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ICYMI: Rand Paul’s speech on Senate floor blasting impeachment

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Excerpts from Sen. Rand Paul’s blistering speech on the Senate floor on Jan. 26, 2021:

This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to further divide the country.

Democrats claim to want to unify the country, but impeaching a former president, a private citizen, is the antithesis of unity.

Democrats brazenly appointing a pro-impeachment Democrat [Senate President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy] to preside over the trial is not fair or impartial, and hardly encourages any kind of unity in our country.

No, “unity” is the opposite of this travesty we are about to witness.

If we are about to try to impeach a president, where is the Chief Justice? If the accused is no longer president, where is the constitutional power to impeach him? Private citizens don’t get impeached. Impeachment is for removal from office. And the accused here has already left office.

Hyper-partisan Democrats are about to drag our great country down into the gutter of rancor and vitriol the likes of which has never been seen in our nation’s history. Instead of doing the nation’s work, with their new majorities in the House, the Senate, and the executive branch, Democrats are wasting the nation’s time on a partisan vendetta against a man no longer in office.

It’s almost as if they have no ability to exist except in opposition to Donald Trump. Without him as their bogeyman, they might to legislate, and to actually convince Americans that their policy prescriptions are the right ones.

Democrats are about to do something no self-respecting Senator has stooped to: Democrats are insisting the election is actually not over, and so they insist on regurgitating the bitterness of the election. This acrimony they are about to unleash has never before been tried.

Why? Because calmer heads have typically prevailed in our history, and allowed public opinion to cast blame where blame is deserved.

This sham of impeachment will ostensibly ask whether the president incited the reprehensible behavior and violence of January 6 when he said, “I know everyone here will soon march to the Capitol to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

“Peacefully and patriotically.” Hardly words of violence. [Interjection: Not at all.]

But what of Democrat words? What of Democrat incitement to violence?

No Democrat will honestly ask whether [Senator] Bernie Sanders incited the shooter that nearly killed Steve Scalise and volunteer coach. The shooter nearly pulled off a massacre — I was there — because he fervently believed the false and inflammatory rhetoric spewed by Bernie and other Democrats, such as, “The Republican health care plan for the uninsured is that you die.”

“No Democrat will ask whether Maxine Waters incited violence when she told her supporters, and I quote, that “If you see a member of the Trump administration at a restaurant, at a department store, at a gas station, or any place, you create a crowd, and you push back on them.”

Is that not incitement?

My wife and I were pushed and surrounded and screamed at by this same type of mob that Maxine likes to inspire. It’s terrifying to have a swarm of people threatening to kill you, cursing at you and literally holding you hostage until police come to your rescue. That night we were assaulted by the crowd, I wasn’t sure if we would survive even with the police protection.

But no Democrat suggested impeaching Maxine for her violent rhetoric.

The entire speech can be seen here:

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I don’t always see eye to eye with Rand Paul, but he’s a good man and he knows the Constitution. He knows the liberals don’t really want to Unite the States of America. Oh if everybody would fall in step like A Nazi goose step and follow them they would accept you with open arms but are you telling me that a racist like Maxine Waters and AOC and our current vice president have to answer to anyone? During the debates the vice president even called Biden a racist. They draw it like a gun. The Republicans know that the current efforts to impeach president Trump are unconstitutional. Leave it to the Democrats that only care about the Constitution when it benefits them. What a sad bunch of Americans and I use that term loosely.

    • Well said.

    • I often disagree with Paul, but give him credit for two things. He follows the Constitution and when he breaks from the mainstream he does it on genuine principle. Not convenience or person whim like Princess Lisa

  • Rand Paul is the best president we never had.

    • I’m going to go with Trey Gowdy.

    • Amen Kamila.

  • Unification of this country officially begins when Trump takes his old office back, which Sleepy Joe now uses for game day in the Dementia Wing.

    • You’re a funny guy Paul but Trump won’t be taking any old office back in this country. Keep em coming as we like the humor. Heheh!

  • Let the dems try to impeach – it will make them look so partisan, petty, vindictive, and STUPID, that many more will flock to the Republicans in the next election. Even better, the dems will wste so much time on this that they will have that much less to damage America with their communist policies. Bring it on dems – we will destroy you, despite your msm cheerleaders and election shenanigans.

  • If Trump gets impeached, as a civilian, to prevent him from ever holding public office again, then what stops any civilian from getting impeached, to preempt them from even running for office?

  • I suspect that this impeachment may become the Dems 911. It took a while to get Bin Laden, but he was got. How many tens of thousands did we kill, just to get him?
    Now we’re not going to kill anyone to get Pelosi, but her political career may not last as long as the designer ice-cream in her designer freezers.
    We may destroy a whole political party, maybe two or three, but if the nuclear political option is all we’ve got, then a political scorched earth it may be.
    74 million voters are not happy campers. All that anger will turn in some direction, more sooner than later.
    Senator McCarthy found out the hard way that he should have known when to back off. Will Pelosi know when to back off? Not likely. Her hatred of Trump apparently runs too fast and too deep. An irresistible obsession actually.

    • I love it when she gets so furious, that it appears she’s sucking her teeth or some damn thing. I don’t know maybe her polident is failing her. She gets so worked up in a rage that it can’t be healthy on her. She may actually do herself in.

  • I’m not going to try to argue against the irrational speech that Rand Paul made. It is typical of him. But, I am in the camp that thinks impeachment isn’t the proper course of action. I think Trump should be indicted for sedition, or possibly, treason. Seems like a reasonable course of action for someone who openly encourages an assault on the Capitol while Congress is in session.

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