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August 20, 2009


Why does the word "treason" even suggest itself? Disagreeing with Health Reform doesn't remotely resemble levying War against [the United States], or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

One guess is that for some people the word "treason" has become a pejorative without specific meaning, as has the word, "fascist."

Another guess is that some people may conflate the Democratic Party with the United States to such a degree that they think treason consists of adhering to Enemies of the Democratic Party, giving them Aid and Comfort.

It's barely possible that some people conflate the President with the country. They may believe that opposing the President's plans is like adhering to enemies of the country. However, I don't think anyone would apply this concept equally to Democratic and Republican Presidents.

I'd be interested in other people's ideas as to why the word "treason" even suggests itself.

On the right, charges of treason may resonate. On the left, they just seem silly. I'm guessing that Massa's daring to call it treason is going to be picked up, let alone repeated, by very few on the left.

Why so? Because, as Haidt has found, liberals aren't long on group loyalty, and conservatives are. Rightists take treason seriously. Leftists care only about harmfulness and fairness.

"Disagreeing with Health Reform..."

In the context of Grassley's remark that led to the (admittedly stupid) "treason" charge by Massa, is "disagreeing" supposed to be a new euphemism for "lying?

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