If one simply swaps the parties, giving the Republicans the Presidency and the Senate, and the Democrats the secret meeting on Inaugural Day, "traitor" and "treason" would be two of the milder words used to describe the men who met in secret at The Caucus Room. Special prosecutors, investigative committees, ethics inquiries, and impeachment proceedings would dominate the daily news. By now, most of the conspirators would be long gone, if not serving federal sentences, at least shamed into some liberal think tank, making up new ways to convince the electorate to vote in their own interests for once. Some might even have an honest job by now.
The behavior of the Republicans who plotted this conspiracy barely rises to the strict level of treason defined in our Constitution, if at all. But it certainly does so in spirit, and at the least, their conduct should be evaluated by the House Ethics Committee, and impeachment should be on the table. Their conspiracy against the President and the people of the country should be ongoing front page news, either through investigation by a prosecutor, investigation by the House Committee on Ethics, or through Impeachment hearings. The Republicans certainly would play it that way. Democrats and Progressives never seem to get it, though. You do not need to have enough evidence to win. You only need enough to justify an investigation. Once the investigations begin, good things start to happen. An investigation into treason committed by Republican leaders might well have made them more cooperative with the President's agenda, since the heart of the investigation would be that they agreed to oppose any and all bills he proposed, even if taking that position bankrupted the country and resulted in American military deaths.
Though the vast majority of Americans favor Democratic positions on the issues, they continue to vote for Republicans and against their own economic interests. They do this because Republicans lie, and they lie loudly and often and blatantly. We progressives, though, would never think to call the conspirators of Inauguration Day "traitors," and their plan "treasonous," even though it might rightly be so, because such language frightens us. Once departed from the lips, we know there will be significant results, and we can never call back words once spoken. We fear the partisan response, when the partisan response could never get worse than it already is. We have the truth on our side. We must shout it as loud as the Republicans shout their lies. We must speak the truth as boldly, courageously, and often as the Republicans proclaim their lies.
The Republican use of the debt limit to extort other policies from the presidency while the country experienced an economic crisis and engaged in two wars started by the Republicans was treason, at least in the spirit of the word, the result of a conspiracy formed the same day Barak Obama officially became President of the United States, a conspiracy formed with the intent to achieve political and economic dominance over the United States regardless of the welfare of the country.
So there; it is done. The door is breached. The words are loosed upon the world. Let them fall upon those whom betrayed the American people and their President in a time of crisis as thunder serves to warn of the lightning to come. Someday the people will rise in righteous anger and ultimately punish those whom now lie and steal and cheat to gain partisan and financial advantage. There are hundreds more overt acts birthed from the original conspiracy. Help make the case; if you dare. Think like an elephant, not a jackass.