According to Two Republicans, Personal Reflection Now Requires A National Act Of Congress
Look up the word “personal” in any dictionary, and two phrase you will not find in any dictionary are “made possible by an act of the Congress of the United States of America” and “performed by an entire nation”. A truly personal act begins with an individual decision. Personal behaviors aren’t collectively defined.
This simple distinction seems beyond the comprehension of Doug Lamborn and Trent Franks, two Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Yesterday, the pair of politicians introduced H. Res. 790, legislation declaring official U.S. federal government support for the National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance.
Never heard of the National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance before? You’re not alone. A quick review of public documents reveals that the supposed National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance is not at all national in its scope. The “National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance” appears nowhere other than in references by the Library of Congress to H. Res 790.
Trent Franks and Doug Lamborn appear to be attempting to concoct a national day of personal action out of whole cloth.
What their purpose is in introducing H. Res 790, Lamborn and Franks aren’t saying. Americans are already free to reflect and repent if they want to. If their reflections and repentances are truly personal, they don’t need congressional authoritzation.
What’s next from Representatives Lamborn and Franks? A National Day of Personal Pondering? A National Day Of Personally Being Very Sorry? A National Day of Personal Consideration of Stuff? A National Day of Thinking Really Hard About Things?