The Look

When Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, announced the vote for the passage of articles of impeachment recently, an amazing thing occurred. If you weren’t watching it live, you probably saw it amid the hundreds of replays it garnered. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a moment everyone should glimpse at least once. Here’s a link to that moment.

Now that you’ve seen it, I’m quite sure you understand why it got so much airplay. Not only is it memorable, it’s priceless. Apparently the House Democrats were given strict orders to curtail any celebratory outbursts that may have been welling up inside. Despite the edict to remain silent and somber, some of the Representatives just couldn’t contain themselves. They began to shout out with glee—an emotion fitting for the season of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but not for the moment of impeachment.

Unparalleled

Ms. Pelosi put an immediate stop to the celebration, as well she should have. The way she did it, however, was unparalleled. She curtly waved the piece of paper she held in her hand and gave the offending Reps “The Look.” If you grew up in an Italian family as I did, you know The Look. Come to think of it, most families had some version of The Look. 

Usually, The Look was executed by the mother—although some fathers had it mastered as well (my Dad never bothered with The Look—he went straight to the polenta stick). If this move was used in your household, you have no doubt been indelibly marked by it, and you can still remember it to this day.

When The Look was performed, everything else stopped. Screaming children grew silent, and all shenanigans ceased. It was foreboding and final—no ifs, ands, or buts ensued. At that point, it was all over but the shouting (actually, no shouting was necessary once The Look had been detected). Any actions beyond The Look were feared because they could result in some sort of crime befitting capital punishment.

Refreshing to See

It was refreshing to see Nona Pelosi shoot The Look to the culprits. I hadn’t seen it in a long time, and it’s good to know that some people still use it. It was rather nostalgic to watch, but it also caused me to stop what I was doing and do a quick reflection on my current actions lest I be one of the guilty parties. It was also pretty funny to see her give the evil eye to so many adults (I use the term loosely). 

Scripture has revealed to us that we should be disciplinarians of our children lest they go astray (Proverbs 13:24). Ms. Pelosi showed her prowess at such discipline in that fateful moment. She obviously has had much practice over the years being an Italian-American Mama and Nona. When her minions zealously broke into their joyful outburst, it only took one glance to remind them of their three-year journey to “solemnly and prayerfully” impeach the president. Thank God for The Look!

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]

Concentration Camps

Rosie O’Donnell recently made the claim that “there are over 100,000 concentration camps in nearly every state.” Wow! Who knew? I’m sure glad Rosie pointed this out. I just might have to contact my congressperson.

My question is this. Who are they keeping in these camps? Rosie pointed to another statistic that there are 10,000 to 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children. Apparently, these kids aren’t in the camps. That would amount to ten camps for every child.

The Rise of Anti-Semitism

With the current rise of anti-Semitism in this country, maybe the Jewish people are secretly being shuffled off to these clandestine camps. I have my doubts, but Rosie seems pretty certain the camps aren’t empty. Maybe someone could check on that out.

In a totally unrelated event, the leaders of Iran have diagnosed President Trump as being “retarded.” This, I’m sure will come as a shock to the sixty million voters who cast their ballots for him in the 2016 election. On the other hand, there are a lot of other citizens of this country who’ve been saying the same thing as the Iranians. This would cause me to believe that the Iranian leaders are bucking for U.S. citizenship. They may as well. It seems like everyone else in the world is trying to get in here, too.

Then there was the video of Jussie Smollett that was recently released by the Chicago Police (I also love their other TV show—the one on NBC). In the video, Jussie greets them with a noose around his neck. He claimed he never took it off because he wanted them to see what “they” did to him. There’s nothing like a live demonstration I always say.

In light of all of these crazy occurrences and more, I’m inclined to ask, “What’s wrong with this picture?” As is occasionally asked, “What is this world coming to?” (Pardon the dangling participle…) The place is becoming a madhouse.

Only One Good Answer

I can only think of one really good answer for all of this. We have seen these sorts of things in history. In toto, they are manifestations of Biblical proportions. As Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters once proclaimed, “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!” I am referring to the Book of Judges.

In Judges 21:25, it is written, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” In other words, people did what they darn well pleased. I”m guessing they said what they darn well pleased also. This brings me to our own day and age.

We live in a time when people appear to be acting out the Book of Judges. They say crazy things. They do things with no rhyme or reason. Plus, they often double down on their insanity. People only do such things when they think they’re right. The KJV rendition of “as they saw fit” is “that which was right in his own eyes.” Apparently, you don’t have to BE right, you only have to think you’re right.

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]