The Court’s Avoidance of Duty

Carey Rowland
3 min readFeb 11, 2024

January 6, 2021: You’ve heard of that day, right?

If you haven’t heard about what happened on that day, you must have been on a desert island somewhere, or perhaps sleeping in a hayloft while the little foxes were out in the barnyard trying to spoil the vines and get drunk on the grapes of wrath.

Seriously, though . . .

On that historic day, our former Vice President, Mike Pence, saved our Republic from what might have been a fatal attack. He acted alone, very bravely, in his persistence to perform his Constitutional duty: to assure us — the American people — that our Electoral votes would be properly counted, to determine who would be our President during 2021–2024.

On that fateful day, Vice President Pence’s dutiful action seemed to be a singularly solitary decision. But we later learned — thanks to the US House Special January6 Committee — that Mike had some help. He had help from God.

You think I’m kidding? I’m not kidding, y’all. Here’s how it happened. For one thing . . . Greg Jacob, Pence’s assistant, was seeking divine wisdom when he turned to the Bible for some guidance. He later testified that, in that hour of extreme danger, hidden with Pence and others beneath the Capitol. . . he was reading, in the Old Testament, about the ancient prophet, Daniel, who had endured a similar test in his role as advisor to an ancient emperor. (See Daniel chapter 6.)

Meanwhile, in those tense moments, our Vice President made two very important phone calls. He called former Vice President Dan Quayle for advice. He also called Judge Michael Luttig.

Today, February 11, 2024, I listened to Michael Popok’s interview with Judge Luttig. They were discussing a new case — the 14th-amendment “insurrection” case that is currently before our Supreme Court.

If you are a citizen of these United States, I recommend that you listen to this interview on YouTube, or, as the saying is these days, “wherever you get your podcasts.”

In their discussion, Judge Luttig calls Section 3 of the 14th Amendment “the Constitutional safety net for American democracy.”

Hear the Judge explain the importance of that “safety net”:

Popok and Luttig

Judge Luttig’s explanation clarifies the present controversies surrounding Section 3 of the 14th Amendment . . . better than any other explanation that you may hear anywhere.

But hey, there was a constructive development in another Washington court last week: the decision by the DC Circuit Appeals Court, 3-Judge panel, that donald trump — like any other citizen — has no immunity against criminal indictment and conviction. Popok and Luttig also discuss that decision, which enables Prosecutor Jack Smith to proceed in his insurrection case against trump in Judge Tanya Chutkan’s DC Circuit court.

If, however, you are weary of all these legal perplexities, perhaps you will find some amusement in the song I composed when Justice Kavanaugh was being nominated, a few years ago, by the Senate Judiciary Committee:

Ballad of Brett and Blasey

Glass half-Full



Carey Rowland

Author and Publisher of 4 novels: Glass half-Full, Glass Chimera, Smoke, King of Soul; 1200+ blogs, musician, songwriter, poet, 43-year husband and father.