Those in Congress voting to overturn election violated oath

Along with many Americans, I was horrified at the insurgence encouraged by our former president, Donald Trump, who on Jan. 6 at an event near the White House encouraged the gathered mob to march to the U.S. Capitol and “Take your country back, and I’ll be right there with you!” The results were disastrous! His claim was that the election was stolen from him.

This was an unconscionable act since several courts had already acted on it and declared that there was no fraud, and that the election was one of the most secure in our nation’s history. Since having learned that some members of Congress knew about this and yet said nothing and in some cases seemed to encourage this action, I have been waiting to hear of any disciplinary actions towards those congressional members who supported and encouraged Mr. Trump’s conspiracy theory and who supported or encouraged the insurrection of our Capitol building while Congress was in session validating the election.

It seems plain to me that according to Amendment XIV Section 3 of our U.S. Constitution, they should not continue in office because they betrayed the oath they took to become a member of Congress. Briefly, that section states “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress … who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States … 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.”

Since then, the investigative reports show that there were 139 of 221 House members and eight of 51 senators who voted to overturn the election. Some even encouraged the insurrection. As a lifelong registered American voter, I believe that we need to be assured that all our members of Congress will have respect for their oath of office and respect for our republic and be willing to always know and speak the truth, but especially as it relates to elections.

Dottie Villesvik

Everett

Talk to us

More in Opinion

toon
Editorial cartoons for Friday, June 25

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Joel Gardiner, left, embraces his new bride Mandi Gardiner as officiant Brooke Bakogeorge steps away after marrying the couple at the arch separating the U.S. from Canada at Peace Arch Historical State Park Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Gardiner, of Canada, walked across the border at the park into the U.S. earlier in the day to wed his American sweetheart. The border has been closed to nonessential travel since March 2020, but Canadians have been allowed to walk over a ditch into the U.S. park and weddings have become routine there. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Editorial: Allow fully vaccinated to cross U.S.-Canada border

The recent extension of the border’s closure is unnecessary for those protected by covid vaccines.

Schwab: FBI was in on Jan. 6? Italian satellites swapped votes?

As long as we’re spinning conspiracies, is Tucker a Kremlin plant? We’re just asking questions, here.

Saunders: Is Hunter Biden’s new career art for grift’s sake?

With paintings going to anonymous buyers for up to $500,000, new questions of pay to play arise.

Comment: Time for Congress to curtail presidents’ ‘private wars’

Congress should repeal its past authorizations of military force to provide better accountability.

Comment: This isn’t the Obamacare we started out with

Republicans couldn’t kill the Affordable Care Act, but they were able — with Democratic help — to change it.

How is running up the score in high school sports fair play?

Over the last several years I’ve seen a disturbing trend developing among… Continue reading

GOP is losing favor with independents

Most Republicans are apparently sticking with the big con named Donald Trump… Continue reading

Isn’t saving lives reason enough to get vaccine?

It’s beyond me why some people have to have an incentive (bribe)… Continue reading

Most Read