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January 15, 1999
The Senate Shut-Ins
And, You Think You've Got It Bad.
Imagine that you have been sentenced to this jury duty. It was
not a "by chance" appointment,
either. You ran for this job with all your heart. You spoke at
every opportunity, large and small.
You rasied enormous sums of money. You suffered unbearable schedules.
You gave up everything.
All to be a United States Senator. And, now, perhaps before the
most important vote of all,
the only Impeachment of an elected President in the history of
our country, you are forced,
ordered actually, to sit mute, be still, can't leave for hour
after hour of testimony that you've already
heard, studied, studied again, and made your decision about. Imagine
that. Your docket is full
of pressing matters, political and governmental. There are people
waiting around every
calendar segment to see you and they have been scheduled way ahead
of time. Some of them
have traveled thousands of miles. And there you sit. Shifting
this way, shifting that way.
Off camera. Out of touch (no cell phones). Just sitting there
while the world passes you by.
You look at the Senator next to you. He looks at you. You both
look back up at the podium.
Then you look down at your feet. Up at the ceiling. Then you look
at each other again.
It's only 10:30 A.M. on the second day of a two- or three-week,
The sparse crowds waiting in line.
Later, there was no line.
Just walk in, but some could not walk out.
There was a protest outside of the Senate yesterday, pictured
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals burned bales of hay.
Inside, they smelled something.
And, Legendinc.com's cameras did
find one shot of the Senators off line.
Since they are out of the public the dress codes have been relaxed.