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Archives for February 1999

Meg Lees On Parliamentary Reform: The Baby And The Bathwater

The following speech on parliamentary reform was given by Senator Meg Lees, Leader of the Australian Democrats, to the Sydney Institute.

Senator Meg LeesThere are many Australians who believe that our electoral system needs to change.

I am one of them.

The fact is that there are problems with our democracy, and the eve of the Centenary of Federation is an appropriate time to address them. However, in doing so, we should acknowledge, upfront, that in comparison to many other nations, Australia enjoys a healthy, stable and robust democracy.

We can work to make it better, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. [Read more…]


Books On Foreign Policy

I can recommend the following books on Australian Foreign Policy.

I personally own both of them. The clickable link enables immediate purchase from Amazon Books. Many books are also available secondhand at a reduced price. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Daniel Patrick (‘Pat’) Moynihan was a Democratic senator from New York. He served from 1977 until 2001. He died in 2003.

Statement by Senator Daniel Moynihan (Democrat – New York)

Mr. Chief Justice, Senators, I speak to the matter of prudence. Charles L. Black, Jr. begins his masterful account Impeachment: A Handbook with a warning: ‘Everyone must shrink from this most drastic of measures. . . . [t]his awful step.’ [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Spencer Abraham

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Spencer Abraham was a Republican senator from Michigan. He served from 1995 until 2001.

Statement by Senator Spencer Abraham (Republican – Michigan)

In light of our time constraints, I would like to focus my remarks today primarily on the one issue–more than any other–that has arisen during our deliberations: namely, whether the President should be convicted if we find he committed the acts alleged in the Articles.

I believe this issue is not only central to the case at hand, it is also central to all future evaluations and applications of what we do here. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Barbara Mikulski

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Barbara Mikulski is a Democratic senator from Maryland. She assumed office in 1987 and is currently the longest-serving woman in the history of the US Congress.

Statement by Senator Barbara Mikulski (Democrat – Maryland)

Mr. Chief Justice, I will vote against the articles of impeachment accusing the President of the United States of perjury before a grand jury and obstruction of justice. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Mitch McConnell

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Mitch McConnell is a Republican senator from Kentucky. He assumed office in 1985. He became Senate Minority Leader in 2007 and Majority Leader in 2015.

Statement by Senator Mitch McConnell (Republican – Kentucky)

Mr. Chief Justice, as the senior Senator from Kentucky, it is my distinct privilege today to rise and speak at the desk formerly occupied by one of the greatest Senators in the history of our country and the greatest Senator from the commonwealth of Kentucky: Henry Clay. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Sam Brownback

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Sam Brownback was a Republican senator from Kansas. He served from 1996 until 2011, when he became Governor of Kansas.

Statement by Senator Sam Brownback (Republican – Kansas)

I find that William Jefferson Clinton did commit perjury and obstruct justice; that these offenses rise to the level of ‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors;’ that William Jefferson Clinton should be convicted under the Articles of Impeachment; and that he must be removed as President of the United States. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator John McCain

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator John McCain is a Republican senator from Arizona. He assumed office in 1987. In 2008, McCain was the Republican candidate in the presidential election, losing to Barack Obama.

Statement by Senator John McCain (Republican – Arizona)

Mr. Chief Justice, I intend to vote to convict the President of the United States on both articles of impeachment. To say I do so with regret will sound trite to some, but I mean it sincerely. I deeply regret that this day has come to pass. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator John Breaux

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator John Breaux was a Democratic senator from Louisiana. He served from 1987 until 2005.

Statement by Senator John Breaux (Democrat – Louisiana)

Mr. Chief Justice and my colleagues. Thank you very much, Mr. Chief Justice, as so many people have said before, for serving with your patience and your fairness. If you care to extend your time with us, I would invite you to help preside over my Medicare commission–if you would like to help out in that regard. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Connie Mack

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Connie Mack was a Republican senator from Florida. He served from 1989 until 2001.

Statement by Senator Connie Mack (Republican – Florida)

Mr. Chief Justice, today the Senate finds itself at an unlikely crossroads in American history. We have assembled as a court of impeachment to sit in judgement of our President, William Jefferson Clinton, on the charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. We have worked our will in this matter according to a process rooted in English common law, written by our Founders into the Constitution, and exercised against the Chief Executive only once before in American history. [Read more…]