On Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, Steve Scalise, the Republican House Minority Whip, came back to the people’s house using double canes to help him walk through the doors and to allow him to hobble to the speaker’s rostrum.
U.S. Rep. Scalise was gunned down by a deranged citizen who was trying to kill as many Republican congressmen as possible that day in June. The early morning gathering was a practice session for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. The event had been played for years without incident.
On June 14 at 7 in the morning, James Hodgkinson tried to take out as many GOP congressmen as he could. He wounded four people and was killed by Capitol police, Scalisi’s security detail.
Congressman Scalise was critically wounded and near death for days, but here he was, 15 weeks after the incident, speaking to his colleagues in the people’s house.
The first words out of his mouth were his thanks to God for the miracle he was given. He had survived, and none of the assailant’s targets had suffered serious injury. The responses from the members of the house were standing ovations. It was a celebration of God’s grace - really a celebration.
He thanked his doctors, his wife and, on the top of his list, were two members of his security force: David Baily and Crystal Griner. Both were injured fighting off the attack. Congressman Scalise brought to the Congress - for a few moments - American unity, God’s grace and joy.
If you can go to YouTube and watch his speech and reception, it is a moment of genuine bipartisan. God bless Congressman Steve Scalise, and may he help bring peace and harmony to our America.
A point to ponder.
Phil Mikan is the host of the Phil Mikan Show on WMRD 1150/WLIS AM 1420 daily at 10 a.m. and the Weekend Corner Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to him at Phil Mikan, Central Connecticut Communications, One Liberty Square, New Britain, CT 06051.