I have to admit that I didn’t get all the way through this clip – half way was enough. I just couldn’t take any more. Smugness irritates me!
The thing that troubles me most is that not one of them seems bothered by the misinformation. All of them are content to listen to Penn blather on about these senators being guilty of mutiny – “criminal mutiny.” let’s begin at the beginning. Mutiny as is commonly understood is the revolt of sailors against “constituted authority.” Because we are not on the ocean and the senators are not sailors, this definition is absurd. Another, less common definition is the revolt against any authority. The senate being a CO-EQUAL branch of government with the authority to advise and consent on any treaty is not under the authority of the President and therefore means that they can’t be guilty of mutiny. Penn reminds one of the jailhouse academics aspiring for a larger vocabulary than they currently possess.
In addition, Maher begins discussing a letter that was sent to Iran. Penn follows by talking about the moment that letter arrived on the shores (of Iran). Just to clarify: The Cotton letter was not SENT to anyone, it was posted on his website. As silly as I believe the letter to be, it isn’t criminal. And stupid doesn’t make it traitorous. Shameful that they sat there, all talking about something about which they were misinformed.
But listen and make up your mind for yourself.