“I’m not going to lose my son at the end of 2020 and my republic in 2021.” These where the words spoken by Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin on a recent, emotional interview with Jake Tapper on CNN.

On the last day of 2020, Congressman Raskin and his wife Sarah announced the death of their son Tommy at the age of 25 to suicide. Tommy lost his battle with depression.

Most people would have walked away from responsibility and would have taken time to heal. I’m sure in time Jamie and Sarah will do that. But our congressman had a responsibility to continue to work during this trying time in our American history. Raskin was present during the insurrection to take over the government during the Electoral College vote. He also had to worry about his daughter and son-in-law who where also in harm's way during this crisis.

Congressman Raskin continued with his constitutional duty and challenged those who continued to call the election invalid. The job was complete at 3:42 a.m. on Jan. 7 — making Joe Biden the President-Elect of the United States.

Congressman Raskin could have then taken the time he needed to morn his loss. Instead, after talk of yet another impeachment started, he was back to work assisting in the writing of the Articles of Impeachment. After President Trump was impeached for a second time, the responsibility of prosecuting the President fell on Congressman Raskin who is the lead attorney in the Senate trial.

At this point, we do not know the outcome of this trial but we do know that the last month has made Congressman Jamie Raskin a noble candidate for consideration for the John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award for 2021. Please join me in nominating our congressman at jfklibrary.org.

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olefool

Does anybody in these comments think it odd that none of the Trump cultists here are talking about the death, destruction and desecration that occurred in our Capitol Building on January 6th but are all crowing about their perceived "win" in the Senate vote for acquittal? What we saw here is not a "win" but jury nullification, the acquitting of a defendant by a jury in disregard of the jury's findings of fact. Precisely like the O.J. Simpson trial where the Jury consisted of biased or otherwise tainted jurors, so were the Senate jurors. So, there was no win for Trump is any of this, The final outcome is that, despite all his proclamations of fraud and irregularity, he lost the election and was required to vacate the White House and relinquish his power.. That's called losing, period.

gary4books

Ole - OK!

mrnatural1

Jury nullification is exactly right olefool.

jsklinelga

During the Senate vote for the first Gulf War I had the good fortune to watch from the gallery. But it was pure political theater. The outcome was predetermined but the votes were arranged to give the most political coverage against hometown fallout.

Not much has changed. It is preposterous to think that anyone could equate this proceeding to a trial representative of our normal standards of jurisprudence. Even the chief judge had already voiced his personal opinion and prejudice. The so called great ,silver tounged, lawyer would have been booted out of a courtroom for multiple reasons and possibly faced disbarment for manufacturing false evidence. As a prosecutor he would have not even made it to trial because he had not one piece of incriminating evidence that President Trump intentionally incited a riot

This was a political hit job and charade with hugely detrimental long term effects I just pray that the words of President Trump's lawyer are heeded and a reciprocal action by the Republicans does not manifest when they regain the majority. No matter how great the temptation. Unfortunately the folks that said this would not go away are correct By some unfathomable loss of all perspective the Democrats do not see themselves as largely to blame for much of the present turmoil.

jsklinelga

And as a follow up. it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that the person who produces the first line of t-shirts and bumper stickers the says " Fight like he.." will make a fortune.

public-redux

Heck, there wasn’t even a riot.

Hayduke2

Keep telling yourself that jsk if it helps rationalize your support of an amoral president.

phydeaux994

From Bleeding Heart Liberal Democrat to Far Right Wing Racist Trump Conservative Hater Republican in one year. You are definitely Cult Follower material jsk. What’s next? When you publish your autobiography please let me know jsk, it should be a dilly. Do you realize jsk, that Impeachment is not a Trial, criminal or civil. The House has sole discretion on the rules, the President has no Rights to due process or anything else guaranteed by the Constitution. The Senate Trial is where he would have an Attorney and may call his own witnesses. Trump declined to testify or call witnesses in either Senate Trial.

pdl603

The only racist, bigoted haters in here are democrats. That is not opinion, but fact based on the history of the USA. President Trump was on his way to bringing all boats up on the high tide, but the democrats couldn’t have that.

phydeaux994

H.W. Bush...Failure Bill Clinton...Success. “W”...Failure Barack Obama...Success Donald Trump...Disaster Joe Biden...based on History, Success

timberman

Raskin is an embarrassment to the State of Maryland we should all be Ashamed

Awteam2021

What channel are you watching? He’s a statesman. Many feel a hero. Accolades for his management of the process are coming from across the country, and the world.

