Listening to Barbara Jordan #6: “A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution.”

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The rest of the hearing remarks are all here. It’s a longer clip than the others but honestly, there is not a good place to cut it.

This is Barbara Jordan on the killing floor.

This was a woman who understands history, who illustrates time and again that we are, with every action, with every syllable, cutting the past away from the present.

She never mentions Nixon by name. There is the Constitution. There is the office of the Presidency. But Richard Nixon the president has already ceased to exist. By the time she finishes speaking, he is history.

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Audio copyright AmericanRhetoric.com.

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7 Responses

  1. […] finally: The rest of the hearing remarks are all here. It’s a longer clip than the others but honestly, […]

  2. Do you have the date for this one? I was just a kid then, didn’t watch the hearings on TV. I know that my senator (R) crossed sides, but I think I learned that after.

    • Happy to find this stuff still here, one of the finest compilations of Barbara Jordan’s oratory on the internet.

      But links to the new blog don’t work.

      Where did you go?

  3. A remarkable woman.

  4. […] finally: The rest of the hearing remarks are all here. It’s a longer clip than the others but honestly, […]

  5. […] to come back to help us, we need the ghost of Barbara Jordan now. We could just run a film of her speech at the House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment for Richard […]

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