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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 640 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 14:04
Wasting good bandwidth 94 Sirfiroth 03-Dec-19 16:11
Sorry 90 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 16:36
Wasting good bandwidth 104 Sirfiroth 03-Dec-19 18:55
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 75 Warwick 04-Dec-19 18:54
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 73 Sirfiroth 04-Dec-19 19:57
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 74 Warwick 04-Dec-19 20:11
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 75 Sirfiroth 04-Dec-19 23:09
Not asking you to lie 94 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 23:53
Re: Not asking you to lie 92 Sirfiroth 05-Dec-19 04:40
You want Sage Advice? 64 Warwick 05-Dec-19 19:35
Re: You want Sage Advice? 67 Sirfiroth 05-Dec-19 20:18
Re: You want Sage Advice? 62 Warwick 05-Dec-19 20:26
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 62 OCaptain 07-Dec-19 12:47
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 66 Sirfiroth 07-Dec-19 14:26
Translating into Cowboy 70 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 20:25
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 63 OCaptain 07-Dec-19 12:46
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 62 Sirfiroth 07-Dec-19 14:43
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 65 OCaptain 07-Dec-19 17:11
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 74 Sirfiroth 08-Dec-19 00:36
Don't have a "side" 64 drrayeye 08-Dec-19 02:50
Re: Wasting good bandwidth 61 OCaptain 09-Dec-19 13:45
If only it ended with a "." 90 Buck 45 03-Dec-19 18:34
Re: If only it ended with a "." 73 WhoWeird 03-Dec-19 18:40
Re: If only it ended with a "." 81 Brian Patterson 03-Dec-19 19:18
At some point 80 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 19:40
Re:Ray, you are Cancer on American Freedoms, and Liberties 79 Brian Patterson 03-Dec-19 19:47
How would you know 73 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 21:06
Re: How would you know 69 WhoWeird 03-Dec-19 21:11
Re: How would you know 69 Brian Patterson 04-Dec-19 00:18
again 75 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 01:49
Re: If only it ended with a "." 66 WhoWeird 03-Dec-19 19:47
If only it ended with a "." 82 Sirfiroth 03-Dec-19 18:53
It starts with Civics/Government in High School 83 drrayeye 03-Dec-19 19:35
Taught by whom? 78 Buck 45 03-Dec-19 21:15
Does it matter? 76 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 01:53
Yes, it does 71 Buck 45 04-Dec-19 17:12
Re: Yes, it does 67 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 18:02
Re: Yes, it does 70 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 18:48
Groundhog Election Day 75 Buck 45 04-Dec-19 19:20
Re: Groundhog Election Day 72 Warwick 04-Dec-19 19:26
Re: Groundhog Election Day 70 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 19:28
Try and follow the conversation... 71 Buck 45 04-Dec-19 22:13
Re: Try and follow the conversation... 71 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 22:21
Careful thought about impeachment 77 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 20:19
"On the docket" of your psychosis 75 Buck 45 04-Dec-19 21:34
Time to think; Properly 85 Barbelo 03-Dec-19 22:01
Re: Time to think; Properly 81 WhoWeird 03-Dec-19 22:25
Re: Time to think; Properly 81 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 03:57
Re: Are You Drunk? 85 Brian Patterson 04-Dec-19 04:40
Communism, traditional American values--and Donald 83 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 14:01
Re: Time to think; Properly 76 Warwick 04-Dec-19 19:02
If you're in the mood to think 80 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 21:08
Re: If you're in the mood to think 69 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 21:21
Don't jump too far ahead 71 drrayeye 04-Dec-19 22:04
Re: Don't jump too far ahead 79 WhoWeird 04-Dec-19 22:06
Opinion 69 drrayeye 06-Dec-19 01:41
IMO 63 drrayeye 06-Dec-19 18:12
Re: IMO 70 WhoWeird 06-Dec-19 18:19
I'm not so radical 63 drrayeye 07-Dec-19 00:51
I'm a Radical Republican 86 WhoWeird 07-Dec-19 01:42
Democrats taking this seriously 70 drrayeye 07-Dec-19 18:32
Future of American Democracy (opinion) 66 drrayeye 07-Dec-19 22:15
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 72 Eddie Larry 08-Dec-19 00:05
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 74 ldennyjr 09-Dec-19 15:37
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 74 WhoWeird 09-Dec-19 16:48
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 70 ldennyjr 09-Dec-19 20:07
Re: Future of American Democracy (opinion) 62 WhoWeird 09-Dec-19 20:52
High school civics 73 drrayeye 09-Dec-19 22:32
Re: High school civics 58 ldennyjr 10-Dec-19 17:00
Re: High school civics 57 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 17:12
Re: High school civics 69 ldennyjr 10-Dec-19 18:35
Don't attribute 59 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 18:46
Re: High school civics 66 WhoWeird 10-Dec-19 19:05
thinking 59 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 23:26
Re: thinking, keep thinking 50 Eddie Larry 10-Dec-19 23:32
Re: thinking 51 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 23:40
Too Much Thinking About A Losing Proposition 62 Barbelo 10-Dec-19 23:46
You know about assume, no? 51 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 23:49
Re: thinking 56 Eddie Larry 10-Dec-19 23:49
Re: thinking 54 drrayeye 10-Dec-19 23:51
Re: thinking 64 Eddie Larry 10-Dec-19 23:56
Re: thinking 57 drrayeye 11-Dec-19 01:08
It's an opinion 76 drrayeye 08-Dec-19 02:56
Impeachmet easy feeling 92 drrayeye 11-Dec-19 04:37
What Do Young People Think About Impeaching Trump? 96 drrayeye 12-Dec-19 07:39
More speculation 65 drrayeye 12-Dec-19 21:51
Impeachment mix 76 drrayeye 14-Dec-19 01:31

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