Donald Trump Guilty of Sedition?

Donald Trump Guilty of Sedition?

It seems that some people are getting a little carried away since the election.  Even Donald Trump has made statements on Twitter that seem to incite violence.  Is Donald Trump guilty of sedition?

“We should have a revolution in this country.” That was the opinion of Donald Trump after President Obama won re-election…

Via Salon

Donald TrumpI’m happy to report that cooler heads prevailed in the case of Trump who quickly deleted his most inflammatory Tweets…or more likely his legal team stepped in to make them go away…but the rest of us don’t have a legal team protecting us from our own worst instincts and spur of the moment mistakes and hotheaded comments.

According to The Free Dictionary by Farlex’s Legal Dictionary sedition is:

…the crime of revolting or inciting revolt against government.  However, because of the broad protection of free speech under the First Amendment, prosecutions for sedition are rare. Nevertheless, sedition remains a crime in the United States under 18 U.S.C.A. § 2384 (2000), a federal statute that punishes seditious conspiracy, and 18 U.S.C.A. § 2385 (2000), which outlaws advocating the overthrow of the federal government by force. Generally, a person may be punished for sedition only when he or she makes statements that create a Clear and Present Danger to rights that the government may lawfully protect.

It’s unlikely that Trump will be prosecuted for sedition and I imagine that he would have been truly horrified if his off the cuff remarks had actually led to violence but our hyper-connectivity and instant ‘publication’ are a double edged sword.  Be very careful that your vent or rant made in the heat of the moment doesn’t come to define you when your cooler head prevails.

No matter how unhappy you are with our nation’s failed economic policies and the damage you think four more years of those policies will do…no matter how unhappy you are with the erosion of our personal liberties since the passage of the misnamed Patriot Act…no matter how unhappy you are with the increased government intrusion into our lives, increased taxation, increased rule by executive orders, and increased regulation…we are still a nation of laws, a nation of institutions, a nation with checks and balances.  Make your voice heard…but speak with a cool head and don’t invite over-reaction through an emotional misstatement on your part…besides, that just plays into the hands of the bastards!

Our nation has survived civil war, assassination, foreign wars that lasted half a generation, pandemic, mass social unrest, rebellions, and economic mismanagement that significantly extended our last Great Depression…and hopefully we’ll survive four more years like the last.  If all else fails, we can rely on one of the greatest legacies the founding fathers left us…the legacy of GRIDLOCK.

Banish fear, hope for the best…but prepare for the worst…and to quote the most iconic of Saturday Night Live characters… remember to “maintain low tones.”

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