Saturday, January 25, 2020

Orator for the Ages

In this day of sound bites and speeches which are nothing more than quotable moments strung together to garner crowd reaction, it was refreshing to hear a speech delivered by an orator that carried itself without applause or comment by the audience. Adam Schiff provided a performance memorable of performances by Daniel Webster and Patrick Henry. 

Most speakers work today for the reaction and applause--they give small bites of information and play to the crowd. How difficult it must have been for Adam Schiff speak to a silent room and provide over two hours of riveting, cogent oratory. And not on just one occasion, but two moving days, both Thursday and Friday nights.
Adam Schiff
Closing Argument in Trump Impeachment Trial Day 3
January 23, 2019

But I was amazed, when I woke this morning, to find that I was not the only person so moved by the closing argument delivered in an eloquent manner. My Twitter feed was "blowing-up." 

Last night followed on to Thursday night. I felt one of the strongest statements Schiff made last evening was:

All over the world, those living under oppressive regimes look to us. They look to us because we have a rule of law. Because in America, no one is above that law. To my Senate colleagues, I implore you: Give America a fair trial. She's worth it.
-- Adam Schiff, Day 4 President Trump Impeachment Trial, January 24, 2020

And, what is wrong with a fair trial? There is always fear when things done in darkness are exposed to the light!

Follow the evidence!

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

It is not about who wins or who loses--it is about preserving the Republic. 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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