I was asked recently by a reporter who called himself a “Democracy/Misinformation Reporter” if I had altered my position from December 2020 when I signed a letter insisting Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation challenge the certification of the electoral votes from states that changed election laws illegally. I remain unchanged. We must all understand and remember what happened if we are to stop fraudulent behavior in future elections.
Today, January 6th, we will no doubt hear somber references to an “Insurrection” perpetrated one year ago. It is worth reflecting that the supposed “insurrection” was by people insisting upon strict adherence to the Constitutional provisions for electing a president!
Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution defines expressly the manner of electing a president. “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors”. The state legislatures appoint electors, who then convene in their respective states to cast ballots for the President and Vice President, as further defined in the Twelfth Amendment. The electors in each state shall sign and certify the number of votes for President and Vice President, and send such lists sealed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted (as on January 6th last.) This is fairly straightforward.
The Constitutional objection last January 6th is that a few Secretaries of State, NOT the state legislatures, altered the manner of choosing electors in these few states, and therefore that altered manner of choosing electors did not satisfy clear Constitutional requirements. The corrective action demanded was that the President of the Senate (Vice President Pence) on January 6th should remand the constested electoral counts BACK to the state legislatures for confirmation.
This, ladies and gentlemen, far from an “insurrection”, is an insistence upon strict Constitutional adherence! An insurrection against the United States is defined, as in Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, as insurrection or rebellion AGAINST the Constitution of the United States. A group insisting on ADHERENCE to the Constitution of the United States is the opposite of insurrection.
For further thought, consider that one can always discern what the Left is up to by listening to what they accuse others of doing. The Left is notably unsubtle that way.
Amendment 14, Sec 3- No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.