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The House Stenographer’s Disconnect

In the aftermath of House stenographer Dianne Foster Reidy’s bizarre outburst as the vote for the budget deal was winding down, her husband is offering some rather disconnected rationalizations for that behavior. He seems to think it has something to do with political populism:

She continued to resist even as the shutdown made Congress look all the more woefully in need of divine guidance.

“This whole mess has just kind of sickened her to the whole process,” her husband says. “The alliances between people who aren’t really allies. The finger-pointing on the dais, [then] the arms around each other… Where are the people being served in this whole deal?”

He recalls, “She was just like, ‘Gosh, this is not what it’s about.’”…

“Obviously, it is not in the job description to get up and make statements,” the husband says, adding, “She wasn’t trying to disrupt or disrespect the House in any way. She was just being obedient to what God had placed in her heart.”

The husband figures the message also reflects what most Americans are feeling.

“I think she speaks for a majority who are really fed up with the whole process,” he says.

Yeah, that might make some sense if she’d said something that was actually related to the shutdown and our broken political system. But she didn’t. She babbled this nonsense:

“He [God] will not be mocked. The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. It would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God. Praise be to Jesus.”

Which has absolutely nothing to do with it. And I certainly don’t think that gibberish speaks for a majority of people.

Comments

  1. eric says

    She was just being obedient to what God had placed in her heart.

    Then why are you making excuses and trying to get her out of appropriate punishment?

    It seems to me that trying to downplay a message from God is about the least sincere defense you could ever muster.

  2. oranje says

    “She was just being obedient to what God had placed in her heart.”

    Is this some kind of get-out-of-jail-free card to them? I mean, fuck, they could say that about anything and claim with a straight face that goddidit. I hope they never laugh at witch doctors or voodoo or any other metaphysical nonsense that is really just the same thing.

    /need caffeine… brain fading…

  3. John Pieret says

    “She was just like, ‘Gosh, this is not what it’s about.’”…

    Because it is, obviously, all about the Masons … or the Illuminatti … or the Trilateral Commission … or Agenda 21 … or something.

    The husband figures the message also reflects what most Americans are feeling.

    At least the ones that find the buzzing of the black helicopters annoying.

  4. raven says

    She was just being obedient to what God had placed in her heart.

    Any suicide bomber or someone who hijacked a jet and flew it into a building could say the same thing.

    It explains nothing and excuses nothing.

  5. D. C. Sessions says

    Like she couldn’t have gotten the same results from sacrificing a goat.

    Better yet, with the goat you can have cabritos. Mmmmm..

  6. says

    @10:

    Maybe some nice, “Goatshead Soup”? I’m sure that she’d enjoy “Dancing with Mr. D.” or “Starfucker*”.

    * The original title, later changed to the insipid, “Star, star”.

  7. otrame says

    All she did was express her views in an inappropriate time and place. That is all she is guilty of.

    Seriously, guys, I think the lady had a little bit of a break, aided and abetted by toxic religion, and her husband is trying to defend her. Badly, yes, but still not anything to deserve contempt.

  8. Olav says

    I agree with Otrame. I feel that the appropriate reaction to this lady who had the breakdown and her husband must be one of compassion. I sincerely hope they will get some serious help.

  9. cuervodecuero says

    I have compassion for her. I suspect however, it’s more likely there will be claims of talking in tongues and that her husband is the one translating the angel speak and they will get some serious speaking engagements from the bible belt.

    Perhaps that way, they can pay for healthcare without resorting to the demonic ‘obamacare’. That god fella does work in mysterious ways.

  10. Sastra says

    Olav #14 wrote:

    I agree with Otrame. I feel that the appropriate reaction to this lady who had the breakdown and her husband must be one of compassion. I sincerely hope they will get some serious help.

    Did she have a mental breakdown or not?

    See, that’s the real question here. If “all she did was express her views in an inappropriate time and place” then it’s possible that this isn’t a situation which requires compassion for someone who needs help. This could just be your typical member of the Tea Party — or, okay, a typical far-right religious conspiracy advocate — actually following through on the “inspiration from the Holy Ghost” which is the norm among people like this. She didn’t have a mental breakdown, she isn’t suffering from clinical delusion or paranoia, she isn’t schizophrenic or unbalanced or in serious need of a psychologist or psychiatrist or medication.

    It’s possible that the toxic religion is the problem and the house stenographer is more or less normal and healthy –not just within her peer group but by any therapeutic measure which takes this background environment into account. Her husband isn’t desperately and pathetically defending her as best as he can. He’s actually damn proud of her — and she’s going to end up on some religious speaker circuit, the brave maverick who wasn’t afraid to speak Truth to power.

    Maybe. I don’t know. I’m afraid that I can’t tell.

    And I suspect you can’t either. Freemasons, illuminati, God’s judgment. She might just be a crank. In her church they ALL hear voices (or try to) — and the time and place might not be “inappropriate” if you’re sincerely convinced you’re moved by the Holy Spirit and God is angry with America and uses people to get his message out. A hefty proportion of Americans believe this.

    I suppose the most significant question might be: what do the majority of her peers think? My guess is that they would be better at noticing when someone is really “off” than we are.

  11. Rip Steakface says

    The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. It would not have been.

    Out of context, it makes more sense than every House Republican.

  12. Ichthyic says

    I sincerely hope they will get some serious help.

    there lies the rub. They, and many others that share their delusion, will not see that they NEED help.

    what’s more, the AMA and APA, in their chicken shit decisionmaking process, have let them off the hook as well.

    why should someone with a gangrenous arm seek assistance, if their peers and doctors all them that since gangrenous arms are common, there must be nothing wrong?

    this is why it IS worthy of contempt.

  13. Olav says

    Ichthyic, I gues I am old fashioned. I just do not believe in contempt.

    (except for politicians.)

  14. Nick Gotts says

    Olav@19,

    Why single out politicians? Either no-one deserves contempt, or anyone does if their actions justify it.

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