The irony of leftist academia accusing conservatives of “treason” is a bit rich.

Via Daily Caller:

A professor of Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University in New York City, Robert A. Thurman, is hopping mad that Republicans are refusing to raise taxes. Last Tuesday, he decided to make a video about it.

In the conspiracy-minded video, Thurman equates Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge with the oath of office. He then charges that members of Congress who have promised not to support tax increases have a conflict of interest that prevents them from serving as elected officials.

The oath of office that all members of Congress take, Thurman notes, states that officeholders will do their jobs “without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.” […]

The Columbia professor calls the no-tax pledge “a seditious oath, a treasonous oath.” He flatly states that libertarians and tax cutters “cannot actually serve in the government with good conscience.” They are “not sincere about deficit reduction.” The “real role” of any Republican who has promised not to raise taxes is “to act as a mole to destroy the government.”

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