|happen to agree with him, or the policies of this administration. However, contrary to Paul Harvey's famous line, he doesn't tell the rest of the story.
There is indeed more to the story, than Michael Savage of the "Savage Nation" would like to admit in bringing it to the attention of his listeners. The word "sedition" that he so freely and carelessly uses, in hurling accusations at anyone who questions the motives and actions of those in power, will be discussed more indepth to clarify a few things for the record. Unethical policies and atrocious actions of private and priveleged political cliques are always touted as the will of the American people, which implicates all of us in their bad decisions and sets us up as the scapegoat for whatever damage is done in the world, so we should not think it strange that America is disliked.
Since our leaders and public servants (Congress), do not heed the people's pleas for justice and redress of grievances, the world needs to know that our efforts are being ignored. The American people have often helped others and are ethnically diverse, while America has been the safe haven for many people from many countries. Sadly, America the Beautiful has become America the Bully because of very bad policies and we simply cannot in good conscience condone it, or put our stamp of approval on such corruption in high places.
Definitions will vary slightly depending on which dictionary one uses. The definition of sedition according to Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary is dissension, civil discord, and the stirring up of discontent, resistance, or rebellion against the government in power. The New Websterian Dictionary defines sedition as the act of seeking to bring about the overthrow of established government by unlawful speech, writing, or actual violence (insurrection).
Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus describes sedition as an offense against official ruling authority to which one owes allegiance, the synonyms being seditiousness and treason, whereas Webster's New Dictionary of Synonyms goes into more detail on the subject:
Sedition applies to conduct that is not manifested in an overt act but that incites commotion and resistance to lawful authority without in itself amounting to insurrection.....a matter of expressing opinions, not of committing acts. Sedition has come to be applied to practices which tend to disturb internal public tranquility by deed, word, or writing but which do not amount to treason and are not accompanied by or conducive to open violence.....is traitorous behavior that falls short of treason because it does not actively levy war against the United States or give aid to an enemy of the United States. It stirs up resistance to law or encourages conduct that may become treason. Treason applies to conduct that is manifested by an overt act or acts, is variously defined by various governments and at various times but typically has for its aim the violent overthrow of the government, the death of the sovereign, or betrayal to or aid and comfort of the enemy.....one cannot commit treason simply by talking or conspiring against the government, he must actually do something and there must be witnesses.
Mr. Savage of the "Savage Nation", likes to use the following documentation as the basis for rounding up and herding everyone, who exhibits "seditious behavior" into labor camps. Although it is factual the "Alien and Sedition Acts" were temporarily enacted, there is another side of the story that needs to be evaluated, in order to put in proper perspective for a more accurate picture. Please read the following paragraphs carefully, as we reason together using common sense, in order to be better prepared to answer those who have been influenced, by the half-truths of Michael Savage promulgating prejudice, discrimination, and contentiousness against all dissenting voices. It is a serious matter that could easily get out of hand if left unchecked and needs to be addressed.
The Avalon Project at Yale Law School provided the following information, www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/statutes/sedact.htm:
The Sedition Act, also called An Act in Addition to the Act, Entitled "An Act for the Punishment of Certain Crimes Against the United States" was approved July 14, 1798.
SEC.1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the USA in Congress assembled, That if any persons shall unlawfully combine or conspire together, with intent to oppose any measure or measures of the government of the United States, or to intimidate or prevent any person holding a place or office in or under the government of the United States, from undertaking, performing, or executing his trust or duty, and if any person or persons, with intent as aforesaid, shall counsel, advise, or attempt to procure any insurrection, riot, unlawful assembly, or combination, whether such conspiracy, threatening, counsel, advice, or attempt shall have the proposed effect or not, he or they shall be deemed guilty of a high misdemeanor, and on conviction, before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars, and by imprisonment during a term not less than six months nor exceeding five years; and further at the discretion of the court may be holden to find sureties for his good behaviour in such sum and for such time, as the said court may direct.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any person shall write, print, utter, or publish, 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 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 the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years.
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted and declared, That if any person shall be prosecuted under this act, for the writing or publishing any libel aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the defendant, upon the trial of the cause, to give in evidence in his defence, the truth of the matter contained in Republication charged as a libel. And the jury who shall try the cause, shall have a right to determine the law and the fact, under the direction of the court, as in other areas.
Sec. 4. And let it be further enacted, That this act shall continue and be in force until the third day of March, 1801, and no longer: Provided, that the expiration of the act shall not prevent or defeat a prosecution and punishment of any offence against the law, during the time it shall be in force.
Then there is the Sedition Act passed by Congress in 1918, the law that made it a crime to criticize by speech or writing, the government or Constitution. It is very similar to the original Act except it focuses on the U.S. at war and success of military and naval forces, www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Civil_Liberties/Sedition_Act_1918.html. Also see www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Civil_Liberties/Civil_Liberties_watch.html.
Now we will examine the other side of the issue, that Mr. Savage conveniently doesn't bother to mention. It seems Thomas Jefferson and James Madison had a real problem with this Act, as we will see presented in the following portions of the resolutions. Jefferson drafted the Kentucky Resolution in October of 1798 and the final text was approved December 3rd, 1799:
The Representatives of the good people of this commonwealth in general assembly convened, having maturely considered the answers of sundry (various) states in the Union, to their resolutions passed at the last session, respecting certain unconstitutional laws of Congress, commonly called the alien and sedition laws, would be faithless indeed to themselves, and to those they represent, were they silently to acquiesce in principles and doctrines attempted to be maintained in all those answers, that of Virginia only excepted. To again enter the field of argument, and attempt more fully or forcibly to expose the unconstitutionality of those obnoxious laws, would, it is apprehended be as unnecessary as unavailing.
