By LARRY M. JONES
In the 1st Century B.C., Marcus Tullius Cicero, distinguished Roman statesman and orator, stated:
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within. … He (the traitor) infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.”
Although written over two millenniums ago, his sage observation is as true today in America as at any time throughout history. For whatever the reason, our nation seems to no longer have the ability to resist the apathy and rot from within that is destroying the mightiest nation in the history of the world. Since the beginnings of our great moral decline in the 1960s, we seem to constantly be attacking the very things that made us powerful. We no longer have the will to prosecute those who betray us.
According to Oran’s “Dictionary of the Law,” treason is defined as “...[a]...citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” “A person who commits treason is known in law as a traitor.”
In Dante’s “Inferno,” the ninth and lowest circle of Hell is reserved for traitors. Judas, who betrayed Jesus, supposedly suffered the worst torments of all – being constantly gnawed at by one of Lucifer’s own three mouths. Today we seem unable or unwilling to deal with treasonous behavior.
Hardly a day goes by without the news being filled with stories about breaches in our national security. The latest “soap opera” concerns Edward Snowden, a former technical contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency and a former employee of the CIA who leaked details of several top-secret U.S. and British government mass surveillance programs to the press. Why isn’t this clown waiting in line for a firing squad?