Following the surprise vote calling for witness testimony this morning, House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team agreed to push forward with the conclusion of the impeachment trial.
The Senate voted to acquit Trump of inciting the deadly Capitol riot, with seven (7) Republicans joining all 50 Democrats to find him guilty, falling short of a two-thirds majority needed to convict.
Following the acquittal, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted to acquit Trump, explained why he voted as he did while also not counting out the possibility of Trump being tried in civil or criminal courts.
According to CNN’s Adrienne Vogt, McConnell “…went on to state that if former President Trump was still in office, ‘I would have carefully considered whether the House managers proved their specific charge.’
Regarding the possibility of Trump’s involvement in the deadly insurrection, McConnell added, ‘President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office as an ordinary citizen unless the statute of limitations is run, still liable for everything he did while in office. Didn’t get away with anything yet. Yet. We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being accountable by either one.’
McConnell said the Senate’s decision to acquit Trump does not condone the violence on January 6.
‘It simply shows that senators did what the former President failed to do. We put our constitutional duty first.”
Regardless of the outcome, the impeachment managers did an amazing job of presenting well-documented facts and evidence to the “jurors” who had already made up their minds and conspired with the defendant’s defense team, whose defense failed because what Trump did was indefensible.
JOIN Barb and John as they discuss The Impeachment “Trial”
“Am I black and then woman or Am I woman and then black?” asks Dr. Janice S. Ellis in her provocative book, From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream.
“I have lived the chicken–egg conundrum. Which comes first? Am I black and then woman? Am I woman and then black? I have walked into many rooms, in many situations, filled with white people and wondered what they saw first.”
Janice will share her own personal pilgrimage of growing up African-American and female during the tumultuous 60s and 70s. She’ll also discuss the enduring scourge of racism and sexism in America while simultaneously offering an equally compelling and powerful tale of hope.
What better time than now to examine how these two seminal and defining events played out in the life of an ordinary African-American woman who believed in all of America’s promises? What better moment than today to look deeply at the life of a woman who prepared herself and worked tirelessly to achieve her goals only to realize that many still lay beyond her reach and that of most women and most blacks?
From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream is a true, powerful, and compelling story about the enduring scourge of racism and sexism in America. It is a personal account of how that bane of evil plays out in the lives of blacks and women despite the great promise of the American Dream being available to and achievable by everyone. It shows how, more often than not, access to the playing field and the rules of the game are not equally and fairly applied among men and women, blacks and whites, even when they come prepared with equal or better qualifications and value sets to play the game.
From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream is written for Americans from all walks of life who care deeply about how our great nation can become even greater if we boldly and courageously face our internal, crippling, and unnecessary fear–the fear that we stand to lose rather than gain by embracing and extending mutual respect and supporting equal rights and equal opportunity for our fellow citizens regardless of their race or gender.
From Liberty to Magnolia is a beacon for all who are concerned about America’s future and who want America’s children of all colors to realize their full potential. It will inform the racists and non-racists, the sexists and non-sexists. It will inspire and empower men and women who are in positions to make a difference to have the will to do so–parents, teachers, policy makers, social and human rights activists, journalists, business leaders, faith leaders, and many others. Caring Americans, working together, can break the chains of racism and sexism that keep America bound.
Janice Ellis, Ph.D, has been an executive throughout her career, first in government, then in a large pharmaceutical company, later as President and CEO of her own marketing firm, and finally as President and CEO of a bi-state non-profit child advocacy agency. Along with those positions, she has been writing columns for four decades on race, politics, education, and other social issues which have appeared in a major metropolitan daily newspaper, The Kansas City Star; a major metropolitan business journal, The Milwaukee Business Journal; and for community newspapers The Milwaukee Courier, The Kansas City Globe, and The Kansas City Call. She began her career writing and delivering radio commentary for two years for one of the largest ABC radio affiliates in Wisconsin. Later in her career she wrote and delivered a two-minute spot on the two largest Arbitron-rated radio stations in the Greater Kansas City area. She has also written for several national trade publications, focusing on healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Ellis published an online magazine, USAonRace.com, for seven years dedicated to increasing understanding across race and ethnicity, in which she analyzed race and equality issues in America. The website continues to attract thousands of visitors per year. The site also has a vibrant Facebook page with fans numbering in the thousands. Five years ago, Dr. Ellis launched a companion site, RaceReport.com, which aggregates news about race relations, racism, and discrimination from across the United States and around the world daily.
Dr. Ellis is a native daughter of Mississippi. She grew up and came of age during the height of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. Born and reared on a small cotton farm, she was influenced by two converging forces that would set the course of her life. The first was the fear and terror felt by blacks because of their seeking to exercise the right to vote along with other rights and privileges afforded to whites. The second was her love of books, the power of words, and her exposure to renowned columnists, Eric Sevareid and Walter Lippmann, whose work solidified her belief that the wise use of words is what advances the good society.
For more information, visit https://janicesellis.com.
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