An absurdity: Congressional madness on stage


Have you ever felt that you could not take one more day of this madness?  Is there so much stress that you are ready to crack and run around screaming about the insanity of it all?  You are not alone.

House stenographer sent for mental exam after floor rant

House stenographer Dianne Reidy stunned congressional members late Wednesday evening at the tail end of the government shutdown vote when she wound her way to the podium, ranting about God, Free Masons and the inability of the nation to serve two masters. “The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been, it would not have been. No. It would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise forever.” Cheryl Chumley, Washington Times, 10-17-13

Cracking under the strain of the latest congressional debate, last night Ms Reidy ranted about government and god.  At least indirectly, she was expressing the frustration the majority of people in the country feel over mess in Washington.  Diane slipped into madness and was carted off to the shrinks.  “She was such a nice woman, always very friendly and helpful.  I can’t image what went wrong,” a congressman said.   Really?  Well I can, the people we have chosen to represent and govern us have gone wrong.  The last two weeks have been interesting, that is if you think polarized political rhetoric and ranting are interesting.   The Democrats and Republicans have spent the time blaming each other for their mutual failure to reach a compromise and pass a bill to raise the debt ceiling.   Those were dark and scary days, the government had shut down, default and economic meltdown seemed only hours away.  But never fear, at the eleventh hour they did pass a bill.  Does than mean it was all a show, a staged drama from the theater of the absurd?

The debate had focused not on debt-ceilings but on health care.  A large segment of the Republican party sought to undue the health care system currently being termed “Obama Care.”   They failed to do that, but the Democrats also failed to undue the sequester legislation – the legislation that says either Congress reduce federal spending and debt or a series of automatic spending cuts will be triggered.   So, if health care and sequester both survived, what did happen?  I have no idea, so I turned to the ubiquitous voice of the media to inform me.  Unfortunately for me, the story becomes more complicated, not less, when explained by the pundits.

From the left: NPR is all aglow with victory; the Democratic party won and the defeated Republican party is in disarray and will probably suffer greatly at the next election.   From the right: Rush Limbaugh had other thoughts.  Rush did not see a defeat, at all.  Rush thinks the Republican party is stronger and more focused as a result of battle.   He says not only did the Republicans save the sequester, they continued and succeeded in the bigger fight.   This was just another phase of the broader strategy, “stop Obama.”  According to Mr. Limbaugh, with this and other like battles, the Republican party has managed to keep the Democrats and Obama off guard and fighting regard actions with no time left over for gun control, immigration reform and spending money on ne’er-do-wells.   From both the right and left: reading other sources I have learned, if it be indeed true, that both parties secured some well deserved pork.  Was pork imbedded in the legislation?  Did none of the major media outlets read the bill and report its details to us?  Is the media in the audience with us or is it on stage with actors?  Who is writing the script?

That is what I got out of the last two weeks, questions and more questions. Who is on stage, who is in the audience and who is mad?  Is Diane mad or has the system gone mad?  Mad or not it is absurd.  It brings to mind a line from an old Bob Dylan song; “There is something happening here and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Jones?”  No, I don’t know what is happening, it is absurd and maddening – I know the whole thing makes me mad!   In this madness, Diane Reidy is closer to being my representative than any of those wandering the halls of congress with a ballot mandate in their pocket.

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