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I’d like to highlight a piece of Barbara Jordan’s 25 July 1974 Statement on the Articles of Impeachment, for Nancy Pelosi:

Common sense would be revolted if we engaged upon this process for petty reasons. Congress has a lot to do: Appropriations, Tax Reform, Health Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, Housing, Environmental Protection, Energy Sufficiency, Mass Transportation. Pettiness cannot be allowed to stand in the face of such overwhelming problems. So today we are not being petty. We are trying to be big, because the task we have before us is a big one.

They made the time, because it was important, not because it was convenient.  Not acting because it isn’t convenient is petty.