Article III, Section 3, of the U.S. Constitution states, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Thankfully, no shots were fired by the armed Tea Partiers who showed up to protect Cliven Bundy’s cattle. But if those AK-carrying conservatives had fired on federal officers who were only doing their jobs, then by definition, treason would have occurred. Also, Sean Hannity might want to get a legal opinion of the meaning of “giving them aid and comfort.”
Article III also sets the framework for our court system, which the Founding Fathers hoped would be used to settle disputes peacefully. Those on the right who profess such love and adoration for the Constitution should take some time out to read it sometime.
DARRELL L. HUMPHREY