When the special joint session of Congress convenes, Mike Pence can put a stop to all the nonsense and restore order and sanity, if he simply does the right thing. The Vice President will run the entire show. That’s when America will learn if he decides to fulfill the oath he swore to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” and “ensure that the laws be faithfully executed.”
Mike Pence is America’s last line of defense
On January 6, American Thinker points out, “V.P. Pence will have two choices. He can roll over on ‘certified’ electors, or he can uphold the law.” As president of the Senate, he has the last word. The power of the Vice President is “plenary” and “unappealable.”
The fiercely embattled states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have been forced to send “dueling slates of electors to D.C.,” American Thinker writes. “This means that the V.P. has to decide how he will handle the situation when two sealed envelopes are handed to him from any of those states.”
Constitutional scholar Alexander Macris observed that all the way back in 1800, “Thomas Jefferson blithely counted defective electoral votes from Georgia, effectively voting himself into the presidency.”
The incident highlights that the “president of the Senate is the final authority on any motions or objections during the vote-counting.” There is “no appeal.” You can expect quite a bit of outrage, no matter what Mike Pence decides, but lawmakers can scream all they want.
Conservative Americans are convinced that the disputed states violated the law. Not just a little bit, but with multiple instances of serious abuses at nearly every level of the proceedings. In order for an election to have any “integrity,” the citizens need to have confidence that the only votes that get counted are the valid, lawful ones. In order to be tallied, a vote must be cast by “an eligible, properly registered elector as prescribed by laws enacted by the state Legislature.”
Not only must voters be registered, the ballot must be cast in a “timely manner as prescribed by the laws enacted by the state legislature.” Election officials can’t arbitrarily extend the voting cycle, as happened regarding mail in ballots. Finally, ballots must be “cast in a proper form as prescribed by laws enacted by the state Legislature.” If a signature or other required information is missing, the ballot is invalid and should be trashed. Pence has the power to do that, if he will dare to use it.
Cheating to win is a ‘travesty’
Democrats want you to believe that the election is valid “regardless of errors, omissions, and even deliberate malfeasance.” That is simply not true. It provides an illegally unfair advantage. American Thinker compares it to a golf tournament. What happened during the 2020 election is the same as allowing one player to re-do every bad shot without counting the stroke, while the other player “has to follow USGA rules in detail.” The result, they declare, “is a travesty.”
Americans aren’t upset over “a handful of improper votes.” What we seem to be looking at this time around is a massive and organized situation where the officials trusted to manage the election decided to simply ignore the law. The results aren’t valid and should NOT be counted. That’s why Mike Pence is on the hot seat. Americans are especially anxious because he could lean either way.
Generally regarded as a “gentleman who regards our governmental traditions with a degree of reverence,” Vice President Pence can expected to be “reluctant to take any bold action.” As cautious as he may be, this is a very serious dilemma and the fate of our entire American way of life is at stake in the outcome. The question has come down to whether we really have laws or not.
As an honorable man, he must “act to protect the law” from the massive illegality. The Vice President might decide that Georgia’s Secretary of State made illegal changes in the process which “gutted” the protections enacted by the Georgia Legislature. He may be concerned that “many thousands of ‘ballots’ were counted unlawfully in the absence of legally required observers.”
Mike Pence could decide that Georgia failed to follow the election law, so under the Constitution, their electoral college votes don’t count. As far as the other envelope, that list of votes wasn’t produced by a valid “election” either so it goes in the trash. Bottom line, Georgia results fall out of the contest. In other words, declaring “Georgia presents zero votes for Donald Trump and zero votes for Joseph Biden.”
The Vice President could likely throw out all the electoral college votes associated with all seven of the disputed states. He has the final authority to do it and nobody can stop him. If all seven states are nullified, Trump can claim 232 to Biden’s 222. The highest number wins. If that happens, there won’t be any need to rely on the House of Representatives to fix the problem.