He proved the facts of the case. If he’s your congressman you should be very proud. He collected the largest # of votes to impeach a president in history (granted 2 of the 4 past impeachment’s were against Trump). No one is questioning Trump’s guilt. Now, Mitch McConnell cowardly says Trump should be held responsible in criminal and civil courts. McConnell claims the senate didn’t have jurisdiction because Trump wasn’t still in office, that’s why he acquitted. - But criminal court should be pursued... Stay tuned.

Blueline

A statesman??? Raskin is a typical useless politician. Since 2017, taxpayers have paid this idiot over $800K in salary, & have nothing to show for it. I wonder what his next project will be.

public-redux

Because congresscritters are paid less than 175k/yr, I doubt his cumulative salary has been more than $800k.

bosco

I think he's a retired postal worker living large off his 401k.

Awteam2021

Like you Bosco, he shouldn’t accept the offers and pressure to change to a new and "better" retirement package and stick with what he signed up for.

bosco

Knew you'd bite on that one, awt. I keep waiting for you to circle back to how you extrapolated that I was a postal worker - which I was not, or how I wanted to give a Black woman a typing test. Are you getting dizzy from all that circling back?

Have you had the same cognitive test that Quid Pro Joe gets daily?

Awteam2021

I hope my comments didn’t keep you up all night. If not are you saying, the first thing this morning, you wanted to draw a response from me? Or where you anxious to be the first to wish me a Happy Valentine’s Day? If so, Happy Valentine’s Day, back at you.

public-redux

Postal workers are unlikely to have a 401k.

threecents

How so?

Hayduke2

Proud of his rational, strong and well documented approach to the impeachment. Too bad 43 cowards didn't have the courage to stand up to a bully.

freded

I unwillingly reside in District 8. I was gerrymandered and disenfranchised from Representative Roscoe Bartlett and District 6.. I am not represented by Takoma Park resident Jamie Raskin. Raskin has been trying to impeach President Trump since January of 2017, so this current effort is nothing new. He has been actively trying to overturn the election of 2016 for the last four years. He deserves no award. On second thought since "Profiles in Courage" was a fraud, maybe Raskin does deserve it. "Profiles in Courage" was not written by John F. Kennedy, but speechwriter Ted Sorensen. Father Joe Kennedy then arranged for the book to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Representative Raskin should have taken the time to mourn his loss, but Captain Ahab could not ignore his Moby Dick.

"At this point, we do not know the outcome of this trial" ? Really ? Trump is going to be acquitted because there is no way the needed 67 votes to convict. That is a foregone conclusion like it was in 2020.

This farce will end today with an acquittal, will be quickly forgotten by our Short Attention Span news cycle, and be consigned to the dustbin of history.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@freded

So in your eyes Trump has done nothing wrong in his four years as President to be impeached for? And do you think Biden is the legitimate President ?

freded

Nothing impeachable. And not just in my eyes.

It can’t be proven that election results were fraudulent. Biden is the President. The voting systems in the 50 states and DC need to be improved to have integrity so the results can be trusted.

I think our impeachment expert Raskin should file articles against Biden - the emolument clause would be good for starters.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@freded

Evidence for impeachment against Biden? The emolument clause? How do you see that?

Hayduke2

fred - delusional....

freded

The enrichment of his family - Hunter and Joe’s brother for instance.

This has got at least as much substance as “Russian collusion”.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@freded

Children/family enriching themselves? So you didn’t think Trump’s children/Trump and or family enriched themselves from Trump’s presidency? Not at all ever but you can clearly see it with Biden?

