I’d originally written this as a 2018 update to The Criminal Arrogance of Hillary Clinton, but with Hillary’s renewed calls for incivility in recent weeks, it applies to this Fall season in 2019, as well!
In recent weeks, Hillary Clinton has engaged in encouraging insurrection among Demoncraps by encouraging “incivility.” She doesn’t care that some people take it too far and roundhouse kick women and their phones, or worse, openly call for the assassination of government officials. The fact that she knowingly continues to call for “incivility” in the face of the actual consequences renders her party to the results.
So what exactly are these results?
I’d call it “insurrection.” Revolutions are usually done by a majority and for good cause. Here’s the full scale:
Resistance could be just about anything done in defiance and opposition to something. Generally speaking it is about holding back further encroachment and turning back what already has occurred. It could be overt or more subversive. Examples could include sabotaged rail lines leading to a new coal exporting terminal, blockading of a gas pipeline, tree sits, or student occupations.
Rebellion is more generalized, and also tends to be reactionary in nature. It can include acts of resistance, but it can also be more visceral. It could be a group thing, or an individual thing.
Insurrection is a widespread movement against the dominant power, against the government. Its original meaning, “insurgere,” to rise against, addressed uprising against a usurping, illegitimate government. Insurrection sually involves either direct or indirect violence and occurs over a short period of time. When insurrection extends over longer periods, it either becomes a revolution or is quickly extinguished.
Revolt is not a mere moment of refusal but involves acts of striking back. The first intifada, or the slave uprising led by Nat Turner could be examples of this, as can our own American Revolution, which began with shots fired in response to the attempted confiscation of firearms by Britain’s Red Coats.
Revolution is an overturning of things and replacing the old order with a new one. Generally there is a plan and an agenda on the part of revolutionaries. The American War of Independence, the Russian Revolution, and the Arab Spring as it played out in Egypt and Libya are clear examples of this.
From a legal standpoint, particularly here in the United States, the prohibition on rebellion and insurrection arises in a brief passage found in 18 U.S. Code, Section 2383. The law prohibits the incitement, assistance, and participation in a rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States and its laws. The punishment for this crime is a fine, a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, and ineligibility for public office.
Rebellion and insurrection refer specifically to acts of violence against the state or its officers. This distinguishes the crime from sedition, which is the organized incitement to rebellion or civil disorder against the authority of the state. It also separates the crime from treason, which is the violation of allegiance owed to one’s country by betrayal or acting to aid the country’s enemies.
These terms are very important to know, particularly for all who hold or have held public or military office, as our oaths of office are the same:
I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Even the naturalized citizen’s oath includes “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
The loyalty of every American citizen, regardless of position, is the same: To our Constitution i.e. the rule of law. Indeed, the word Republic means just that: “Rule of Law.” Our own Constitution describes itself as “the supreme Law of the Land” (Article VI) and mandates “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.” – Article IV Section 4
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Thus, no public officer — or citizen — is exempt, and the “shall” mandates make it absolute. The Constitution is EVERYTHING.
Ergo, when bad actors like Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, and others call for “incivility” towards support a position other than their own, such as the grossly disrespectful attack on Congressman Rand Paul and his wife at the restaurant, they are breaking the law. That was not a peaceful protest. That was disturbing the peace, and I very sincerely hope the couple who approached him are charged with misdemeanors under California Penal Code 415 (Note 1).
While we certainly have a right to uphold the law, when we “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” we are doing more than upholding the law. We are carrying out our civic duty. Doing so helps protect not only our own rights but also the rights of everyone.
We have the right to speak and print (press) our minds without restriction. We also have the right to redress (to set right; remedy) our government for grievances.
We do not have any right whatsoever to accost innocent people, including government officials
Note 1: Under California Penal Code 415, it is illegal for a person to do any of the following:
- Unlawfully fight in a public place or challenge another person in a public place to fight;
- Maliciously and willfully disturb another person by loud and unreasonable noise; or
- Use offensive words in a public place which are inherently likely to provoke an immediate, violent reaction.
The penalties for violating the law include…
Well, let’s put it this way: The sooner authorities stop WRONGLY allowing a First Amendment defense, which does NOT apply to accosting people in a restaurant, the sooner we can put these blithering idiots behind bars, and hopefully, all the other blithering idiots will think twice.