Comment: Stossel Not a Traitor

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Stossel Not a Traitor

Johns Stossel is not a traitor for expressing his views. Stossel is no more a traitor than Edward Snowden. Stossel has simply exercised his right to free speech by expressing his opinion. I disagree with his opinion, but my disagreement doesn't make Mr. Stossel a traitor.

Being a traitor involves some action greater than simple speech. It's under that category that many people have called Snowden a traitor, because he committed an action beyond speech. He is not of course, because his action made the government more transparent, and as Ron Paul has said, Obama should thank Snowden for carrying out his campaign promise for making the government more transparent.

Only actions can be deemed treasonous. Speech cannot be deemed treasonous. Speech is covered under the First Amendment. Actions are not.