Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
That's the text of the Logan Act, passed by Congress and enacted into law on January 30, 1799 and John Kerry should be charged under its provisions immediately.
Our former Secretary of State has been engaged in shadow diplomacy with officials from Iran and Europe for months. His goal? The salvage of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal he played such a part in bringing into existence.
Per a report by the Boston Globe, Kerry had two meetings in recent months with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in which the two worked to devise a strategy to counter the Trump Administration's efforts to walk away from the deal. Specifically discussed according to the Globe were ways for Kerry and Zarif to work together to put pressure on the Trump Administration and frustrate the intentions of the sitting President of the United States.
Kerry also met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was foreign minister of Germany when the deal was negotiated, French President Emmanuel Macron twice and has spoken by phone with European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini. All of Kerry's actions have deliberately been kept under the radar in an effort to outmaneuver the Trump Administration and prevent them from acting to counter his efforts.
That Kerry's actions are a clear violation of the Logan Act is without question. A private citizen acting to assist the enemies of the United States and to frustrate American foreign policy would seem to be precisely what the Act was intended to prevent.
Perhaps more importantly, however, Kerry's actions highlight a very dangerous direction in American politics, one which threatens the very core of our democracy. Kerry's meetings are premised fundamentally on the principle that President Trump is illegitimate, that he should not be afforded the respect due a sitting President and that the results of a free election should be rejected. As such Kerry's actions are part and parcel of a larger effort on the part of liberal Democrats and opponents of the President to prevent him from governing and to destabilize his administration.
At the end of the Revolutionary War when the British were defeated and independence won, George Washington did something extraordinary. He did not declare himself king. He did not decide that he knew best how to run the country and that his wisdom and insight should be afforded some special privilege.
Washington resigned his commission and returned to private life. Ever since, through the Articles of Confederation, the drafting of the Constitution and two hundred and fifty years of independence, we have prided ourselves on respect for civil authority and the peaceful transition of power. It has been what has distinguished us from the banana republics of the world.
That principle of respect for the results of the electoral process is now under siege. A self-appointed intelligentsia, convinced of its own infallibility and superiority has decided to declare a sitting President illegitimate and to do everything in its power to bring him down. This is not preparation for an electoral campaign in 2020. When you are morally and intellectually superior you don't need to wait for elections or trifle with little matters like the stability of the republic.
The President displeases you. You find him uncouth. He must be toppled now.
All day, every day this effort continues. A special counsel appointed, supposedly, to investigate allegations that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election and acted in concert to that end with the Trump campaign is now pursuing a limitless inquisition into the past activities of anyone ever associated with Donald Trump. A porn star known for self-aggrandizement and publicity stunts is trumpeted as a victim and hailed as a hero for coming forward to tell her story. That she has made millions off of DVD sales and tickets to her "Make America Horny Again" strip club tour is ignored.
This is the way republics die. This is ultimately what killed the Roman Republic. A nation built on respect for the rule of law and separation of powers became the plaything of powerful factions and rich men who no longer believed that they needed to respect anything other than power and control. At the end of this road lies the same fate for the United States of America.
You may love Donald Trump. You may hate him. You may be like many Americans and find yourself feeling a little bit of both emotions on any given day.
Here is the reality. Donald Trump is President of the United States. He won the election, not because the Russians hacked our computers or because of any other conspiracy. He won, because a very large number of Americans were thoroughly sick of politics as usual and frustrated beyond measure with the incompetence and ineffectiveness on display in Washington, DC.
If you want Donald Trump out of the White House in 2020 and you believe his policies are dangerous and misguided, then get to work. Start campaigning. Run for office. Raise money Fight the good fight within the bounds of our electoral system.
Don't put yourself above the Constitution. Don't put yourself above the law. Don't tell me you are saving the republic by destroying the foundations on which it stands.