Have you written an email to Mr. Raskin with your concerns about Biden?

freded

Raskin presented an article of impeachment against Trump three days after his inauguration concerning the emolument clause. It only seems fair and not hypocritical to do the same with Biden. Why do I need to tell this to Raskin? It couldn’t because he is a partisan hack that this wouldn’t occur to him on his own? No, it couldn’t be that.

Awteam2021

I read the book in high school after visiting his grave at Arlington Cemetery in the late with other students. We were all moved and wanted to read his book.

I didn't know then that it was ghost-written for him by one of his speech writers, but I was aware that the book was written to encourage bravery. It was my first introduction into intellectual political battles. Prior to reading Profiles all my experience with political history was names, labels, dates and slogans.

Regardless, I think it helped me not simply go along with the crowd.

“A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality.”

― John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

When it comes to Trump, this is not going away, and in a few weeks thrown into a dustbin. Nor for the suffering Family’s caused by him.

pdl603

Freded[thumbup][thumbup]

Piedmontgardener

Raskin and I are miles apart on certain policy matters and I never was a fan of his. His preparation and work in this trial, especially given his family's horrible loss is one of the most courageous and outstanding things I have ever seen. He's a great American patriot.

Hayduke2

Agree Piedmont - while I don't often agree with his policies or stance, I do admire his work on the impeachment. Coherent, compelling and well put together.

Hayduke2

Rational people will note that they wore MAGA hats, carried Trump flags, yelled Trump slogans, went to the Jan 6 gathering at Trump and friends bidding, wore Trump t-shirts, verbalized "Trump wants us to do this", attend past Trump rallies, and villified the VP and others just like Trump wanted. Those Trump supporters and Congressional lackies say " I wonder who incited this riot?" Pitiful and laughable if not for the dire warning about the health of our nation. Cowards and faux patriots.

bosco

I think he showed great courage not to fold up his tent and leave after the 10 minute video of the Dems hypocrisy, and the photos showing how he had doctored the tweets that he had introduced into "evidence".

After that, the best the house managers could do was send out the rep from the US Virgin Islands to play the race card because of the Blacks included in the video.

Soviet style kangaroo court for all to see.

Awteam2021

Bosco you’re confused again. Isn’t Joe Neguse from Colorado’s 2nd District, Black? He’s one of the house managers. And what does her color have to do with the evidence she presented? Why do you always point out one’s race? Stacey Plaskett Is too young for her to be the black women you wanted to give a typing test to, back in the good old days when you worked at the USPS, a state funded socialist business. Why is it important to you to focus on the house managers ethnicities? They are all Americans. Or just when they’re Black.

bosco

Reread what I said, awt. One of the house managers, who is Black, played the race card. She didn't like it that Blacks were included in the the defense video. They played the race card and it's laughable but sad. It was all that the party of identity politics could come up with to rebut all of their own calling to fight, fight, fight.

Would you have them ignored because they are Black? This time equity came around to bite them on the hiney.

phydeaux994

What she complained about bosco was that so many of those pictured chanting Fight Fight Fight were Black Women and she resented the image of them the videos portrayed. It’s America bosco, remember the 1st Amendment. Why did that bother you to the point you had to comment about it? Hmmm, I wonder?? Peace bosco, Peace.✌️😷

bosco

Hey Fido, why does whatever I said bother you so much that you had to comment? She played the race card just like all good liberals do when they've got nothing else. Can you refute the words depicted? End of story. Go away.

gjthuro

well said and thats about all the lefties have is the race card..its their favorite tune

bosco

Yeah, cjthuro, and it's been so over-used it's become a watered down joke.

bosco

Awt, one more thing, remind me where I have ever said that I worked for the USPS. Actual quote, please. Not your conjecture or what you thought. Put up, or shut up and get off it.

Awteam2021

You’re going postal.

bosco

Tell me, awt, how in the world you arrived at your assertions that I ever worked for the postal service and that it was a Black woman that I wanted to give a typing test to from my original post? Cut and pasted below for your convenience

"bosco Feb 6, 2021 9:14am

The government stopped the civil service exams around 1973 because certain communities were unable to pass the exam. It was just a few years later that I was told by HR that I could not give a typing test to secretary candidates"

Pray tell.

