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about the Presidency--what it means:

Why President? How The U.S. Named Its Leader


When the founders were writing the Constitution in the 1780s, they had no idea what to call the executive officer. King? Absolutely not. They wanted something that sounded impressive but not all-powerful.

Enter the word "president." It was floating around at the time, but its uses weren't too lofty.

"It comes from 'praesidere,' which literally means 'to sit before,' " says linguist Ben Zimmer, executive editor of "It referred to an officer who would sit before a gathering and would serve as the presiding officer."


Is Donald following the tradition established by the first ten Presidents? I don't think so.

Where has he gone wrong? IMO, he doesn't see himself as servant of all of us--to bring us together as a Nation.

Is that enough to impeach him?

I don't think so. He needs to do things no President should do beyond the spirit of the Constitution.




The founders also addressed what crimes constituted grounds for impeachment. Treason and bribery were obvious choices, but George Mason of Virginia thought those crimes did not include a large number of punishable offenses against the state. James Madison of Virginia objected to using the term “maladministration” because it was too vague. Mason then substituted “other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” in addition to treason and bribery. The term “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” was a technical term—again borrowed from British legal practice—that denoted crimes by public officials against the government. Mason’s revision was accepted without further debate. But subsequent experience demonstrated the revised phrase failed to clarify what constituted impeachable offenses.

It will be very interesting to see whether or not the House charges Donald properly.


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Subject Views Written By Posted
Time to think 600 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 14:04
Wasting good bandwidth 75 Sirfiroth 03-Dec-19 16:11
Sorry 73 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 16:36
Wasting good bandwidth 81 Sirfiroth 03-Dec-19 18:55
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 57 Warwick 04-Dec-19 18:54
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 60 Sirfiroth 04-Dec-19 19:57
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 59 Warwick 04-Dec-19 20:11
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 59 Sirfiroth 04-Dec-19 23:09
Not asking you to lie 74 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 23:53
Re: Not asking you to lie 65 Sirfiroth 05-Dec-19 04:40
You want Sage Advice? 45 Warwick 05-Dec-19 19:35
Re: You want Sage Advice? 53 Sirfiroth 05-Dec-19 20:18
Re: You want Sage Advice? 48 Warwick 05-Dec-19 20:26
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 47 OCaptain 07-Dec-19 12:47
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 48 Sirfiroth 07-Dec-19 14:26
Translating into Cowboy 55 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 20:25
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 48 OCaptain 07-Dec-19 12:46
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 49 Sirfiroth 07-Dec-19 14:43
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 46 OCaptain 07-Dec-19 17:11
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 50 Sirfiroth 08-Dec-19 00:36
Don't have a "side" 45 drrayeye 08-Dec-19 02:50
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 45 OCaptain 09-Dec-19 13:45
If only it ended with a "." 70 Buck 45 03-Dec-19 18:34
Re: If only it ended with a "." 57 WhoWeird 03-Dec-19 18:40
Re: If only it ended with a "." 63 Brian Patterson 03-Dec-19 19:18
At some point 62 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 19:40
Re:Ray, you are Cancer on American Freedoms, and Liberties 63 Brian Patterson 03-Dec-19 19:47
How would you know 60 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 21:06
Re: How would you know 49 WhoWeird 03-Dec-19 21:11
Re: How would you know 57 Brian Patterson 04-Dec-19 00:18
again 58 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 01:49
Re: If only it ended with a "." 52 WhoWeird 03-Dec-19 19:47
If only it ended with a "." 67 Sirfiroth 03-Dec-19 18:53
It starts with Civics/Government in High School 65 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 19:35
Taught by whom? 63 Buck 45 03-Dec-19 21:15
Does it matter? 61 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 01:53
Yes, it does 53 Buck 45 04-Dec-19 17:12
Re: Yes, it does 54 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 18:02
Re: Yes, it does 55 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 18:48
Groundhog Election Day 57 Buck 45 04-Dec-19 19:20
Re: Groundhog Election Day 54 Warwick 04-Dec-19 19:26
Re: Groundhog Election Day 54 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 19:28
Try and follow the conversation... 54 Buck 45 04-Dec-19 22:13
Re: Try and follow the conversation... 52 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 22:21
Careful thought about impeachment 58 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 20:19
"On the docket" of your psychosis 56 Buck 45 04-Dec-19 21:34
Time to think; Properly 66 Barbelo 03-Dec-19 22:01
Re: Time to think; Properly 64 WhoWeird 03-Dec-19 22:25
Re: Time to think; Properly 60 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 03:57
Re: Are You Drunk? 70 Brian Patterson 04-Dec-19 04:40
Communism, traditional American values--and Donald 61 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 14:01
Re: Time to think; Properly 55 Warwick 04-Dec-19 19:02
If you're in the mood to think 58 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 21:08
Re: If you're in the mood to think 53 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 21:21
Don't jump too far ahead 55 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 22:04
Re: Don't jump too far ahead 57 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 22:06
Opinion 53 drrayeye 06-Dec-19 01:41
IMO 48 drrayeye 06-Dec-19 18:12
Re: IMO 53 WhoWeird 06-Dec-19 18:19
I'm not so radical 49 drrayeye 07-Dec-19 00:51
I'm a Radical Republican 66 WhoWeird 07-Dec-19 01:42
Democrats taking this seriously 47 drrayeye 07-Dec-19 18:32
Future of American Democracy (opinion) 49 drrayeye 07-Dec-19 22:15
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 52 Eddie Larry 08-Dec-19 00:05
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 52 ldennyjr 09-Dec-19 15:37
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 57 WhoWeird 09-Dec-19 16:48
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 54 ldennyjr 09-Dec-19 20:07
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 49 WhoWeird 09-Dec-19 20:52
High school civics 52 drrayeye 09-Dec-19 22:32
Re: High school civics 45 ldennyjr 10-Dec-19 17:00
Re: High school civics 40 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 17:12
Re: High school civics 49 ldennyjr 10-Dec-19 18:35
Don't attribute 44 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 18:46
Re: High school civics 53 WhoWeird 10-Dec-19 19:05
thinking 41 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 23:26
Re: thinking, keep thinking 41 Eddie Larry 10-Dec-19 23:32
Re: thinking 38 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 23:40
Too Much Thinking About A Losing Proposition 42 Barbelo 10-Dec-19 23:46
You know about assume, no? 38 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 23:49
Re: thinking 40 Eddie Larry 10-Dec-19 23:49
Re: thinking 38 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 23:51
Re: thinking 44 Eddie Larry 10-Dec-19 23:56
Re: thinking 40 drrayeye 11-Dec-19 01:08
It's an opinion 54 drrayeye 08-Dec-19 02:56
Impeachmet easy feeling 62 drrayeye 11-Dec-19 04:37
What Do Young People Think About Impeaching Trump? 79 drrayeye 12-Dec-19 07:39
More speculation 47 drrayeye 12-Dec-19 21:51
Impeachment mix 61 drrayeye 14-Dec-19 01:31

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