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Editorial: The Price of Treason

By Rebecca Canales,

Founder and CEO

Whittier 360 News Network

The Founding Fathers, endowed with an uncanny foresight, recognized the threats that foreign intervention could pose to our democracy. Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution was crafted to safeguard the very essence of our nation by defining treason as providing "aid and comfort" to the enemies of the United States.

Yet, as we navigate the complexities of our modern, hyper-connected world, we find that threats are not merely limited to conventional warfare or geopolitical rivals. The battleground has expanded into the digital sphere, where the very keystrokes of a computer can serve as ammunition to destabilize our nation's core values.

It is perplexing, and frankly disheartening, to see fellow Americans willing to overlook or even facilitate actions that border on treason. Some proponents argue that foreign governments and their agents should have the latitude to influence our elections. This perspective is not just flawed; it's dangerous. When non-citizens on U.S. soil deliberately disrupt or otherwise seek to influence our electoral process—whether it's through disinformation, hacking, or other nefarious means—they position themselves as enemies of the US Constitution. And any American who knowingly aids these efforts is engaging in treason, as outlined in our nation's founding document.

Elections serve as the cornerstone of our democratic system. They are a reflection of the collective will, and thus, must be free from external manipulations and plots. If we are to preserve the principles that have guided this country since its inception, there can be no compromise in defending the integrity of our electoral process from all threats—both foreign and domestic.

The consequences for betraying the trust of the American people are—and should be—severe. Those who lend themselves to attacks against our national sovereignty ought to face prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. The Constitution is unequivocal on the subject of treason, and so must we be in our resolve. When Americans become complicit in foreign influence campaigns, they not only betray the collective trust but also undermine the very foundation of our Constitutional Republic. Such acts of betrayal shake the pillars that sustain our freedoms and our rights.

As we gear up for another pivotal election, the onus is on all of us to remain vigilant. We must be the sentinels at the gates of America's constitutional democracy, ever watchful for foreign entities and their domestic helpers aiming to subvert the electoral process. It is incumbent upon us to report suspicious activities, to counteract foreign propaganda, and above all, to identify and reject those who would compromise the values that make America a beacon of hope and liberty.

Before moving forward, I must emphasize a critical point regarding Whittier 360 News Network's editorial policy. In alignment with our dedication to maintaining the integrity of the democratic process, we will remove any comments that we determine to be attempts at promoting foreign propaganda aimed at interfering with U.S. elections. This is not a decision we take lightly. Our primary objective is to foster an environment of open dialogue and civil discourse, but we cannot, in good conscience, provide a platform for efforts that seek to undermine our nation's core democratic principles.

Our country's existence relies on our collective efforts to fortify the institutions that hold it together. Failure to protect the sanctity of our elections is a failure to uphold the ideals that countless Americans have fought and died for. Let us honor their sacrifices by standing united against all who would seek to undermine the very essence of our great nation.

It is said that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. If that's the case, then a vigilant stance against treason, foreign influence, and threats to our democracy is a small price to pay to safeguard the freedoms we hold dear.

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