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.]

Impeachment Now!

Inspired by the current crop of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, I have decided to hold a behind-the-scenes, closed door impeachment investigation of the entire Congress. I have been conducting secret interviews with all my friends, and the handwriting is on the wall. The results are not in as yet, but it’s pretty clear that we will soon be at a point where we will be able to call for the removal of all 535 Representatives and Senators.

What I am discovering is that there is ample evidence against the guilty parties. They were elected to represent us, but they are doing anything but that. I have documents that prove they are failing in their obligations. I can’t reveal anything at this point, but in due time, all will be disclosed and will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are negligent in their responsibilities.

It Doesn’t Matter

Some critics have suggested to me that these congressmen and women have not committed crimes. To that I say (along with Professor Corey Brettschneider from Brown University), it doesn’t matter if they committed a crime. They should still be impeached. They have so demeaned their office that they should be removed. The good professor was not speaking about Congress, of course, but about the President. Still, as the old saying goes, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

The way I see it, the Dems can remove the president, and the rest of us can remove everyone else. This will leave our new President (Mr. Pence) to be the temporary dictator of these United States. We can give him the authority to appoint anyone he’d like, and then maybe we can get something done. One could only hope, at least.

There is one inherent flaw with all this, of course. In the course of two years, we’d have another election and vote in a whole new crop of phonies, scallywags, and frauds. Then we’d be back to square one. Still, we’d have two years of peace and quiet and would be left alone to live life the way God intended—with no government intrusion.

My Biggest Problem

My biggest problem, however, is that, in order to implement my grandiose plan, I’d have to ignore Scripture. Specifically, the Apostle Paul issued a famous admonition in his letter to the Romans. He wrote in Romans 13:1, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Ugh! No wonder he was always getting stoned (by rocks, I mean).  

On the other hand, there is a Proverb (16:12 to be exact) which says, “Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.” We could just as easily insert the word, “politicians,” in place of kings. If a politician doesn’t hate wrongdoing and is the wrongdoer him or herself, that ruler is marring the seat established through righteousness. Sounds like grounds for impeachment to me.

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