Michael Moore suggests the Senators who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s electoral win be removed from holding public office based on Section 3 of 14th Amendment whch contains the qualification clause first ratified directly after the civil war. The clause states:
“Section 3 prohibits public office holders who have taken an oath to support the U.S. Constitution and then engage in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or who give aid or comfort to enemies of the United States, from serving in public office.”
An article in Pogo, Nov. 2022 (Hempowicz, Eisen, and Janovsky) explained, “there should be little doubt that the attack on the Capitol on January 6 rises to the level of an insurrection. In determining whether the attack triggers the disqualification clause, a New Mexico county trial court recently summarized the historical understanding of “insurrection” as: “an (1) assemblage of persons, (2) acting to prevent the execution of one or more federal laws, (3) for a public purpose, (4) through the use of violence, force, or intimidation by numbers.”4
Moore is on a campaign to use the text of the Constitution to hold members of Congress who supported the “big lie” on the day of the insurrection accountable. The movement to tear down the US government and reinvent an extremist, autocratic government is underway. The Capitol rioters who have been indicted and convicted of insurrection represent only a fraction of the threat to the American democracy. Corrupt attorneys, corrupt state officials, and corrupt members of Congress participated in the coup attempt to overthrow a free and fair election.
Santos has lied and told pathological lies about his education, his mother’s death, his ethnicity, and his financials. This should disqualify him from being seated. However, the opportunistic McCarthy said nothing about the Santos scandals because of his egomaniacal hunger to be Speaker. Eliminating party leadership is needed to reduce political corruption. Let each representative vote to represent their districts, not the party politics.