t prove the expedition had military motives or was directed against Spain. A federal jury in Richmond, Virginia acquitted Burr of the treason charge after Chief Justice John Marshall ruled that because Burr had not committed an act of war, he could not be found guilty of treason.