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Ask Dr. Jeanette, Success On “The Way”: “The Helmsman: The Tongue: Impeachment”
By Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D.
Published August 9, 2018

Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D.

The Helmsman: one who steers the ship, the steersman; leads an organization, sits at the the top the helm. A word which can be used in different scenarios. The helm of the ship: a lever or wheel controlling the rudder of a ship for steering; In 2003, the rudder of the USS Connecticut was chewed by a polar bear while it surfaced. How many times have we been caught saying the wrong things, using our tongues with no thought to the outcome and effect it takes on others. The tongue is not controllable; it is controlling. Great damage can be caused by tongue misuse: cussing, yelling! The damage could be career, personal family member or friend, etc. It has no limits. Wars can be started with tongue misuse. We have certainly heard a barrage of name calling, strong words, untruths, you name it. Here lately, we have newscasters using many, many words. Word usage has become like a non stop flow of water. What do you make of it? By Night and by day. Blah, blah, blah. Words can cause impeachment, which means that the person is being charged with a crime serious enough to have them removed from office. So being impeached does not mean the person has been removed, rather they went through with the trial to get removed. To date, only two presidents have been through this process, Andrew Johnson impeached Mar. 13, 1868 and Bill Clinton, Dec. 19, 1998 [quote from David Mullich & David Perrone] Andrew Johnson was charged with 11 charges for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Most charges had to do with him obstructing Congressional reconstruction acts, engaging in libelous “inflammatory and scandalous harangues” against certain members in Congress as “traitors,” and firing then Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. At the firing of Stanton Congress calls for impeachment. He was acquitted of all charges after 11 weeks. President Johnson was acquitted by the Senate, falling one vote short of the necessary ⅔ needed to remove him from office, voting 35-19 to remove him. See []. Bill Clinton had 2 charges, 1 count of perjury to a grand jury, and 1 count of obstruction of justice. The perjury charge came from him lying under oath about have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. And the obstruction of justice in the Paula Jones case. by a 228–206 vote, and obstruction of justice by a 221–212 vote. Both charges failed to get 67 votes needed for a 2/3rds majority, and Clinton was aquitted of all charges after five weeks. See Richard Nixon would’ve been the third president but he resigned. Most likely many would agree that he probably would’ve been the first president to have been removed from office. This teaches us the importance of “watch your mouth!’

Jeanette Grattan Parker:Superintendent of Today’s Fresh Start Charter School 4514 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA 90043 323-293-9826“[email protected] “Inquiring Minds Want To Know” “Will You Marry Me?” ©

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