Barbara Jordan (1936-96).

Deep in the hot summer of 1974, on July 25, a junior member of the House Judiciary Committee spoke for articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.  Barbara Jordan said (with our emphasis):

Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States:  "We, the people."  It’s a very eloquent beginning.  But when that document was completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787, I was not included in that "We, the people."  I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake.  But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in "We, the people."

Today I am an inquisitor.  An hyperbole would not be fictional and would not overstate the solemness that I feel right now.  My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total.  And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution.

Barry Barnett

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