So the electoral votes have been counted, and a different guy is supposed to take over the Oval Office in a week. And disregarding for the moment the concern of a whole lot of Americans over the validity of the votes in several states, it is now time for Congress to get down to business.

Or what passes for it on Capitol Hill. Frankly, I am not a big fan of these stimulus packages due to their heavy overemphasis on pork rather than stimuli for individuals, families and businesses.

Still, I might have thought that since control of the Senate will shortly change hands, the House of Representatives might have revisited that bill containing $2,000 stimuli for individuals which it passed so overwhelmingly, passed it again and readied it for the new Senate.

And since the guy who wouldn’t bring the last stimulus bill to a Senate vote will soon lose authority, there is every reason to expect the Senate would do so, pass it by a similarly overwhelming majority and have it ready for signature shortly after Jan. 20.

But that’s what I’d get for thinking.

The first order of business for the House of Representatives in the 117th Congress was not a stimulus bill. It was ...

Impeachment?!

Donald Trump has a total of seven days left in his term. What the heck’s the point?

Oh, sure: House Democrats accuse Trump of “incitement of insurrection” in their impeachment article. As posted by NBC News, the article filed on Jan. 7 alleges that in Trump’s Jan. 6 address to those planning to march on the Capitol building he “willfully made statements that encouraged – and foreseeably resulted in – imminent lawless action at the Capitol. Incited by President Trump, a mob unlawfully breached the Capitol, injured law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress and the Vice President, interfered with the Joint Session’s ... duty to certify the election results, and engaged in violent, deadly, destructive, and seditious acts.”

But: “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically [emphasis added] make your voices heard,” as reported by www.lifesite news.com Jan. 6 is the closest thing Trump said to “Storm the Capitol.”

Frankly, The Donald is not the most eloquent speaker. But neither is he the least clear. So how can anyone mistake “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” for “Storm the Capitol?”

The current crop of Democrats in Congress managed to. These are the same folks whose ranks include Maxine Waters, California Democrat who on June 25, 2018 called for her supporters to “Absolutely confront them!” speaking of Trump Cabinet members. “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them! And you tell them that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.”

Although CNN, which reported the story, claimed that Waters did not call for violence, it sure seems to me that “you create a crowd and you push back on them!” is a whole lot closer to a call for violence than “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” Besides, as previously reported, Democrats heeding her call confronted, threatened, harassed and/or hounded from public places:

then-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got chased out of a restaurant in Virginia.

then-Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen got jeered at another restaurant because of her enforcement of immigration laws.

then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was chased from a Kentucky restaurant by protesters.

then-Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt got hounded from office by threats to him and his family.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway was accosted in a downtown D.C. grocery store, when a man walking by with his shopping cart yells, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Go look in the mirror!”

Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller goes to a local restaurant and orders takeout sushi, when the bartender renders an obscene hand gesture after calling out his name.

former Clinton aide Phillip Reines blew an air horn outside the White House after Donald Trump arrives home from his European trip “to keep him awake all night.”

Such Democratic hypocrisy aside, they cannot remove Trump from office before Jan. 20. Even given pseudo-Republican Trumpophobes like Mitt Romney, there are not enough Senators who will vote him out.

And such a circumstance presupposes the article even gets a vote before next Thursday.

So how long after that will the Democratic Congress – self-proclaimed champions of “the common people” that its members style themselves – act on the next stimulus package they were so ready to send to Trump before they imagined one last chance to embarrass him?

It’s all a matter of priorities, isn’t it?

Gary Exelby is a reporter for the Paragould Daily Press. He can be reached at gexelby@paragoulddailypress.com.

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