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Can’t blame her

Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Dianne Reidy. She’s the stenographer who delivered a religious rant in the U.S. House of Representatives after the passage of the bill to end the government shutdown.

She shouted into the House microphone: “He will not be mocked. He will not be mocked. 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. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

Before her eruption, Reidy was described as well-liked, friendly and upbeat.

What would cause her to snap?

After mulling it over, I began to empathize with her breakdown. During 16 days of crisis, she was surrounded by squabbling and stressed-out representatives, some of whom were especially hard-headed and uncompromising. In that atmosphere, who wouldn’t go a little nuts?

During the shutdown, did other citizens identify a bit with Reidy, too? Instead of standing in front of Congress and telling them off, some people out of frustration and annoyance might have yelled at their newspapers, TVs, radios and iPads. What they screamed might not be printable in polite society.

U.S. government funding will again expire Jan. 15. Let’s hope that Congress does not drag us through the same aggravating scenario once again.

Jim Bauman

Crystal Lake

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