Awteam2021

“ The government stopped the civil service exams around 1973 because CERTAIN COMMUNITIES were unable to pass the exam.” STOPPING YOU from giving a test for a secretarial position. Who was the “certain communities”? Who was the questionably qualified applicant?

But you convinced me, you weren’t in senior management. The old the exam was eventually thrown out after legal challenges found that it discriminated against minority groups. A new test was implemented. And in 1973 The Rehabilitation Act was put in play to prohibited the postal service from inquiring into an applicant’s medical suitability until a bona fide job offer was made.

bosco

awt, you still haven't answered how you concluded that I worked at the postal service. And the two statements, civil service exam and typing test were not connected other than one following the other. I was not prevented from giving a typing test to any one particular applicant, but all applicants. That's how ridiculous hiring practices had become. In fact, at one point HR was trying to make me hire a person for a fire protection engineer position whose only qualification on his 171 was he was a "fire control officer" in the Navy and thus had veterans preference.

HR had no clue what a fire protection officer did, but put fire and fire together. And yet I was supposed to run an organization with secretaries who may not be able to type and with no-qualifications fire protection engineer

BTW, I studied for and passed the civil service exam. I got my foot in the door without complexion being a factor.

threecents

Full blown USPS.

Awteam2021

Are you not the Bosco that is a retired postal worker that was given the option to switch over from a federal retirement plan to a 401(k)? Now you are living large. If not, someone is using your FNP comment stream.

bosco

"Are you not the Bosco that is a retired postal worker that was given the option to switch over from a federal retirement plan to a 401(k)? Now you are living large. If not, someone is using your FNP comment stream.

awt, NO! That is definitely not me. Please share your information here, quotes etc. That is most definitely not me.

phydeaux994

Of course your complexion was a factor bosco. “White” is a huge factor in almost everything. Education, housing, employment, Country Clubs, transportation (taxis), loans, on and on. It’s built in opportunity you enjoy, I enjoy, all of us who enjoy the luck of the draw. ✌️😷

Awteam2021

My bad Bosco, 🤦‍♂️. You did stick with the old retirement plan... A 401 would have been a better choice. Compare where the market is now to when you retired. But it’s better stay with the devil you know than the devil you don't.

bosco

Still no answer on the postal worker assertion, awt?

phydeaux994

You were a mailman bosco? A Government worker? For the American Government? A Nobel Profession.

bosco

I was a postal worker only in awt's mind, Fido. I made a remark about the civil service exam and that, in awt's mind, morphed into I was a postal worker and have retired with a big 401k.

Conjecture and projecting.

MD1756

Both political sides are hypocritical. I have respect for very few politicians (of any party). However, I don't believe your argument does not hold much merit. If one murderer got away with murder because someone botched the case should we let all future murderers go unpunished? Where was the president as soon as the capital was stormed? He should have immediately called an end to it. As commander in chief of our military in charge of the defense of this country, he failed miserably pure and simple. By being convicted it would ensure he is never allowed to fail to defend this country again.

threecents

Raskin could read the weather report, and Bosco would tie it in to the "Dems hypocrisy".

phydeaux994

And “he played the Race card”. bosco is sure commenting a lot about “race” lately, what’s on his mind??

bosco

"phydeaux994 Feb 2, 2021 12:52pm

It’s all about Race nyf, this whole freakin’ mess is about Race, it always has been. Only Racists deny that it is about Race. And Pickles and me and millions of others aren’t going to SHUT UP about it. If you really want to fix this Country, end the RACISM"

KMA, Fido.

threecents

What? There has never been racism in this country, much less openly white nationalists and fascists, like the Proud Boys. Good thing that Trump condemned them from the start.

phydeaux994

This is no time for words of ROMANCE bosco. Peace bosco, Peace.

Greg F

Sleet...to Bosco it’s got to be a socialist compromise between snow and freezing rain...and have something to do with Democrats and pizza place Child predators and Hillary’s email.

