Yesterday’s Embarrassing Events in the Nation’s Capitol

There is no point recounting the events of yesterday in our nation’s capitol. What a sad day in American history. One of the only highlights is that democracy prevailed by the end of the day, and this is due in large part to the actions of Vice President Mike Pence.

At least the Vice President was willing to clearly condemn the actions of the mob yesterday, as the President of the United States continues to hide and not step up to the plate to address the absolutely immature and wrong behavior of Americans.

I have heard of an absentee father; we are now witnessing an absentee president.

I desire that the President of the United States would take the loss like a mature adult, and lead this country for the few remaining days that he has left. True leadership is needed, and Mike Pence did a fine job yesterday, especially in his statement as the Senate convened.

I cannot help but to think of my son. We love to play games where one of us wins and the other loses. Winning is exciting and rewarding, and I let him rejoice when he does. However, the other lesson is not so easy: losing with a good attitude. How do I celebrate the other person and what they have accomplished even when I lose? How do I respect the person who has defeated me? How do I walk in humility and simply admit, “I have been beaten” when it occurs? These are questions that we all have to face. It is sad that the President of the United States is not setting a good example.

Was their voter fraud? I am sure. How could there not be? But to the measure of almost seven million votes (Biden with 81,283,485 of the popular vote versus Trump with 74,223,744 of the popular vote)? That is hard for me to believe.

I am grateful for the voice of Vice President Mike Pence yesterday. He was clear and firm. He condemned immoral and atrocious behavior. And he lead a process that ultimately finalized even his removing from office. That is an example that my kid can follow.

~An American citizen and dad

Note: Someone has just informed me that President Trump did condemn the mob’s actions on Twitter, but Twitter removed the post. However, this is not good enough. As the President, you can go on live TV at any point and condemn this in a more forthright manner. Twitter is not enough; we need our nation’s leader speaking out like Mike Pence did.


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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