Treason! The new party game that everyone is playing

Treason! The new party game that everyone is playing
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Here come the ghosts of Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn. There is no longer room for reasoned debate in America. If you’re feeling uncomfortable and unable to defend your ideas, just censor all discussion with “I won't listen to this because… ,” “You're a Nazi,” “You’re racist,” or, most popular, “You’re a traitor/agent of Russia.” A great clincher to use any time: “I’m posting your address online.”

In this age of the Electronic Zombie Apocalypse and the instant proliferation and blind acceptance of crazy ideas, it hasn’t taken long for Treason! to catch on as the most popular party game around.

Here’s how to play: You pick names at random from a hat and proceed to complete this thought: “Treason! (Name from hat) is guilty of treason against America and should be jailed because …” (Of course, the hat is stuffed with extra “Donald J. Trump” cards and you can present any “evidence” available, even if it is totally made up.)


Let’s give it a try.

First an easy one: Treason! President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE is guilty of treason and should be jailed because he gave an awkward and complimentary (to Vladimir Putin) press briefing in Helsinki. The Russians obviously have something on him! He is colluding with the Russians!

Another popular one: Treason! Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career Hillary Clinton calls for women to 'repair' COVID-19's 'damage' on women's rights Hillary Clinton says she hopes GOP will 'find its soul' MORE is guilty of treason and should be jailed because she mishandled thousands of national security documents and made them available to Russian and Chinese government hackers; sold American uranium to Russia to make nuclear weapons in exchange for millions of dollars in speaking fees and contributions to the Clinton Foundation (haha, now defunct with no more uranium to sell); and buddied up to Putin and tried to create friendly relations with Russia through a “reset” policy.

Some more good ones:

Treason! Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaUnder Draghi's lead, Italy takes Europe another step away from populism Lawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? MORE is guilty of treason and should be jailed because he subverted the Constitution, destroyed American institutions and illegally weaponized the IRS, FBI, and U.S. national security apparatus to spy on American citizens and disrupt an American presidential election; quietly told the Russian leadership that he would have more “flexibility” to give in to their demands after his re-election; and ridiculed 2012 GOP nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Democratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many MORE for suggesting that Russia was a threat to the United States.

Treason! Former Sen. John KerryJohn KerryTo win the climate battle, we need the intelligence community Economic growth in Africa will not be achieved by a blanket ban on fossil fuels Biden can build on Pope Francis's visit to Iraq MORE is guilty of treason (clearly in the aristocratic mold of Kim Philby) by being the only member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to vote against an amendment to the Magnitsky Act to require providing Congress with detailed justifications for keeping secret any names of human rights abusers, and by delaying action on Magnitsky, which punished Putin’s cronies and has been America’s most powerful political tool against the Russian leadership. (Of course, the Russia-leaning Obama White House rewarded Kerry with secretary of State for defending Putin’s interests.)

Treason! Former FBI director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report MORE is guilty of treason and should be jailed for deceiving the FISA court to spy on American citizens by using phony information obtained from Russian intelligence agents.

Treason! Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' MORE is guilty of treason and should be jailed for leading a conspiracy to use the FBI to launch an attempted coup against a newly-elected U.S. president.

Treason! Former National Intelligence director James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe biggest example of media malfeasance in 2020 is... Meet Biden's pick to lead the US intelligence community The new marshmallow media in the Biden era MORE and former CIA director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal Online and frighteningly real: 'A Taste of Armageddon' MORE are guilty of treason and should be jailed for monetizing U.S. top-secret security clearances to leak secret information to the press and lying to Congress about it. NBC and CNN are complicit in that treason by paying for this information.

Treason! Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE and his investigative team are guilty of treason and should be jailed for using a now-obviously fictitious Russian collusion investigation to weaken American executive leadership and aid and abet Russian interests. Wow! The spy game really is a game of mirrors: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Special Prosecutor! Of course, Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE gets a piece of this treason charge for using the probe to cover up his part in the FISA warrant debacle.

Treason! Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.) is guilty of treason and should be jailed for complicity in covering up and defending the treasonous actions of the Obama administration.

More obvious names in the hat: Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonIt's time to fix an important religious freedom law Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series MORE, former national security advisers Susan Rice and Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortProsecutors drop effort to seize three Manafort properties after Trump pardon FBI offers 0K reward for Russian figure Kilimnik New York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA MORE, former attorneys general Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderCongress in lockdown: Will we just 'get used to it'? Biden meekly gives Saudi crown prince 'one free murder' pass on Khashoggi LIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG MORE and Loretta Lynch, former CIA director David Petraeus, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career Hillary Clinton calls for women to 'repair' COVID-19's 'damage' on women's rights Republicans' stonewall forces Democrats to pull bill honoring Capitol Police MORE (D-Calif.) — it’s just so easy to play, and don’t even get me started on the media and Hollywood. We could even nail Govs. Jerry Brown of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York for undermining the U.S. Constitution by allowing non-citizens to vote, fully corrupting the American democratic process.

Isn’t this fun? Let’s party like it’s 1954!

Grady Means is a writer and retired corporate strategy consultant. He was special assistant to Vice President Nelson Rockefeller for domestic policy in the Ford White House, and was an economist and policy analyst for Secretary Elliot Richardson in the former Department of Health, Education and Welfare from 1971-73.