William Blunt, Senate, Alger Hiss discussed on Political Scandals

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Seventeen <Speech_Female> eighty-nine by <Speech_Female> a vote of fourteen <Speech_Female> to eleven, <Speech_Female> the <Speech_Female> Senate passed the following <Speech_Female> resolution. <Speech_Female> The court <Speech_Female> is of the opinion <Speech_Female> that the matter alleged <Speech_Female> in the plea of <Speech_Female> the defendant is sufficient <Speech_Female> in law <Speech_Female> to show that this <Speech_Female> court ought not <Speech_Female> to hold jurisdiction <Speech_Female> of the set impeachment, <Speech_Female> and that <Speech_Female> the said impeachment <SpeakerChange> <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> is dismissed <Speech_Male> despite <Speech_Male> the overwhelming <Speech_Male> of <Speech_Male> guilt <Speech_Male> blunt was <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> not convicted. <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> Bitter <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> Party <SpeakerChange> lines <Speech_Male> had saved him <Speech_Female> in the <Speech_Female> end. The impeachment <Speech_Female> proceedings had <Speech_Female> been larger than <Speech_Female> just the sorted <Speech_Female> and likely treasonous <Speech_Female> wheelings <Speech_Female> and dealings of William. <Speech_Female> Blunt <Speech_Female> rather than seek <Speech_Female> true justice <Speech_Female> politicians <Speech_Female> on both sides of <Speech_Female> the aisle saw it as <Speech_Female> an opportunity to <Speech_Female> grandstand <Speech_Female> and broadly attack <Speech_Female> the ideologies <Speech_Female> of the opposing <Speech_Female> Party <Speech_Female> federalists had <Speech_Female> thought it was an opportunity <Speech_Female> to their grievances <Speech_Female> with land speculation <Speech_Female> in the West <Speech_Female> for their <Speech_Female> Republican counterparts. <Speech_Female> It was <Speech_Female> a chance to prove <Speech_Female> they had more <SpeakerChange> political. <Speech_Music_Female> Sway. <Speech_Music_Male> <Speech_Music_Male> If the <Speech_Male> federal had hoped <Speech_Male> to make an example <Speech_Male> out of William Blunt <Speech_Male> the effort <Speech_Male> had failed <Speech_Male> almost as miserably <Speech_Male> <SpeakerChange> as blunts, <Speech_Female> own investments <Speech_Music_Female> on <Speech_Female> January fourteenth. <Speech_Female> <Speech_Female> Ninety nine. <Speech_Female> It was all over. <Speech_Female> Vice, <Speech_Female> President Thomas <Speech_Female> Jefferson a Republican <Speech_Female> himself <Speech_Female> officially dismissed <Speech_Female> the case <Speech_Female> ending any <Speech_Female> lingering <SpeakerChange> questions <Speech_Male> over impeachment <Speech_Male> blunts <Speech_Male> national reputation <Speech_Male> may have been tainted <Speech_Male> granted. <Speech_Male> He was neither innocent <Speech_Male> nor guilty, <Speech_Male> but he remained <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> popular in <Speech_Male> Tennessee. <Speech_Male> He would have likely <Speech_Male> served the state <Speech_Male> government <SpeakerChange> for many <Speech_Female> years to come, <Speech_Female> but in <Speech_Female> March of eighteen <Speech_Female> hundred an illness <Speech_Female> spread through the <Speech_Female> capital of Knoxville <Speech_Female> sitting <Speech_Female> on his Verandah, <Speech_Female> the evening of March <Speech_Female> fifteenth <Speech_Female> fifty year old <Speech_Female> blunt, complained of <Speech_Female> having a slight chill. <Speech_Female> Six <Speech_Female> days later <Speech_Female> on March, twenty, <Speech_Female> first eighteen, <Speech_Female> hundred, <SpeakerChange> <Speech_Male> he died. <Speech_Male> In Death <Speech_Male> William Blunt <Speech_Male> reached. Peculiar <Speech_Male> status <Speech_Male> disgraced <Speech_Male> senator <Speech_Male> shoddy. Entrepreneur <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> and beloved <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> local icon <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> many would argue <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> that he was a financially <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> ruthless opportunist <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Male> and many agree. <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> His conspiratorial <Speech_Male> plan <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> could have dragged the young <Speech_Male> nation into <Speech_Male> another war, <Speech_Male> and yet <Speech_Male> blunt was <Speech_Male> never truly <Speech_Male> punished <SpeakerChange> for his actions. <Speech_Female> <Speech_Female> Perhaps <Speech_Female> despite his reputation <Speech_Female> for <Speech_Female> plotting scheming <Speech_Female> and fleeing <Speech_Female> loans, <Speech_Female> real legacy <Speech_Female> is as a partisan <Speech_Female> pawn. <Speech_Female> A man who was impeached <Speech_Female> and acquitted <Speech_Female> based <Speech_Music_Female> on sheer <Speech_Music_Female> political <Speech_Music_Female> expediency. <SpeakerChange> <Music> <Music> <Music> <Music> <Music> <Music> <Music> <Music> <Music> <Music> <Music> Thanks for listening. <Speech_Male> We'll be back <Speech_Male> next week with political <Speech_Male> scandal number, <Speech_Male> Fifteen <Speech_Male> Alger Hiss, <Speech_Male> and the ping <Speech_Male> pong of accusations <Speech_Male> against the diplomats <Speech_Male>

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