D.C. Weirdness Update: Tirade Was The Fruit of the Holy Spirit, House Stenographer Says

Far be it for me to say whether House of Representatives’ stenographer Dianne Reidy is nuts, or if she’s actually the sanest person to occupy that chamber lately.

One thing I can say for sure is that her storming of the House podium last Wednesday night and delivering a loud vocal tirade about God, the Devil, America, Freemasons, the Constitution, and Jesus Christ, and immediately being dragged away (still ranting) by the House Sergeant-at-Arms and taken to a mental hospital, was definitely up there in terms of the weirdness factor we’ve come to expect out of Washington.

In a statement released two days ago by her husband, the 48-year-old Reidy said of the incident:  “For the past 2 and 1/2 weeks, the Holy Spirit has been waking me up in the middle of the night and preparing me (through my reluctance and doubt) to deliver a message in the House Chamber.”

For some Christians, Reidy’s words may have made perfect sense.  I’ve not been able to find a discernable recording or transcript of exactly what she started yelling once she strode up to the podium, but there is crystal-clear audio of what she hollered as she was hauled away onto a nearby elevator lobby area, and it’s available on various websites, including this link:


While still being pulled away from the turned-off microphone at the podium, Reidy bellowed words such as:  “Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand.”

Then, in the hallway as others crowded around her, urgently trying to silence her as she was hustled onto an elevator, Reidy continued:  “He will not be mocked; He will not be mocked… don’t touch me… He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God,” Reidy continued. “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, Lord Jesus Christ.”

In the aftermath of the incident, the 49-year-old Reidy was released from the hospital and returned home to her husband, 54-year-old Dan Reidy.

Conflicting reports have Reidy making her prophetic outburst either just before or just after the extremely controversial, high-stakes vote on a deal to end the fiscal standoff which had focused the nation’s attention and seemed to stretch many people’s nerves to the breaking point.

The incident followed closely after other recent disturbances such as the violent car-chase which ended in the shooting death (by Capitol police) of dental hygienist and single mother Miriam Carey, with her surviving baby on board, along with a man dousing himself with flammable liquid and lighting himself on fire on the Mall.  Adding to the heightened drama of overall Capitol confrontation was last weekend’s veterans’ protest/storming/removal of the “Barrycades” around memorials, and dumping them outside the White House fence.

So does the fiscal/debt deal and funding of the government (what democrats would call a “breakthrough” I suppose) for another few weeks or so mean there’ll be peace and quiet in our nation’s headquarters for awhile?  Don’t count on it.  Most readers of this website know that the caving in by republicans to the demands of the opposition only means more anguish and acrimony are in the offing, among those of us not inclined to more patient strategy.

Besides, craziness and the District of Columbia go hand-in-hand.  Meaning, there’s more to come.  Trust me; I have that on the Highest authority.  If you get my drift.

About the author: Donald Joy

Following his service in the United State Air Force, Donald Joy earned a bachelor of science in business administration from SUNY while serving in the army national guard. As a special deputy U.S. marshal, Don was on the protection detail for Attorney General John Ashcroft following the attacks of 9/11. He lives in the D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia with his wife and son.

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