OPINION FROM THE MGMT
The big headline to today is all about the possibility of sedition charges for some of the people involved in the riots at the capitol on January 6th. OK. But doesn’t it stand to reason that if you’re going to charge those people with sedition you should also charge the rioters in Portland? Of course it does.
I’ll explain. Sedition is a crime and is defined as conspiring to overthrow the US government or to “prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States” by force. That’s the stick part. The “prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States” by force, part.
So, if the people protesting on January 6th were doing that? What do we call the repeated attacks on the federal courthouse in Portland over the last few months? Sounds like sedition to me? How else can you look at it? It’s got sedition written all over it! Along with lots of graffiti.
Sedition charges for the riots at the Capitol are meant to grab headlines and sound very very serious. By using the word “sedition,” everything goes to another level. A mob is one thing, but sedition? My goodness! That’s right up there with treason and coup. Shouldn’t we be more concerned? I don’t think so.
Go ahead and put down those precious sedition-colored pearls you’re clutching. Spare me the histrionics. I’m not buying it. It was a mob. A large pissed-off mob. (Almost never a good thing by the way.) Were laws broken? Yes. Should people get in trouble? Again, yes.
When people attack federal buildings it’s bad. Sooooo…if we agree on that? We agree that the attacks on the federal courthouse in Portland are bad. Tada! Not rocket science. If you prosecute one for sedition you must prosecute the other. You can’t just look the other way. Because if you do? You’ll just embolden the criminals to commit these types of “seditious” crimes again and again. Like in Portland…where they’ve done it again and again.
So, dear person who is running around using the word “sedition,” sit down and shut up. We ain’t buying what you’re selling.