An odd thing happened on Capitol Hill Wednesday night. No, it’s not that Congress actually passed, and President Obama actually signed, a bill to increase the debt ceiling and reopen the government. It’s that a House of Representatives stenographer seized the microphone to briefly rant about government and God before being forcibly escorted from the House floor.
During the diatribe, the stenographer shouted that “the House is divided.” According to the linked article, she also said “He will not be mocked,” and added: “The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been, it would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons.” The stenographer and her husband, who were interviewed, said she had had trouble sleeping during the last two weeks and felt moved by “the Holy Spirit” to make her statement. Now that she has done so, she feels a tremendous sense of relief.
What does it tell you when even a House of Representatives stenographer, trained to sit there day after legislative day, taking down the political statements of Republicans and Democrats alike, finally can’t take it any more? Or, if the Holy Spirit really was involved, that even the Holy Spirit can’t endure any more mindless blathering without engaging in a verbal outburst about Freemasons?
If I were in the Senate, I think I’d check in with the Senate stenographers, who probably are also teetering on the brink. And President Obama’s staff might do well to touch base with the White House photographer, too. Apparently we’re asking them all to endure the unendurable.