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Governor Patrick If This Be Sedition, Make The Most Of It

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has become the latest Democrat to equate criticizing the President with disloyalty:

Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it “is almost at the level of sedition.”

The Democratic governor, who is close to the president, made the comments at a forum at Suffolk Law School’s Rappaport Center, where he was asked by an audience member about partisan battling in Congress.

Patrick said that even “on my worst day, when I’m most frustrated about folks who seem to rooting for failure,” he doesn’t face anything like the opposition faced by the president.

“It seems like child’s play compared to what is going on in Washington, where it is almost at the level of sedition, it feels to like me,” Patrick said.

The current Federal law against Sedition, the Smith Act, says the following:

Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons,

Now, I have been among the first to criticize Beck, or Palin, or Bachmann, or Limbaugh when they say something stupid, but where, tell me, have any of them ever advocated “the overthrow or destruction” of the United States Government ?

They haven’t of course, and neither has anyone in the Tea Party movement, which is why Patrick said this:

Did the opposition really border on sedition?

“That was a rhetorical flourish,” Patrick said.

No, it’s bullshit

One Response to “Governor Patrick If This Be Sedition, Make The Most Of It”

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