Should obstructionist Congress be charged with treason?
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Should obstructionist Congress be charged with treason?

Washington : DC : USA | Jan 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM PST
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The furor over the political games in Washington has only increased following statements made by Paul Krugman on Sunday. Krugman accused the GOP leadership of holding the nation hostage over the issue of raising the debt ceiling.

Krugman is a Nobel Prize winning economist as well as a New York Times columnist. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week," Krugman said, "We should not allow this to become thought of as a legitimate or normal budget strategy. This is hostage-taking.”

The idea of games being played in Washington is nothing new. However, it seems that over the past few years, the stakes have gotten much higher. The credit rating of the United States was lowered following refusal of Republican lawmakers to work together with their Democratic counterparts on issues pertaining to balancing the budget, managing the economy and decision-making. It seems that things are only getting worse, and it may be time to look at the possibility of charges of treason.

The Free Dictionary examines the question of treason in discussing the 17th Amendment: “If a subversive act has any tendency to weaken the power of the United States to attack or resist its enemies, aid and comfort has been given.” It is the opinion of many citizens that the refusal of GOP Congressional leaders to collaborate with Democrats is leaving our nation vulnerable both abroad and on U.S. soil.

Elected officials are sent to Washington to develop laws, guide our nation and represent the citizens. Failure to do so raises concerns about both sides of the aisle; however it is blatantly obvious that the influence of the Tea Party on the Republican Party has created an environment of obstructionists rather than cooperative leadership. Blatant refusal to negotiate is not beneficial for the nation and this behavior is simply unacceptable.

As the United States was forming, the Founding Fathers applied their wisdom to drafting the Constitution. Although there is a continuous debate over their actual intentions on various issues, there is a strong consensus that the founding documents should be referred to when questions arise. It is the drive to defer to our founders that is driving the question: Should obstructionist Congress be charged with treason?

Resources:

Paul Krugman: GOP Debt Ceiling Strategy Is 'Hostage Taking'

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Amee Ellsworth is based in Bennett, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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