Yesterday, Rep Jay Steagall stood on the steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol and proclaimed his own constitutional foundation for opposing the federal election results. He graciously allowed us to reprint the speech as a guest editorial.
Good afternoon, friends, fellow patriots.
It's an honor to be here today, to stand with you, to voice not just a concern, but a slate of objections – an objection to the certification of illegally-cast electoral votes; an objection to the denial of appropriate action by both the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the majority of the U.S. Congress to ensure only legally-cast votes are certified; and an objection to those in the congress who are determined to throw off our constitutional guarantee of a republic.
For more than 60 days, we’ve made our position of suspicion of the validity of the November 3rd election results known to those who should hear us; yet our grievances have not been addressed, at least not with any appropriate nor acceptable action that I consider due for the security of our republic. This inappropriate behavior has resulted in the denial of our first amendment rights.
On December 21, 2020, I penned a letter to our seven congressional delegates, insisting they contest the electoral vote certification of the few states that in fact not only broke their own states’ election laws, but also violated provisions of the u.s. constitution. twenty-five other legislators joined the effort of my office, as instructed and supported by our fellow constituents, to make demand of our congressional delegates to take the just action of denying the certification of such electoral votes.
When confronted by some, whose desire seems to be one of submission to the acceptance of potentially illegally-cast electoral votes, and who challenge the position I've taken as a legislator, I am even more so determined to be firm in my resolve that the people are intentionally being denied representation. so I explain:
- Either the U.S. Constitution is that binding contract between the states and serves as the supreme law that affirms the manner in which the many states conduct themselves,
- or it doesn’t.
- Either the people have the right to not only redress their government, as guaranteed in amendment I of our constitution, but also to have their grievances taken up and addressed by those who have sworn the oath to protect and defend all rights,
- or they do not.
- “Either the people (whose just authority is temporarily loaned to those who govern) are the final arbiters of disagreements between themselves and their employees (the duly elected officials at any level of government),
- or they are not.
It is our duty, in order to properly represent our constituents and keep our oath, to act in such a manner as to direct this proper conduct of our congressional delegation.
Written in article iv, section 4 of our constitution we find this essential language: “the United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government…” I submit to you the fact that no such form of government can exist whenever the people are systematically denied representation by elected or appointed officials, judges, bureaucrats, or otherwise. Blatantly disregarding the guarantee of a republic is to completely dismiss its purpose, which is to provide a representative institution with the specific purpose of protecting every individual’s inalienable rights.
Those in our federal delegation who argue contesting the electoral votes today would be a violation of their oath of office are being nothing short of disingenuous. A process exists, (the electoral count act of 1887), which was created to address challenges to the certification of electoral votes. Senator Ted Cruz led the effort of requesting the formation of an electoral audit commission, seeking to implement the 1877 act in order to launch an investigation into the states whose electoral vote casts are under suspicion.
It is absolutely absurd and counter to the intent and provisions of the U.S. Constitution for a federal delegate to believe their only duty in this process is to certify the votes. I find it dangerous, irresponsible, and irreconcilable the belief that those constitutionally-charged with guaranteeing a republican form of government should simultaneously surrender the people to results of illegally-cast electoral votes.
Our responsibility as legislators is simple: “to support, obey, and defend the constitution.” it is incumbent upon all members of congress, in faithfully carrying out their constitutional duties, to ensure validity of each states’ cast of electoral votes; that we are not denied representation; and to guarantee the existence of our republic.
God bless you for being here today; God bless Oklahoma; and may god bless the greatest nation ever to exist – the United States of America.