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High Treason

November 20, 2016

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This election has been one of the most divisive in our nation’s history. Yet, history tells us some have been worse as far as rhetoric and consequences (the election of 1828 has been labeled the worst).  On the surface, the battle between Trump and Clinton was one of Republican vs Democrat. Scratch just a bit and it is easy to see Clinton lost because she failed to address middle America. It is easy to forget as a Californian, how different a large part of the country feels about the government. When you have lost your job and your family, friends, and town are all struggling, and you blame the government, you are ready to vote for something different. States who in the past voted Democrat, voted Republican.

All of this would be fine if the winning candidate had been just about anybody but Trump. Because of his campaign rhetoric, he exposed the dormant hatred, racism, and bigotry that has always existed, but is now legitimized. The race for the oval office became a vote for the soul of America. Who are we as a nation?, became the question that needed to be answered. The answer goes against what this nation has always been, not only to its citizens but to the rest of the world.

The mantra today is “the election is over, let us unite and move on”. Leonard Pitts Jr. in his column on 11/15/16 responded to this call better than I ever could. As he says, if this were just about politics, then maybe we could unite and move on, but it is not.  To quote the last part of his column, “It’s time the majority that believes in a progressive, inclusive and compassionate America did more than just tweet about it. Nothing wrong with tweeting, but forces of exclusion, hatred and rage have overtaken the highest office in the land, so it’s also time for some old school activism. Time to march. Time to assail lawmakers. Time to boycott. Time to stand and be counted. Enough is enough. Let’s take our country back.”

While I agree with what Leonard said, to me many who voted, or failed to vote, undermined the country. In my mind they committed high treason.

If you are black and voted for him not her, you are a traitor.

If you are Latino and voted for him not her, you are a traitor.

If you are female and voted for him not her, you are a traitor.

If you did not vote for him or for her, you are a traitor.

If you did not vote at all, you are a coward.

If you are a Christian and voted for him not her, you are a hypocrite.

Black is a traitor to all who have gone before, who suffered to fight for civil rights, for justice, to Rosa Parks who stood her ground. You have sent yourself to the back of the bus.

Latino is a traitor to all their countrymen, so easily labeled rapists, murderers, criminals. To those who wish a wall will never be built you have told them, “I have mine, too bad for you, amigo.”

Female is a traitor to all who have gone before, the women that fought for your right to cast your ballot, the women who fought for your right to choose. The women who refused to be less, refuse to give up their dignity. You have sent yourself back to the kitchen.

The voter of neither him nor her is a traitor, your ballot was wasted, you really voted for him, your moral stance was for naught, morality lost. Your message is silenced.

The non-voter is a coward, how dare you sit on your ass, the nation deserves more, the founding fathers are appalled, you gave up your right to be called an American.

Christians are hypocrites, for you have denied Christ. He loves, you hate. You have crucified Him again. You quote His Word, His Word quotes back, “Jesus wept.”

Treason is defined as betraying one’s country, but it is also betraying someone or something. Sadly, if you are in one of the above categories, you have also betrayed yourself.

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