Hayduke2

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their button pushing or delusional comments...

matts853

I am very impressed with Mr. Raskin. He is a far superior lawyer to anyone that Trump has ever had on his teams in either impeachment. His ability to deliver and debate facts and actual law in the face of Trump’s ignorant, indignant, and dishonest counsel is simply brilliant. He’s a person of high class and character, and he’s a patriot. Godspeed, Mr. Raskin, in all of your personal and professional challenges.

MRS M

Well said Matt, couldn't agree more. This is what you get when you have a senator and constitutional scholar, vs. 3 ambulance chasers who know they're never gonna a see a dime for their 2 weeks of legal "work" in defense of a corrupt and morally bankrupt, pathological loser.

Hayduke2

Matt-[thumbup][thumbup]

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Awteam2021

Pdl, Your comment makes the point.

Biker1

Jamie Raskin is a truly great American patriot, willing to speak truth to power. And doing so clearly and bluntly. Sadly far too many of the opposition party are scared little children afraid to speak out against the Trump, scarred he will "primary" them and they will lose their seat at the table. They know he told the mob to attack the Capitol but are unwilling to vote to convict. Some of them are complicit in the attack and knew of it. The truly crazy part is that these Repubs therefore were part of it and now have the vote to vote themselves innocent. The criminals are on the jury!

pdl603

Yeah, tell it like it is. Raskin didn’t want to miss his time in the spotlight promoting altered evidence to try to impeach the most effective president in modern times.

MD1756

Do you think it was ok for the President to not immediately address his insurrectionist supporters (even if his claim that he did not incite them were true) and tell them to cease and desist and evacuate the capitol? As commander-in-chief, he failed in defending our government from attack. He should never be allowed to be president again and a conviction would guarantee that he would not.

threecents

Yah, since the Trump lawyers have no case, their Plan B is to say the evidence was doctored. Never mind that everyone with eyes and ears knows what happened. How do I know the mob was incited by Trump? The short answer is they said they were.

public-redux

Better nominees would be Republican senators who vote to convict Trump.

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public-redux

Your mother must be so proud of you.

Hayduke2

Wait, News Post removed my sarcastic comment about pdl's fifth grade style comments but let this stand. Did pdl play the victim card? [lol][lol]

public-redux

Don't report it on my account. I think it should remain on display. It reveals so much about pdl.

Hayduke2

Public- exactly!

threecents

I reported name calling posts from pdl and from people attacking pdl. I am annoyed with all the name-calling and with the FNP for letting it happen. ...Stupid morons. Oops.

public-redux

Three, You should do what you think best. Don’t know if you saw my response to you about Aristotle’s LTE but I think you might enjoy it.

gary4books

It does take courage to stand against a mob that wants to kill. And those who have sent them to do mayhem. Then a bit of awareness to sort out the players is needed. I trust all our readers to do that.

jsklinelga

gary4books

Yes it does take courage to stand against the mob that wants to kill. This "very anti-MLK type" assault on the Capital took many by surprise. It was not expected. That was not the history of the large, energetic Trump rallies that have occurred by the hundreds over the past 5 years.

But to your point. How many thousands of public servants, Police officers, have faced the angry mob in the last 5 to 6 years. Scores upon scores of riots that created harm and destruction. And these brave officers showing unbelievable courage, day in and day out. never wavered

phydeaux994

“It was not expected”. 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

gary4books

So long as we can sort out riots from peaceful demonstrations, we can agree on this point. Keeping it peaceful is a valuable service and difficult work at best.

jsklinelga

Mr. Lashley,

Losing a son is surely a dreadful event. I cannot imagine the heartbreak I pray I never do. But the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award?

I remember reading about the heroic acts of John Kennedy in WW2. He was a true American hero that inspired a nation as President. For those of us that lived at the time his assassination was the most shocking historic event of a lifetime. No political leader since has captured the hearts of our entire nation.