We cannot however but lament, that in the discussion of those interesting subjects, by sundry of the legislatures of our sister states, unfounded suggestions, and uncandid insinuations, derogatory of the true character and principles of the good people of the commonwealth, have been substituted in place of fair reasoning and sound argument. Our opinions of those alarming measures of the general government, together with our reasons for these opinions, were detailed with decency and with temper, and submitted to the discussion and judgment of our fellow citizens throughout the Union. Whether the decency and temper have been observed in the answers, of most of those states who have denied or attempted to obviate (render unnecessary), the great truths contained in those resolutions, we have now only to submit to a candid world. Faithful to the true principles of the federal union, unconscious of any designs to disturb the harmony of that Union, and anxious only to escape the fangs of despotism, the good people of this commonwealth are regardless of censure or calumniation (false and slanderous accusations).
Note: the entire text of the resolution can be read at www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/kenres.htm, so we'll skip ahead to a few key points and then the final and brief paragraph:
That this commonwealth does upon the most deliberate reconsideration declare, that the said alien and sedition laws, are in their opinion, palpable (plain, evident) violations of the said Constitution, and however cheerfully it may be disposed to surrender its opinion to a majority of its sister states in matters of ordinary and doubtful policy; yet, in momentous regulations like the present, which so vitally wound the best rights of the citizen, it would consider a silent acquiescence as highly criminal: That although this commonwealth is a party to the federal compact; will bow to the laws of the Union, yet it does at the same time declare, that it will not now, nor ever hereafter, cease to oppose in a constitutional manner, every attempt from what quarter soever offered, to violate that compact:
AND FINALLY, in order that no pretexts or arguments may be drawn from a supposed acquiescence on the part of this commonwealth in the constitutionality of those laws, and be thereby used as precedents for similar future violations of federal compact; this commonwealth does now enter against them, its SOLEMN PROTEST.
Then there is the Virginia Resolution written by James Madison and agreed to by the Senate on December 24, 1798, of which certain segments will be mentioned here for our purpose and can be read in its entirety at www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/virres.htm.
RESOLVED, That the General Assembly of Virginia, doth unequivocally express a firm resolution to maintain and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of this State, against every aggression either foreign or domestic.........That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily (authoritatively) declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact; to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states that are party hereto, have the right, andare in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of evil and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights, and liberties appertaining to them.........That the General Assembly doth particularly protest against the palpable and alarming infractions of the Constitution, in the two late cases of the "Alien and Sedition Acts" passed at the last session of Congress; the first of which exercises a power no where delegated to the federal government, and which by uniting legislative and judicial powers to those of executive, subverts the general principles of free government.........That this state having by its Convention, which ratified the federal Constitution, expressly declared, that among other essential rights, "the Liberty of Conscience and of the Press cannot be cancelled, abridged, restrained, or modified by any authority of the United States," and from its extreme anxiety to guard these rights from every possible attack of sophistry or ambition, having with other states, recommended an amendment for that purpose, which amendment was, in due time, annexed to the Constitution, it would mark a reproachable inconsistency, and criminal degeneracy.........
Before bringing this study to a close, there is an article entitled Senate Terrorist Bill Blasted - 'Worse than 1790 Sedition Laws', www.rense.com/general14/senateterrorist.htm, that is worse than the legislation of the Sedition Laws that were later declared unconstitutional, Senate Terrorist Bill 1510 called "Money Laundering Abatement and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act of 2001". This bill includes provisions that can be used to eradicate public dissent and enable U.S. Government agencies to seize assets of citizens, without disclosing the evidence against their property. Government need only allege that disclosing such evidence may compromise National security and/or an ongoing investigation.
Although I had intended to write about something else, dangerous threats should be exposed regardless of who is doing the imposing. Why did the founders provide a way to peacefully handle disagreements through Redress of Grievances and allow for removal of possible treasonous tyrants through Impeachment? To protect our most basic and fundamental rights, by wisely anticipating there would be attempts to usurp them for selfish ambitions and greed for more power. Michael Savage ignores obvious documented facts, contradicts himself, and promotes hostility toward conscientious Americans who exercise their right to peacefully protest against injustice. Apparently, he thinks he is the only one (and those who agree with him) who is entitled to have and express an opinion.
Thank God for people like Alex and Violet Jones, www.infowars.com, who diligently work toward bringing about a great awakening through their dedication to reclaiming our heritage, by informing and inspiring people of all ages, from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds, in opposing tyranny. They have the courage of their convictions to say and do whatever is within their power to stop it and are the real heroes of our time.
|Sedition: A Most Dangerous Word
By Mary Louise
Words should not be taken out of context or used as a tool to plant seeds of confusion through the power of suggestion, to sway public opinion. When a certain talk radio host started using the words sedition and seditious in his monologues and dialogues, it literally sent chills up my spine. Though he fancies himself a gentleman and a scholar (used to be a teacher), or the highly intellectual type who is always right, his prideful know-it-all attitude, self-centeredness, and obnoxious demeanor says it all. He has described and dramatized the meaning of the words, for the purpose of fostering ill will and intolerance toward a large group by negatively labeling, categorizing, or branding anyone who does not
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