By: Mary Fran Bontempo
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Over the past few weeks, U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black has increasingly called the knuckleheads in Congress to task for their hubris, arrogance and downright stupidity, during the one minute he gets to address the Senate at every session. And he’s done it all while not being paid, a high-profile government worker affected by the shutdown.
Unlike most ordinary folks trapped by the insanity though, Reverend Black has the ear of the people to blame for this mess. And he’s using it masterfully.
Witness lines like, “Save us from the madness,” “…It’s time for our lawmakers to say enough is enough,” and my personal favorite, “We acknowledge our transgressions, our shortcomings, our smugness, our selfishness and our pride. Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable.”
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Reverend Black and hearing him speak on several occasions in, of all places, Ocean City, NJ, where he’s delivered his message at the Ocean City Tabernacle for a number of years. The Tabernacle has many wonderful speakers, but Reverend Black is by far my favorite. His sermons are inspiring, uplifting and always spot on. And that voice. If I ever meet God, I imagine He’ll sound a lot like Barry Black–only better. He is God, after all.
Name calling is de rigeur in Washington, as is finger-pointing. But never before has it been done with such aplomb, and so universally. According to Black, though he puts it more gracefully, they’re all arrogant pinheads, and as usual, he’s spot on.
You go, Barry. And let’s hope our elected officials (if we’re smart, we’ll change some of that come our next opportunity to vote) are listening. It’s likely the first time anyone has talked any sense in the Senate chamber in years.
Check out an interview with Barry Black below and let us know what you think.