I am sorry for Mr. Raskin's loss but to even mention him in conjunction with John F. Kennedy is grossly wrong. Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage deals with the acts of courage of influential politicians who withstood the lure of political opportunism. at great personal cost, and effected great positive change. Men like Adams, Webster or Houston

Unfortunately Mr. Raskin is just the opposite. He was a leader of, possibly, the most damaging and detrimental, politically convenient opportunism. we have seen.in our lifetime. Yes he may have an asterisk or footnote in history but it may be to note the stark differences between our modern morally bankrupt political opportunist and the men of resounding courage that Made America great.

MRS M

jsk.....The glaring and stupefying absence of true courage, heroism, or sacrifice for one's country, is best shown by the Republican Senate of the United States, sadly on display for the world to see. Imagine, if your political ties allow you, United States Senators so unbelievably cowardly that the very notion of SPEAKING OUT! against a deadly insurrection, meant to disturb the peaceful transition of power on Jan. 6th, incited by their former president, is something they cannot muster the minimal courage to admit or address. Men and women of the former Party of "law and order", showing the world only rank subservience to an aberrant leader, and unable to speak the simple words that show they can tell the difference between "right" and "wrong" Yes, your words apply to this confederacy of dunces..... Republican Senators who will surely be history's best, ugliest and most haunting evidence of "our modern morally bankrupt political opportunists".

What a terrible and tragic shame that you, and other's like you, are incapable of discerning the difference. This explains alot.... a perverted and confused understanding of what represents true courage. It's no wonder America is a sick and divided nation, embarrassed before the world. But then, we have Trump's Medal of Freedom winners Rush Limbaugh, Jim Jordan, and Devin Nunes. Talk about a perversion of true American values.

Awteam2021

JSK, Profiles in Courage is a 1956 book of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight US congressman. As you say correctly, it wasn’t a book about John F Kennedy but a book written by Kennedy, in which he won the Pulitzer Prize for the work. The book profiles statesman who defied popular opinions to do what they felt was right and suffered severe criticism and losses in popularity because of their actions. I agree, I wouldn’t consider Jamie Raskin meeting that profile, he’s far too popular and will only grow in popularity. But I would nominate Liz Cheney who’s under assault by the Trump wing of her party and recently censored by her state party. She will be under constant attack over the next two years for doing the right thing.

gary4books

AW = Good point. Thanks!

jsklinelga

aw

That is one of the best comments I have seen in this section. Liz Cheney has taken a courageous stand. Against the tide. You would think Wyoming would be a place where courage and conviction would be held in high esteem. It is most likely. But Ms. Cheney is a quintessential establishment politician. Her father was a "quick rise" politician whose political career ended being a Vice President that had the lowest approval rating of any politician leaving office. Wyoming, like much of middle America, obviously, has a distaste for the establishment within both parties. Chances are Wyoming folk will appreciate her courage but strongly disagree with how THEY are being represented.

Awteam2021

“Her father was a "quick rise" politician?” I wouldn’t consider Dick Cheney a quick rise politician. His public service spans over 40 years. What would be a “slow rise politician?” Quick rise politician might be more applicable to Trump, along with “fast fall”.

When it comes to Liz her “profile of courage” comes from her standing up for right over cult rule (political expedience). You being a self righteous religious person would think standing up for personal principles outweighs popularity. Even though you might be crucified.

public-redux

Awteam, As I'm sure you know, being a Christian in America requires no courage at all.

Dwasserba

Yes! Liz Cheney![thumbup]

mrnatural1

Good point AW. I just read the qualifications for the Profiles in Courage award, and while I have great respect for Jamie Raskin, and think he's done a tremendous job under extraordinarily difficult personal circumstances, his actions do not fit the description.

Liz Cheney would be an excellent nominee.

sevenstones1000

Opportunism? You are projecting again. The Opportunists are the Trump QOP.

olefool

JSK: You said "No political leader since has captured the hearts of our entire nation"... Except for Barrack Obama... Oh wait... he's a black man so, in your world, he's not considered qualified to be among America's greatest presidents.

MD1756

All I can say is "Bay of Pigs."

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