letter to the editor

Political theater or treason? That is the question

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 3:45pm

Dear Editor:

Did 126 Republicans in the House of Representatives and 17 Republican Attorneys General commit treason, when they asked the Supreme Court on Dec. 11, 2020 to overturn the results of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election in four states won by President-elect Biden? Are these same 126 Congressional Representatives, plus now 11 Republican Senators all committing treason by challenging the certification of the Electoral College votes in the U.S. Senate, even though they have presented no evidence of voter fraud acceptable to any U.S. Court.

I believe all these Congressional members have or will very shortly have violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, and therefore the oath they took to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.  (My guess is they all know this, but due to self-serving cynical politics, think they will never be called to account for their actions nor pay a personal or reputational price for their attempt to overturn the election.) 

For the sake of our democracy, I would like to see the new Congress establish a bipartisan, blue ribbon panel of constitutional experts and historians to address the actions of these individuals, with the goal of reaching a consensus on whether their actions rose to the level of treason.   

Political theater is a well understood part of democracy.  But on Jan. 6, I believe we will be witnessing treason masquerading as political theater. 

Robert W. O’Connor  

East Boothbay

and Boston, Massachusetts