But the people need to be willing to step forward and defend it. When Pelosi announced Tuesday the commencement of impeachment proceedings, she quoted Benjamin Franklin’s famous line about the form of government the new nation would have: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Nevertheless, our democracy also faces a descent into dysfunction.

In a brief announcement Tuesday, Pelosi cited Trump’s betrayal of his oath of office, of national security, and of the integrity of our elections. Cities and technologies, through the lens of history, of present events, and of our hopes for the future, as it drives and is driven by the spirit of its people." The UN, the Organization of American States, UNASUR, several multilateral organizations have criticized the impeachment process in Brazil when we expect that the U.S. government will play a positive role in this case. But even then, it’s up to the people to keep our republic. So it’s official: The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is moving toward impeaching President Trump. Those who are driving to have Dilma Rousseff impeached? The executive is also a coequal branch of government. PERIES: So Maria let’s start with this impeachment vote that took place on Sunday.

Tell me about what she said and also about the kind of charges that her accusers and the people involved in the decision making process at the vote in the House of Delegates that we were talking about. The system of checks and balances among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches is central to our form of government and must be strengthened.”. Trump’s malfeasance has been abundantly clear since the day Trump took office, but with momentum building (half the House of Representatives now favors impeachment), the dam broke with this obvious shakedown attempt. It’s very important that people understand what is at stake right now because it’s not about only defending one person for a government or a particular party.

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Rousseff and her supporters argued that the opposition is staging a coup against her.

PERIES: Maria now you are working with a number of progressive social movements in Brazil. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete.