Brenda Wineapple

“Impeaching a President implies that we make mistakes, grave ones, in electing or appointing officials, and that these elected men and women might be not great but small—unable to listen to, never mind to represent, the people they serve with justice, conscience, and equanimity. Impeachment suggests dysfunction, uncertainty, and discord—not the discord of war, which can be memorialized as valorous, purposeful, and idealistic, but the far less dramatic and often squalid, sad, intemperate conflicts of peace, partisanship, race, and rancor. Impeachment implies a failure—a failure of government of the people to function, and of leaders to lead. And presidential impeachment means failure at the very top.”


Brenda Wineapple, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
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The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple
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