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 John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation 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 ClintonRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Katy Perry praises Taylor Swift for diving into politics Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue 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 ObamaRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Live coverage: Heitkamp faces Cramer in high-stakes North Dakota debate 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 RomneyPoll: Support growing for Utah's Medicaid expansion ballot measure Arizona Dems hope higher Latino turnout will help turn the state blue Trump changes tone on Saudi Arabia amid mounting pressure MORE for suggesting that Russia was a threat to the United States.

Treason! Former Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryNikki Haley powerfully rebuts Trump Khashoggi prompts Trump to reconsider human rights in foreign policy Biden: ‘Totally legitimate’ to question age if he runs in 2020 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 ComeyFormer FBI lawyer speaks with House lawmakers on Rosenstein, 2016 Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure McGahn departs as White House counsel 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 McCabeFBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself 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 ClapperWrong for Democrats to call for more Kavanaugh investigations The Hill's Morning Report — Where the Kavanaugh nomination stands Hillicon Valley: 50M affected by Facebook hack | Google CEO to testify on Capitol Hill | Tesla shares slump after SEC sues | House Intel votes to release Russia probe transcripts | Dem holds up passage of key intel bill MORE and former CIA director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan: Saudi denials of involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance 'ring hollow' Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Mr. President, tear down the wall hiding those FISA abuses 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 Jay RosensteinConservative rep slams Rosenstein's 'conflicts of interest' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance Rosenstein to appear for House interview next 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 SchiffTrump calls Saudi explanation for journalist's death credible, arrests 'good first step' Schiff: If Khashoggi was fighting in consulate he was fighting 'for his life' Maxine Waters gets company in new GOP line of attack 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 ClintonConservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign Sen. Walter Huddleston was a reminder that immigration used to be a bipartisan issue No, civility isn't optional MORE, former national security advisers Susan Rice and Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManafort to be sentenced in Virginia in February Former FBI agent sentenced to 4 years in jail for leaking to reporter The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan MORE, former attorneys general Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderTrump rebukes Holder, Clinton with 'jobs not mobs' refrain Eric Trump calls out Holder on kicking comments: 'Who says this?' Two Minnesota Republicans report attacks MORE and Loretta Lynch, former CIA director David Petraeus, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Democratic candidate denounces attack ads on rap career 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.