It's been just about a month since Minnesota's First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn issued a Hagedorn Report, and the January 9th Report ignores the various votes that he made since the December 11th Report … like stating his opposition to funding the military by his support for Donald Trump's veto. ICYMI - Trump's veto was overrode when 149 Republicans joined with Democrats and independents to fund the Department of Defense but Jim Hagedorn is a Trump loyalist opted to adhere to the Party of Trump instruction. Note : Hagedorn did not vote during the roll call but informed the Clerk of the House his intentions. The latest Hagedorn Report expresses his "pledge to stand up for the conservative values" as part of the 117th Congress ... and to condemn "all illegal actions" during Wednesday's protest of the counting of Electoral College votes acknowledging that Joe Biden would be our next president (while never mentioning that he voted to reject the acceptance of certified results from Arizona and Pennsylvania.) The Hagedorn Hype that we have come to expect was evident with his self-praising of the inclusion of H.R. 5146 – the Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act into final legislation that the 116th Congress had passed. It's a bill that will have very narrow benefit but sounds good on his resume. Included in the Hagedorn Report was a link to Hagedorn's appearance on Kinship Christian Radio ... in which he bashed religions that were not Christian. Specifically, Hagedorn was upset with Missouri's Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, an ordained St. James United Methodist pastor, who opened the first session of the new 117th US Congress with a prayer that included religions that were not exclusively Christian. Gosh, does Congressman Hagedorn think that Congress only consists of Lutherans ? Respect for other religions and non-believers should be a central American belief. Congress is a multi-religion collection ... including our next Vice-President Kamala Harris, who was raised by a Hindu mother, but identifies as Baptist while married to a Jew ... the recently elected Senators from Georgia, Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Jon Ossoff, an American Jew ... plus Buddhists, Mormons, Restorationists, Unitarian Universalists, and yes, even Muslims. Read the words of Representative Cleaver and then listen to how Congressman Hagedorn goes on Christian radio to denounce his message. Eternal God, noiselessly we bow before Your throne of grace as we leave behind the politically and socially clamorous year of 2020. We gather, now, in this consequential Chamber to inaugurate another chapter in our roller coaster representative government. The Members of this august body acknowledge Your sacred supremacy and, therefore, confess that without Your favor and forbearance, we enter this new year relying, dangerously, on our own fallible nature. God, at a moment when many believe that the bright light of democracy is beginning to dim, empower us with an extra dose of commitment to its principles. May we, of the 117th Congress, refuel the lamp of liberty so brimful that generations unborn will witness its undying flame. And may we model community healing, control our tribal tendencies and quicken our spirit that we may feel Thy priestly presence even in moments of heightened disagreement. May we so feel Your presence that our service here may not be soiled by any utterances or acts unworthy of this high office. Insert in our spirit a light so bright that we can see ourselves and our politics as we really are--soiled by selfishness, perverted by prejudice and inveigled by ideology. Now, may the God who created the world and everything in it bless us and keep us. May the Lord make His face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon us and give us peace--peace in our families, peace across this land and dare I ask, O Lord, peace even in this Chamber, now and evermore. We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God and Brahma and God known by many names by many different faiths. Amen, and a woman.
2021 is starting off to be another year of “roller coaster representative government” with Jim Hagedorn.