Congress should live up to its oath

Members of Congress take an oath when they are elected to office that starts out, “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

All newly elected and returning members of Congress took this oath on Sunday when Congress reconvened. So it should still be fresh in their memories when Congress takes up the task of certifying the results of the electoral college vote on Jan. 6. The college voted to elect Joe Biden as the nation’s next president.

At the urging of President Donald Trump, members of Congress are being asked to reject that vote, to overturn the results of the election and put Trump back in the White House for another four years. Trump has been claiming since election night in November that he won the election, though certified counts and recounts, and judicial rulings on his many challenges have proven otherwise.

Several members of the House and Senate plan to raise objections to the voting results, which will at least delay the certification for a few hours.

In the end, however, members of Congress should follow the dictates of the Constitution, not of the president, and certify the results of the presidential election once and for all. It is their sworn duty, and unless true and compelling evidence can be produced to justify overturning the election, they should do it.


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