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What was that large brooch on Speaker Pelosi's lapel?

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Notice that rather large brooch on Speaker Pelosi’s lapel at the SOTU? If you’re wondering what that is, you’re not alone. It is a representation of the Mace of the Republic, or the Mace of the US House of Representatives, and a symbol of her authority. The mace is modeled on an ancient weapon of the same name (think of an iron club). House rules indicate that the speaker may direct the Sergeant at Arms to lift the mace and present it before an offender, to restore order to the House. From the NY Times: "While history has no record that it has ever been used to actually club down the disorderly, it has been removed from its pedestal a dozen or more times and held in front of offending lawmakers by the House sergeant-at-arms. So great is the respect for it as a symbol of law and order that order was restored each time."

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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