THEY KNEW HE WAS COMING.

THEY KNEW HE WAS COMING.


Adam Schiff just gave one of most
powerful speeches I’ve ever heard and you’ll know exactly who he’s talking
about. Listen when a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune
bold in his temper possessed of considerable talents having the
advantage of military habits despotic in his ordinary demeanor known to have
scoffed in private at the principles of Liberty when such a man is seen to mount
the hobbyhorse of popularity to join in the cry of danger to Liberty to take
every opportunity of embarrassing the general government and bringing it under
suspicion to flatter and fall in with all the nonsense of the zealots of the
day it may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion
that he might ride the storm and direct the whirlwind those words were written
by Alexander Hamilton in a letter to President George Washington at the
height of the panic of 1792 a financial credit crisis that shook our young
nation Hamilton was responding to sentiments relayed to Washington as he
traveled the country that America in the face of that crisis might descend from a
Republican form of government plunging instead into that of monarchy the
framers of the Constitution worried then as we worry today that a leader might
come to power not to carry out the will of the people that he was elected to
represent but to pursue his own interests they feared that a president
would subvert our democracy by abusing the awesome power of his office for his
own personal or political gain and so they devised a remedy as powerful as the
evil it was meant to combat impeachment as centuries have passed our founders
have achieved an almost mythical character we are aware of their flaws
certainly some very painful and pronounced indeed and yet when it came
to the drafting of a new system of government never seen before and with no
Garrett would succeed we cannot help but be in
all of their genius their prescience even vindicated time and time again
still and maybe because of their brilliance and the brilliance of their
words we find year after year it more difficult to imagine them as human
beings this is no less true of Alexander Hamilton notwithstanding his recent
return to celebrity but they were human beings they understood human frailties
even as they exhibited them they could appreciate just as we can how power can
corrupt and even as we struggle to understand how the framers might have
responded to presidential misconduct of the kind and character that we are here
to try we should not imagine for one moment that they lacked basic common
sense or refused to apply it ourselves they knew what it was like to live under
a despot and they risked their lives to be free of it they knew they were
creating enormous ly powerful executive and they knew they needed to constrain
it they did not intend for the power of impeachment to be used frequently or
over mere matters of policy but they put it in the Constitution for a reason for
a man who would subvert the interests of the nation to pursue his own interests
for a man who would seek to perpetuate himself in office by inviting foreign
interference and cheating an election for a man who would be disdainful of
constitutional limit ignoring or defeating the other branches of
government and their co-equal powers for a man who believed that the Constitution
gave him the right to do anything he wanted and practiced in the art of
deception for a man who believed that he was above the law and beholdin to no one
for a man in short who would be a king we are here today in this hallowed
chamber undertaking a solemn action for only the third time in history because
Donald J Trump the 45th President of the United States has acted precisely as
Hamilton and his contemporaries feared those are the words of Alexander ham
10 a founding father signed the Constitution of the United States of
America over 200 years ago are they talking about you

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