Back.On.The.Table.Nancy.

I see the Barbara Jordan audio posts are getting yet another wave of listeners. Excellent! That’s why I put them back up in the top of the sidebar- just click on the great lady and you’ll get the posts. Or, if you just want the Impeachment material:

“There is no president of the United States that can veto that decision.”

“My faith in the Constitution is whole.”

“We know the nature of Impeachment. We’ve been talking about it a while now.”

“Indignation so great as to overgrow party interests.”

And finally:

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.

“A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution.”

It’s gratifying that those posts get steady hits, with intermittent waves of high numbers of page loads. People don’t just want that voice, they want that clarity of leadership, they want a Congress with some guts.

Madam Speaker, Put it back on the table

Bill Moyers Journal, July 13: John Nichols of The Nation and Bruce Fein of The Washington Times state, and restate, the most compelling explanation I’ve heard for why impeachment can’t be “off the table.”

Watch the video. Or read the transcript

JOHN NICHOLS: But also we would have hit that educational moment, that rare moment where a president of the United States has been forced to– go before the American people and say, “Oh, yeah, I just remembered, you’re the boss. You are the bosses. Not me. And that I am not a king.” Again, this is why raising impeachment at this point, it’s a very late point, is so important. Because we are defining what the presidency will be in the future today because we do know the high crimes and misdemeanors of George Bush and Dick Cheney. They have been well illustrated even by a– rather lax media. They have been discussed in Congress.

If we know these things and we do not hold them to account, then we are saying, as a people and as a Congress, we are saying that we can find out that you have violated the rule of law. We can find out that you have disregarded the Constitution. You– we can find out that you’ve done harm to the republic. But there will still be no penalty for that. If that’s the standard that we’ve set, it will hold. It will not be erased in the future.

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