In the Cheney years of ruling power in the U.S., the word 'traitor' took on new meanings unimagined by Funk and Wagnall.
The basic meaning as written down by the word-oracle Webster some 250 years ago is 'one who betrays a trust' which would put pretty much the whole Bush cabinet in jail. In our kinetic times it has come to mean the following as well: any social or legal action purported by a liberal, any one who dared criticize the hard Right agenda, anyone who protested the war in Iraq, anyone who questioned anything the ruling elite does.
Times change, however, and so do words. Now the word traitor must again be changed to reflect the increasingly complicated time in which we live. Following are the new meanings the term 'traitor' should encompass:
Anyone who seeks to undermine the President for no reason other than sheer political power grabbing.
Anyone who sent our boys over to fight, die and be maimed in a war whose sole real purpose is the pursuit of wealth through oil or as a land grab.
Anyone who manipulated the economy of the very country they base their business in to the point of making thousands impoverished and homeless.
Anyone keeping their own people intentionally ignorant so that they cannot raise their heads and arms above the poverty their ignorance forces upon them.
Anyone who incites people emotionally and blindly to lash out at any policy set forth by another political entity.
Any educational institution that will purposely manipulate the minds of its own young to be obedient to artificial authorities so that they can be easily controlled.
Anyone who expects his employees and fellow citizens to live on wages that barely pay for their food and place to live.
Any company who lays off their fellow townspeople in order to send their jobs overseas.
Any company who enslaves the people of another country to make products cheaply in order to undercut competitors at home.
Any organization that brainwashes and lies to its own followers to gain their political support.
Any corporation or business that belittles its employees or treats them like slaves in order to control them easier.
Any business entity so cold that it would devastate an entire area of a country by laying off employees rather than lose stock value.
Any financial entity that would so contrive the business of real estate that they would profit as many are left without homes.
Anyone who constantly derides or ridicules a governmental official for the purpose of undermining him.
Any military leaders who hire outside agents to work along side them who then in turn gouge and embezzle shamelessly their nations funds.
Any outside agents who would ruthlessly exploit their advantage in a war zone to gain immense profits due to lack of governmental oversight.
Any vice president of a country who would stand by, let this all this happen, and profit from it.
Such as these are the true traitors. They poison their very land of dwelling, then wonder why it rots.