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To: USDOJ Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Arrest for Sedition all in GOP who conspired to shutdown the gov't to kill Obamacare
Charge with SEDITION all applicable politicians who, prior to taking office, pledged to shutdown the government to wage a war against the Affordable Healthcare Act, an established law declared Constitutional by The Supreme Court. Also prosecute those who have taken it upon themselves, specifically Ted Cruz, to bring about an unnecessary government shutdown.
Definition of Sedition: "If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire... by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States... they shall each be fined or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both." You have only to decide if SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, constitutes force. It definitely meets the definition of Coercion which is also a crime.
They were not following accepted standard operating procedure, despite Boehner's claims to the contrary.
The specific charge of Sedition appears to be applicable according to at least one analysis I've read, but I invite the USDOJ to use Treason and Insurrection too if they seem applicable.
If we can remove these politicians from office, and prosecute them as such, we will hopefully set the necessary sort of precedent that will inhibit a repeat of these events.
Why is this important?
There is sufficient evidence that many in Congress took office with a governmental shutdown as their intended goal, and I believe that goal violates the terms of their oath of office. It is one thing to stand for your values, but when your stated goal is to disable the government from within, then you are a saboteur and should be treated as such.
Until the shutdown actually took place, it might have been said that the threats were 'just threats' and dismissed as easily as those other shocking remarks by that midwest politician who last year circulated an email expressing a prayer for the death of our president and the pain of his family.
Now that the shutdown has occurred, and members of Congress have openly stated that the shutdown is what they wanted and they are happy it has come to pass, now is the time to nail them for their treachery! They have demonstrated their absolute will, and they have not even the sense to feign a more honorable intent.
Which is not to say that anyone would believe they had loftier intentions after they wasted millions in taxpayer dollars pretending to "Vote to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act" (PPACA) MORE THAN FORTY TIMES. I believe the popular definition of insanity is repeating the same flawed procedure and expecting a different outcome, but forty times? That's not insanity, that's stalling, with the ultimate goal of accomplishing nothing and running out the clock until they could shut down the government, which they have now performed.
What's next? That's difficult to say, but with several states having recently demanded the right to secede from the union over their discomfort with the elected president, it isn't difficult to imagine that such states stand to benefit by weakening the Federal Government before taking still more serious action.
It would be suicidal to grant them either the time or the opportunity to advance their destructive agenda. They have demonstrated sufficiently that they do not honor The Constitution, not even so far as their Constitutionally worded obligation to The US Postal Service. They aren't playing by the previously agreed upon rules. The time for sober negotiation has passed. They deserve to be sidelined permanently!
We can pretend to accept their pretense that this is standard operating procedure, but everyone familiar with the standard operation of government knows that this sort of extortion, this type of treacherous move to bankrupt the government and crash the bus, THIS is not normal, regardless of whatever law one party objects to. This certainly is not honorable. This is treason, and it is time that those who conspired to make it happen be held accountable.
This petition was originally posted on another petition site focusing equally upon all the Congressmen who pledged to make a government shutdown their goal, as such a strategy is always harmful to the country and opposed to the their sworn duty to uphold The Constitution, qualifying as an act of Treason.
Though this still holds, I wish to clarify that considering that many in Congress, fifteen I've identified so far, claim to be prevented from voting their conscience (for a budget with no strings attached) by the actions of just a couple, namely House Speaker Boehner and the unofficial leader of the house Ted Cruz. these two deserve special attention. It would appear that these two are at the center of the conflict and prosecuting their actions is therefore of timelier importance.
For more information about congressmen who pledged to shut down the government even before taking office,
please see this youtube video: http://youtu.be/XHbsQ304xBU
How it will be delivered
I'm not particular. I could do so in person if circumstances require, as I live locally to Washington DC. If you have any better ideas, feel free to make suggestions. Musical telegrams? A scantily clad dancer emerging from a cake? I don't think we really need to get fancy. I think a press conference can wait until after the Attorney General is permitted to review our claims.