According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the definitions for treason is the betrayal of trust. On that basis therefore, Donald Trump is guilty of treason, at least in the literal sense of the word. To his many fans and followers this, of course, would be a lot of nonsense. However, I believe that when you hold the highest governmental office this country has to offer you must be held to the highest standards possible. The American people bestowed on Donald J. Trump their faith and trust that he would, above all else, make the best interests of the United States his highest priority. This means that the interest of the country should stand above all else, even enlightened self-interest. President Trump has betrayed that trust and thereby his country.
The sad fact is that the President’s flirtation with the Russian Federation was born out of a desire for self-advancement, not patriotism. There came a moment when Donald Trump realized he could profit himself and his family by becoming President of the United States. He became obsessed with the idea of assuming the Presidency so that he could open the door to the possibility that he could manipulate the government in such a way as to reap tremendous financial rewards for his financial empire. He became so obsessed with this idea that he sought the aid of our most formidable foreign adversary, even if that meant jeopardizing the integrity of the American political system. Thus he betrayed the great trust the American people bestowed on him by making him their President.
Is President Trump guilty of the crime of treason? Technically, probably not. The law places a high standard of proof in order to be convicted of the actual crime of treason. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t betrayed our trust. Throughout history, individuals have placed self-interest above their patriotic duty. Richard Nixon conspired with the government of South Vietnam in order to block the end of the Vietnam War so that he could be elected President of the United States, for instance. You can go back to the Italian Renaissance and Niccolo Machiavelli to see a blueprint for such political self-aggrandizement which can be summed up in just a few words: “the end justifies the means!”. I think it’s safe to say that Donald Trump is a thoroughgoing Machiavellian.
In 2016 he realized that he couldn’t win the Presidency on his own. His radically nationalist philosophy went against the grain of most of the American people. The Republican Party was not nearly strong enough to carry him across the finish line as the winner of the 2016 election. And so he felt compelled to seek a pathway to victory wherever he could find one. And thus he fell into a conspiracy with Vladimir Putin to find some way in which even a candidate as odious as himself could actually be elected President of the United States. Of course, Comrade Putin put a high price on such cooperation, specifically that Donald Trump work for the best interests of the Russian Federation above those of the United States. And thus the history of the Trump Administration has been replete with instances where our President has looked to advance the cause of Russia above that of his own country. As such, the President has not acted in the best interests of his country and has betrayed the trust the American people placed in him when they made him their President. While the American legal system may not be brought to bear against him for this betrayal, there can be little doubt that he has acted treasonously. And that is why, as we look forward to another Presidential election in 2020, it would be altogether fitting and proper that the American people reward Donald Trump for his perfidy by quickly and decisively booting him out of the White House!
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