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PostPosted: January 1st, 2021, 6:46 am
by toucana
Epiphany is a traditional Christian feast day normally marked on 6 January in the Gregorian calendar of the western church.

Derived from the koine Greek word ἐπιφάνεια (epipháneia - ‘manifestation’), it celebrates the visit of the Magi or ‘Three Wise Men’ bearing gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to the Christ child in Bethlehem. The eve of Epiphany is traditionally known as Twelfth Night, the day when Christmas decorations are supposed to be taken down.

In USA, Wednesday 6 January is about to become a manifestation of another sort, the assumption of around 150 or so ‘Unwise Men’- a.k.a the Republican party- who believe they can magically nullify and overturn the results of the 2020 US presidential elections in a political stunt that might be christened 'The Adoration of The Baby’.

On January 3, the first meeting of the 117th Congress, the archivist of the United States will transmit the certification of election results from each state governor to both houses of Congress. The date for counting electoral votes is fixed by law as January 6. 

Electoral votes will be tallied in a joint session of the House and the Senate, meeting in the House chamber. The president of the Senate — the vice president — is the presiding officer of the session. If Vice President Mike Pence chooses not to attend the joint session, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, president pro tempore of the Senate, will preside.

As the presiding officer, Pence will have the uncomfortable task of reaffirming Mr. Biden's victory and acknowledging his own defeat, all while Mr. Trump continues to deny he lost the election.

Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri has announced he will formally object to the certification of electoral votes for president-elect Joe Biden on 6 January, joining GOP members of the lower house who plan to do the same thing - thereby forcing the the joint session to hold separate votes to confirm the electoral results.

It’s an outcome that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has been desperately trying to avoid because it is both hyper-partisan and utterly pointless. One political commentator has likened the various GOP attempts to disrupt the session, and to coerce VP Mike Pence into reading a different electoral outcome into the record as resembling an attempt to force the MC reading out the Oscar nomination results at the Academy Awards ceremony to announce a different Oscar winner from the one written on the card in the envelope!

In reality, VP Mike Pence has no such executive discretion. His role as presiding officer of this joint session is a purely formal one. WH sources privately say that VP Mike Pence has tried to explain all of this to president Trump, but in vain. President Trump and his few surviving delusional sycophants apparently cannot understand why VP Mike Pence can’t simply declare Trump the winner of the 2020 election and be done with democracy for good.

It’s one reason why Mike Pence is reported to be planning to leave the country on a prolonged overseas tour on 6 January immediately after the joint session is concluded.

Re: Epiphany

PostPosted: January 6th, 2021, 10:26 pm
by toucana

Dear Colleague
Today a shameful assault was made on our democracy. It was annointed at the highest level of government. It cannot however deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden.

To that end, and in consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn, and after calls to the Pentagon, the Justice department, and the vice-president; we have decided we should proceeed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use. Leader Hoyer, meaning congressman Steny Hoyer, will be sending out more guidance later today.

We always knew this responsibility would take us into the night. The night may still be long, but we are hopeful for a shorter agenda. But our purpose will be accomplished. We also knew that we would be part of history in a positive way today, despite ill-founded objections to the electoral college vote. We now will be part of history, as such a shameful picture of our country was put out to the world, instigated at the highest level.

Today, January 6th, the Feast of Epiphany, let us pray that this instigation to violence will provide an epiphany for our country to heal.

Members and staff should remain on the Capitol complex until they are notified by the United States Capitol police. I look forward to seeing you later this evening during this time of great sadness

Speaker of the House - Nancy Pelosi