Over the weekend Joe Klein of Time magazine and friends suggested on MSNBC (where else?) that the right wing opinionators like FOX, Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, etc were ‘seditious’ in their criticism of the President. Now sedition is a pretty serious charge – in fact sedition remains a crime under US Law, though it is rarely prosecuted.
Essentially sedition is revolting or inciting others to revolt against the US government – generally as an attempt to levy war or treasonous attempts to defame a government. In practice, charges of sedition have often been used to quell decent – the south used such laws against abolitionists; later congress used such laws to attempt to quell war protests.
So it there is no little irony that now the left is making such claims to quell criticism of the current administration. I mean this is the same group who fought against the Patriot Act, claiming it was an act of authoritarianism. These are the folks who defended films about assassinating Bush on artistic grounds, and who hid behind the rubric of ‘journalism’ to undermine our anti-terrorist efforts by publishing classified documents. They base the claim of ‘sedition’ in part on the calling of the Obama administration a ‘regime’, yet they themselves used the same term numerous times against Bush. So to have them now claim that the rather mild criticisms of Obama and congress are ‘seditious’ is hypocritical at best – completely and absolutely disingenuous at worst.
‘Progressives’, who have benefitted much from the mythology that they are great defenders of civil liberties and free expression, are increasingly showing that like the pigs of Orwell’s of Animal Farm, they believe free expression is for everyone – except those who aren’t Progressives.