With more and more Americans wondering what has transformed one of the most respected hard working civilized legislative bodies in the world into a playground of partisan bullies, name calling, and seemingly senseless resolutions, the Democratic speaker of the House instigated a flurry of rare reactions on Tuesday, July 16. During a misguided vote on a resolution to strongly condemn presidential speech, Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) offered the following sermon just before she declared the words of the president as racist.
Pelosi said, “The gospel of the good Samaritan, a person asked Jesus, ‘What do I have to do to enter the kingdom of heaven?’ And Christ replied, ‘love thy neighbor as thy self, show mercy.’ That very same day. Then went on to talk, he said well, ‘How do I do this?’ Jesus gave him the example of the good Samaritan. Everyone is familiar with how a stranger helped another stranger, a foreigner, helped another foreigner. The good Samaritan. Love thy neighbor as thy self, show mercy. … And so here we are, later in that day, it was stunning to hear the words that were used. Go home, to some of our colleagues. The same words that were used to so many people in our country. Whether because they weren’t born here or because they didn’t look like some others hear. Go Home. As annoyed and insulted as we should be about the president saying this about our colleagues, it’s also not showing mercy for him to say about so many people in our country.”
The biblical parable of the good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke tells of a traveler who is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead alongside the road, first ignored by a priest, then by a Levite and finally assisted by his arch enemy, a Samaritan and speaks about offering compassion even to your enemies but was this the intent behind the frustrated expression of Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver after the now infamous ‘words be taken down’ scene in the House when he scolded the body, threw down his gavel and abandoned the chair.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said, “The Chair is ready to make a statement. I came in here to try to do this in a fair way. I kept warning both sides. Let’s not do this. Hoping we could get through. Miss (Rep Pramila D–Wash.) Jaypal had a situation where we could be in here on another motion to take down the words of a friend of mine, but we don’t ever ever want to pass up it seems an opportunity to to escalate. And that’s what this is. I’ll dare anybody to look at any of the footage and see if there was any unfairness. But unfairness is not enough because we want to just fight. I abandon the chair.”
And then yesterday, while the good Samaritans of the House led by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) offered and voted on a resolution to impeach President Trump, thousands of the faithful gathered in Greenville North Carolina to here the verdict straight from the man himself.
Green said “I rise to a question of the privileges of the House and offer a resolution previously noticed” President Trump said “I just heard that the U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to kill the most ridiculous project I’ve ever been involved in. The resolution, how stupid is that, on impeachment.”
Includes reporting from House.gov and the Associated Press