MoveOn Petition: Arrest Boehner and Cantor for Sedition
The hotbed of progressive id, MoveOn.org, is circulating an un-ironic petition to bring Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor up on charges of seditious conspiracy.
The definition of ‘sedition’? Fairly simple:
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
As some commentators have noted — semi-responsibly — it’s not quite as simple as that, however.
There’s the notion of First Amendment protections to consider, as well as the truism that undertaking legislative process to hinder a standing law, while loony and destructive in the present context, isn’t formally seditious.
But never mind that; MoveOn’s petition is said to have attracted 36,000 signatures thus far.