I write this as the polls are still open in Georgia. I have no idea how that election will turn out. The GOP may win with Loeffler and Perdue, but the media and the Democrats may find enough votes to put in Warnock and Ossoff. Leadership in the Senate hangs in the balance. I think, though, we’ve known since November that our nation is at a crossroads. Today, January 6, 2021, is a huge day. Protest marches and rallies are set up in the nation’s capital to support President Trump and his fight against election fraud.
While many members of the House have risen to support the president, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has raised the stakes by leading members of the Senate to also object to the electors from states where fraudulent voting possibly occurred. In a bold move, Hawley tweeted on December 30, 2020, “Somebody has to stand up. 74 million Americans are not going to be told their voices don’t matter.”
Since Hawley’s principled stance, eleven other Republican senators have agreed to oppose the certification of the election.
As I write this, I don’t know what the outcome of this will be. I, like millions of others, am praying for a miracle.
I do know, though, that I want to praise the senator from my state. Hawley is demonstrating courage and conviction in a time when those virtues are in short supply.
Hawley has faced some biting criticism from the left, including a ridiculous tweet from Wal-Mart which he nicely dispatched. Antifa thugs protested at his Virginia home, and according to a Hawley tweet, “threatened my wife and newborn daughter, who can’t travel. They screamed threats, vandalized, and tried to pound open our door.”
Hawley is also demonstrating leadership and attentiveness to his constituents. Most Missourians believe the election was stolen from President Trump and those who voted for him. The Missouri State House even passed a resolution stating as much. Hawley is reflecting Show-Me state values and opinion as he stands up against what many of us believe to be fraud.
The histrionics of those on the left are a bit mystifying. Contesting the certification of the Electoral College is not a new thing. In both 2004 and 2016, Democrats objected during the certification of the electoral votes. Hawley is doing the same thing that many preceding him have done. As I see it, he has a whole lot more to back up his claims than any previous challenge. Nevertheless, challenges can and should be made. That’s what makes our system great.
As you read this, I hope those of us who believe in and support President Trump are celebrating a miraculous turn of events. Even if we aren’t, though, I think the future is bright. I believe President Trump will remain a leading figure over the next three years. He is assembling a wide coalition of people who will be as angry and as motivated as people can be. The Republican party is reforming. Those who are not with the people, I hope, will no longer be with the party. There are some future stars in the wings, too. One of them is the distinguished senator from Missouri, Josh Hawley.