1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) violation or betrayal of the allegiance that a person owes his sovereign or his country, especially by attempting to overthrow the government; high treason
2. any treachery or betrayal
The Republican Representatives participating in this shut-down are clearly betraying their country and have plotted openly to overthrow their government to the detriment of this nation’s well-being.
Furthermore, they are attempting to thwart a law of the land, which they helped set in place; blackmailing the President by holding their own countrymen and women hostage. Over 2 million people are without jobs today when you count all the contractors also out of work. Just as we are finally beginning to recover from a major recession (created, you may remember, by the previous Republican administration) they aim a body blow at our convalescing economy while continuing to pay themselves full salaries and luxuriate in their own lifelong medical coverage. This hardly seem right. Having refused to do the job they are being paid to do, they can hardly be considered essential to our well-being.
They are also welching on bills they themselves agreed to pay! Furthermore, they incur none of the consequences any other citizen would experience for non-payment of a legal obligation.
Obviously, we can’t take them out and shoot them but I wouldn’t mind seeing them spend a few nights in jail for conspiring to overthrow the government they’ve sworn an oath to uphold. Recall can’t happen quickly enough to solve this particular problem, but it’s an option citizens should seriously consider.
The Republican Party’s actions weaken this country, compromise our vigilance and retard our response time. Unbelievably, they seem willing to cut off their noses to spite their face. I hope we don’t all bleed to death with them.