The new 117th U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a new set of rules Monday that take virtue signaling to the next level: The Federal government will no longer refer to the Founding Fathers.
Nor any fathers or mothers, for that matter.
Also, anything with the word “man” attached to it is neutered. In prayer, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver concluded the opening prayer for 117th Congress with “Amen and Awomen.” Cleaver, who is a pastor, evidently believes that “Amen” is a reference to men, when in fact it is derived from Greek and Hebrew and means “truly” or “it is so.” It was also used by ancient Egyptians as a name for the Egyptian god of the sun and air, who was Lord of all creation.
The rules will penalize House members or employees of the House for passing along on social media anything that the leadership deems to be “fake news.” That would include, quite likely, memes or items from the comic site Babylon Bee, which traffics in funny fake political and social commentary news.
The House will prohibit reference to “seamen” for sailors or seafarers, and abbreviate “chairman” to chair.
The body will also prohibit legal references in federal code to family roles and genders, such as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in- law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, step- mother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, etc.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern announced new rules for the 117th Congress, which will be introduced and voted on during regular session on Monday.
The House will establish an Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The proposed changes are to reflect “the views and values of the full range of our historically diverse House Democratic Majority,” Pelosi said in a joint statement with Rules Chairman McGovern.
The new rules would also remove floor privileges for any former members convicted of crimes related to their House service or election and make it a violation of the Code of Official Conduct for a member, officer, or employee of the House to disclose the identity of a whistleblower.