By Guy Page
I’ve been called a traitor for questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. It’s a serious, painful charge. But is it true?
As of now, 686 of you have petitioned Congressman Peter Welch to investigate allegations of fraud. Is a petition treason? The First Amendment protects our right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” What could be more American?
On Wednesday, many Americans will exercise, and again I quote the First Amendment, “the right of the people peaceably to assemble” in Washington DC on January 6. No treason there either – it says so in our Constitution.
Is it treason to ask Congress to refuse the votes of state electors? No – U.S. law requires Congress to accept the electors vote – OR NOT. Congress is the last line of defense against electoral fraud conducted by the states. That’s not treason either.
Finally, would it be treason for our president to declare martial law? Precedent, law and the Constitution all say no, provided he has sufficient reason. Federal martial law was declared in 1857 in Utah and in 1861 and 1863 during the Civil War. The 1807 Insurrection Act allows presidential martial law “to suppress civil disorder, insurrection, and rebellion“. The 9th amendment of the Bill of Rights says “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus” – the right to hearing and trial removed by martial law – “shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”
But martial law is extreme and dangerous. That’s why America – starting in Congress – must face these allegations right now. Congressman Welch and our two senators – investigate these concerns. It’s not about who won the election. This very month could decide whether America has a future as “We The People.”
This is a crisis and it’s no time for sunshine patriots. Leaders in Government and media will face the judgement of history if the decisions they make this month lead to tyranny, chaos and injustice. And for everyone fighting for “We The People” I have a word for you: “Don’t Give Up.”
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