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Capitol police officers push back demonstrators at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. [AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana]
Capitol police officers push back demonstrators at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. [AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana]

Most of the state's delegation must resign

Article II of the U.S. Constitution states, “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.” The Constitution gives Congress no authority to decide who a state’s electors should be. Judges, including Donald Trump-appointed magistrates, found no significant voter fraud in some 60 court cases. Courts are the organizations our democratic system makes responsible for finding facts and applying law.

Before the invasion of the U.S. Capitol, five of Oklahoma’s seven congressional delegation members announced their intentions to vacate the electoral and popular vote in the recent presidential election. They gave aid and comfort to the insurrectionists. After the insurgents stormed the Capitol’s chambers, six members of the delegation voted to thwart the voters’ will and sought to overthrow America’s rightfully elected government. Article III states treason consists of making war against the United States or giving aid and comfort to the nation’s enemies. Unfortunately, 86% of Oklahoma’s delegation participated in these acts.

These wrongdoers — Sen. James Lankford, and Reps. Kevin Hern, Markwayne Mullin, Frank Lucas, Tom Cole and Stephanie Bice — must resign from their offices for their part in instigating and supporting Wednesday’s insurrection and invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

Andrew Tevington, Oklahoma City

Time to govern for good of the whole

Jan. 6, 2021, was foreseeable. Donald Trump has always been a shallow con artist, lacking in intellect and void of moral fiber, unfit to govern. His “leadership” in denying science and frustrating reasonable efforts at mitigation has cost America thousands of lives lost to COVID-19. But he also jeopardized something every bit as precious — our liberty.

Jan. 6 bears many similarities to the Crystal Night and the rise of Nazi Germany. The complicity displayed by the German government and some of the German people then is disturbingly similar to the complicity exhibited by Trump’s supporters now, in both active support and silent tolerance. We must learn from history or we will be doomed to repeat it.

On Jan. 6, certain senators and members of the House of Representatives formally objected to Congress’ certification of Joseph Biden as the next president, offering the lame excuse of supporting or bringing attention to the need to answer “questions” about the validity of the election, when those “questions” are only those of Trump himself in blind denial of reality. Those officials violated their oath of office and each should resign immediately, including Sen. James Lankford, whose switch, after the riot, does not exonerate him.

Are tax breaks, deregulation and a richer portfolio so important to us, as Americans, that we are willing to risk the freedoms (and responsibilities) of self-government? We don’t think so. It is time, through the democratic process, to take back our country and work together to govern for the good of the whole.

Mike and Barbara Hisey, Ardmore

Disenchanted with both political parties

Right on cue, the usual suspects (Republicans and Democrats) have come out “strongly denouncing” the protest that turned violent during the Stop The Steal rally in Washington. Denouncing violence is like having to say water is wet. No sane, rational person wants violence. However, it’s hard for me (and many others, I’m assuming) to stomach lectures on decorum from a party that either encouraged violence or remained silent during the months of rioting and looting in the streets of many American cities.

Despite his bravado and self-promotion, Donald Trump has been an outstanding president regarding leadership and policy. All that these “chirping birds” in D.C. are trying to do is distance themselves from Trump to ensure they can stay in Congress as long as possible. I am not a “Trumper.” I'm a conservative, American citizen who is extremely disenchanted with the two major political parties and the veritable quagmire in Washington. My guess is that there are many more of us with this same mindset who are typically silent, but for the sake of our country cannot be silent any longer.

Jerome Murray, Yukon

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