Of sedition and projection

It doesn't take a Ph.D. in psychology to notice that the president and his minions are into projection. They accuse their enemies of the misdeeds of which they themselves are guilty, or planning to commit.

You see something close to it this week with the hysteria over filling the Supreme Court vacancy. The hypocrisy of Moscow Mitch and the other Republican senators is obvious and outrageous. But the excuse is, "You'd do the same thing if it were you."

With that in mid, it's interesting that Bill Barr, the attorney general from hell, is throwing charges of "sedition" around these days. Barr reportedly had his people looking into whether to arrest the mayors of Portland and Seattle and charge them with "sedition," apparently for not being brutal enough in defending the sacred federal courthouse from those pesky Antifa types.

I'm no expert on federal criminal law, and so I had to go looking to find that crime on the books. Here it is, in Title 18, U.S. Code:

§ 2384. Seditious conspiracy

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.

That doesn't sound to me like anything the mayors of the blue cities are doing. But it does sound like what the president and his minions may be doing in planning their actions when they lose the election. "If two or more persons... conspire to... oppose by force the authority [of the United States], or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States...." That is not just a plausible description of what the Trump people are currently doing, but a likely description.

Which brings me to the question of the day: If Orange Caligula falsely declares himself the winner of the election, and refuses to leave office, whose job is it to forcibly remove him from the White House? The Secret Service? The military? But what if they agree with him?

Before answering, picture 50,000 monster trucks on the streets of the capital, driven by "patriots" in MAGA hats toting assault weapons.

The fact that no one's been discussing these matters indicates to me that there are no answers. Which is troubling indeed.  If the country survives, which is not a sure thing, I suspect we'll have some constitutional amendments about the presidential succession process in the next year or two.

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  1. Clearly charging the Northwest mayors with sedition would be prosecutorial overreach. It's got to be election grandstanding....unless... Okay, I may be giving Barr way too much credit here, but look what just happened. We searched out the definition of "sedition" and pondered it. He put the word in play on the national stage. Why would he do that? Let's just say for a moment that Barr believes the Russian collusion thing was bogus. It was a cover story for Operation Crossfire Hurricane's true intentions. Maybe he believes that Comey, Clapper and Brennan were running what amounts to a coup that started as campaign dirty tricks and morphed into an attempt to remove a duly elected President. Remember: This is what Barr is thinking. Don't get me involved here. Maybe Barr knows what's in the Durham Report and it's damning. He thinks it's airtight. Maybe some of the lesser participants have flipped and have agreed to testify against the ringleaders. But mainly Barr sees that there is no other way to assess what Brennan, etc...were up to other then to call it what he believes it was: Sedition. Could this thing with the NW mayors be a way of prepping the country for the Big Reveal? Could he be that slick?
    OK, if that's too scary, we can fall back on the accepted theory of the last few years: Putin ordered Trump to do it. Sure, Putin never did like Seattle.

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