from The Sleuth Journal:
What is sedition? According to the dictionary it is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state – insurrection; rebellion. On the surface it seems that few higher calls of conduct can be attained by the citizen! Now, some will be put back and say to themselves, what does that statement exactly mean? Well, its simple . . . America was created as a country out of a revolution, remember your history or did you get your education at one of those ‘government schools’? Lest you forget all those stuffy white privileged Founding Fathers, were rebels. They were “enemies of the crown” and if caught would be hung! So is it possible that sedition is a proper and moral action?
If you are one of the mindless cheer leaders for ‘old inglorious’ you might think I’m disloyal! What kind of test would you want to use to judge if I’m wearing a white hat or if it has a black hue? All seems so confusing, so why not let some of those original revolutionaries settle the matter. You heard of them, they called themselves the Federalists. The little gem of legislation used way back in 1798 was a lawyer’s dream. Known as, what else – the Sedition Act. No fooling, read it in its entirety: “An Act for the Punishment of Certain Crimes Against the United States.”
In any event Sec. 2 might just be the segment that might earn my red badge of courage:
SEC. 2. And be it farther enacted, That if any person shall write, print, utter or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, uttered or published, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, or either house of the Congress of the United States, or the President of the United States, with intent to defame the said government, or either house of the said Congress, or the said President, or to bring them, or either of them, into contempt or disrepute; or to excite against them, or either or any of them, the hatred of the good people of the United States, or to stir up sedition within the United States, or to excite any unlawful combinations therein, for opposing or resisting any law of the United States, or any act of the President of the United States, done in pursuance of any such law, or of the powers in him vested by the constitution of the United States, or to resist, oppose, or defeat any such law or act, or to aid, encourage or abet any hostile designs of any foreign nation against United States, their people or government, then such person, being thereof convicted before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years.
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