Wag­ing war against US is trea­son

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Against the United States,” re­mind­ing South­ern se­ces­sion­ists of the grav­ity of their in­tended ac­tions. In its ar­ti­cle, the news­pa­per printed that por­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion con­cern­ing trea­son, and it read in part:

“By Sec­tion 110 of Ar­ti­cle III. of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States, it is de­clared that:

‘Trea­son against the United States shall con­sist only in levy­ing war against them, or in ad­her­ing to their en­e­mies, giv­ing them aid and com­fort. … The Congress shall have power to de­clare the pun­ish­ment of trea­son.’"

The Times ar­ti­cle went on to state what pun­ish­ment Congress had de­ter­mined for the crime of trea­son:

“In 1790, the Congress of the United States en­acted that:

‘If any per­son or per­sons, ow­ing al­le­giance to the United States of Amer­ica, shall levy war against them, or shall ad­here to their en­e­mies, giv­ing them aid and com­fort within the United States, or else­where, and shall be thereof con­victed on con­fes­sion in open Court, or on the tes­ti­mony of two wit­nesses to the same overt act of the trea­son whereof he or they shall stand in­dicted, such per­son or per­sons shall be ad­judged guilty of trea­son against the United States, and SHALL SUF­FER DEATH.’”

There is no doubt that Robert E. Lee com­mit­ted trea­son, a crime so re­pug­nant that it can only be branded as villainy. Sim­ply put, Robert E. Lee was a felo­nious oath breaker who is lucky that he was not hung for the trea­sonous vil­lain that he was. And those who wish to wish to honor and ven­er­ate trea­sonous vil­lains like Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jack­son, J.E.B. Stuart and their ilk, what type of vil­lains are they?

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