Mr. President, words matter. Have we arrived at such a place of numb acceptance? That we have nothing to say when a President of the United States casually suggests that, those who choose not to stand or applaud his speech, are guilty of treason? I certainly hope not. One who level such a charge knows neither the meaning of treason, nor the power that the words of a President carry.
If we are numb to such words, then we will surely regret that we failed to defend our colleagues in the Congress against such a vile remark. But our silence will also mark the day that we failed to recognize, that this conduct in an American president simply is not normal.
I've seen the President's most ardent defenders use the now weary argument, that the President's comments were meant as a joke, just sarcasm. Only tongue in cheek. But treason is not a punchline, Mr. President.