Statement on the Articles of Impeachment

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On July 25, 1974, Barbara Jordan delivered a fifteen-minute televised speech in front of the members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.[1] She presented the opening speech for former President Richard Nixon’s Impeachment hearings.[2] This speech is thought to be one of the best speeches of the 20th century.[3] Throughout her speech, Jordan strongly stood by the Constitution of the United States of America. She defended the checks and balances system, which was set in place to inhibit any politician from abusing their power.[4] Jordan never flat out said that she wanted Nixon impeached, but rather subtly and cleverly implied her thoughts.[5] She simply stated facts that proved Nixon to be untrustworthy and heavily involved in illegal situations.[6] She protested that the Watergate scandal will forever ruin the trust American citizens have for their government.[7] One of the reasons Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal was because of this speech. [8]This powerful and influential statement earned Barbara Jordan national praise for her rhetoric, morals, and wisdom.[9]

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  1. ^ "Barbara C. Jordan Profile," The History Channel, A&E Television Networks, LLC. 1996-2013. http://www.history.com/topics/barbara-c-jordan. Accessed 5 October 2013
  2. ^ "Barbara C. Jordan Profile," The History Channel, A&E Television Networks, LLC. 1996-2013. http://www.history.com/topics/barbara-c-jordan. Accessed 5 October 2013
  3. ^ "American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches," American Rhetoric Website, 2001-2013. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html. Accessed 5 October 2013
  4. ^ "Barbara C. Jordan Profile," The History Channel, A&E Television Networks, LLC. 1996-2013. http://www.history.com/topics/barbara-c-jordan. Accessed 5 October 2013
  5. ^ "Mr.Newman's Digital Rhetorical Symposium: Barbara Jordan: Statement on the Articles of Impeachment, "Newman Rhetoric Blogging Website, 2010. http://www.newmanrhetoric.blogspot.com. Accessed 5 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Mr.Newman's Digital Rhetorical Symposium: Barbara Jordan: Statement on the Articles of Impeachment, "Newman Rhetoric Blogging Website, 2010. http://www.newmanrhetoric.blogspot.com. Accessed 5 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Mr.Newman's Digital Rhetorical Symposium: Barbara Jordan: Statement on the Articles of Impeachment, "Newman Rhetoric Blogging Website, 2010. http://www.newmanrhetoric.blogspot.com. Accessed 5 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Barbara C. Jordan Profile," The History Channel, A&E Television Networks, LLC. 1996-2013. http://www.history.com/topics/barbara-c-jordan. Accessed 5 October 2013
  9. ^ "Barbara C. Jordan Profile," The History Channel, A&E Television Networks, LLC. 1996-2013. http://www.history.com/topics/barbara-c-jordan. Accessed 5 October 2013