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.
Let’s give it a try.
First an easy one: Treason! President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims 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 ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation 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 ObamaWhite House debates vaccines for air travel Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward 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 RomneyFive questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Overnight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — GOP senator: It's 'foolish' to buy Treasury bonds MORE for suggesting that Russia was a threat to the United States.
Treason! Former Sen. John KerryJohn Kerry Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington Biden confirms 30 percent global methane reduction goal, urges 'highest possible ambitions' 9/11 and US-China policy: The geopolitics of distraction 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 ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April 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 McCabeAndrew McCabe says Nassar case represents 'worst dereliction of duty' he's seen at FBI Capitol Police warning of potential for violence during rally backing rioters: report McCabe says law enforcement should take upcoming right-wing rally 'very seriously' 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 ClapperAfghanistan disaster puts intelligence under scrutiny Domestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? MORE and former CIA director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Still in the game: Will Durham's report throw a slow curveball at key political players? UFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week 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 SchiffOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe 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 ClintonVirginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins Business coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader MORE, former national security advisers Susan Rice and Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE, former attorneys general Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group Democrats look to state courts as redistricting battle heats up On The Trail: Census kicks off a wild redistricting cycle MORE and Loretta Lynch, former CIA director David Petraeus, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Of partisan fights and follies, or why Democrats should follow Manchin, not Sanders 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.