Donald Trump, Vice President, Madam Speaker discussed on C-SPAN Programming


His legacy was passed down to us. Not as written decrees but understood norms how we ought to act. How we ought to conduct ourselves. Term after term, Each occupant has observed those norms out of a recognition that our Constitution's articles, they're not the only preservative of our democracy for more than two centuries, Madam speaker whenever those norms were tested in strained good and virtuous citizens. On both sides of the aisle found common purpose and reaffirming those norms. But memory fades and from time to time, it must be refreshed out of speakers. The framers emerged from the Constitution Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked whether they had made America a monarchy or republic. Probably all of us know this response. They rip up. Look, he answered. If you can keep it. That's the question today. If we can keep it on the way we keep it is to say no toe actions and words that do not Promote the keeping of that republic For millennia. People have understood that republic is only a stable is in lasting as the citizens and leaders who commit themselves to its upkeep. This president shown us he's not committed to that project, his tweets. Every day. I have shown he has not committed to that project. Indeed, he openly disdains it and appears to prefer the alternative. But what of the rest of us those of who have the honor and the great privilege and the weighty responsibility to represent the views of 750,000 of our fellow citizens? Way in this Congress have an opportunity. No a duty to demonstrate our commitment both as leaders and its citizens to keeping America, a Republic Republic that resolves its differences, not through being ordered to come to the capital to prevent them from stealing the election, which was an absurd assertion from the very first Day it was made. We cannot erase the last four years. Madam Speaker. We cannot turn back the clock. But we can look to the ideals and principles inherited from great presidents like Washington like Jefferson, and yes, certainly like Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. And from outstanding Americans like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Susan Anthony, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Our beloved John Lewis CSP from Washington. And yes, RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who taught us a lot about equality and inclusion. It's up to us to restore the vibrancy amount of speaker of our democracy by reaffirming Our commitment to the norms they passed on to us and entrusted to our care. But to make that possible, Madam Speaker, we must rise to this moment and not only affirm the virtues we cherish, but reject devices we have whore. That's what I'm asking my fellow representatives on both sides of the aisle to do today. We all stood, and we abhorred the violence that occurred and the threat to the very democracy that we hold so dear and swore an oath to protect and uphold project the seat project. Fearmongering rejects. Addition, tyranny and insurrection rejected the man for fealty to one man over Fidelity to one's country. When I address the house during the debate over the articles of impeachment of December 2019 I said the following we need not ask who will be the first to show our courage by standing up to President Trump the question we must ask, who will be the last To find it. Senator McConnell represented Cheney a number of other representatives who have spoken on this floor with great courage, Madame Speaker Because there is much fear of Donald Trump. There's much fear of Donald Trump's tweets. There's much fear of Donald Trump's Retribution for opposition. In my view, Donald Trump demands absolute loyalty and gives none In return. I hope others will join Liz Cheney. Oh brothers will be honest with themselves and with their constituents, as Liz Cheney was saying, there has never been a greater betrayal by a pro. The United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. Don't dismiss that. She's the daughter of the vice president, United States who was the whip when I came to Congress as she has taken a stand, I hope others will is well not on speaker. Soon, The clerk will call Role and ask for our boats. Make no mistake. This will be no ordinary roll call. This is about our country, Our Constitution and our democracy. These votes will be inscribed on the role of history, a record of courage and of our commitment to country and constitution of our commitment to the rule of law and renewal of that which we have. Heritage and hope to pass on unbroken on shattered with just seven days left in the president's firm. This vote is not about timing. It is about principle and fidelity to our constitution. It concerns the clear and present danger facing our country, not only in these final days of the Trump administration, but in the weeks, months and years that will follow It is about the necessity to demonstrate to this generation and the future generations the duty we share to protect our democracy every single day. Do not pretend my friends that it was simply those who came into the capital encouraged by our president to stop the steel at any cost..

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