I known as my Uncle Courtney the evening of Jan. 7. We hadn’t talked since July and apart from catching up, I needed to listen to his tackle the occasions in Washington the day earlier than. We sit on totally different ends of the spectrum—he leans left, whereas I’m a conservative. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I watched the information unfold, however I imagined Courtney’s response to be certainly one of anger.
An enormous cup of espresso at my aspect (he’s a talker), I dialed his quantity. He answered and I readied my pocket book and pen—he’s all the time good for some Southern gems, and simply in case I ever want a colloquialism for a colourful character in one thing I’m writing, I attempt to jot down the very best turns of phrase. Courtney didn’t let me down, calling his two brothers “Whiskypalians” proper off the bat for his or her allegiance to Donald Trump and the Republican get together.
I requested what he’d been doing that day, how he got here to listen to in regards to the chaos interrupting what must have been an orderly counting of Electoral School votes. He’d been residence with COVID-19 and was awaiting a hip alternative—the proper circumstances for having nothing to do however watch the feed from the Home Chamber. The president’s speech had cycled via the most important information channels earlier that day, and Courtney advised me Trump “knew when he fired ‘em up and despatched ‘em off” that one thing like this may occur.
I by no means thought I’d align so carefully with Courtney in his criticism of Trump. I’ve listened to clips from the president’s rally on the day of the chaos on the Capitol, and I agree with my uncle—sure, Trump fired them up after which slipped off to see the outcomes.
The wound in Washington has been poorly handled, as if it weren’t critical. A few of my left-leaning family think about a Biden administration will remedy what ails us. They cry, “peace, peace,” however they aren’t ashamed of the left’s loathsome actions on abortion. The fitting appears to want energy above all else, and nobody is telling the entire reality.
My prayer for our nation is that we might heed the phrases of Jeremiah 5:1: “Run from side to side via the streets of Jerusalem, look and take be aware! Search her squares to see if you could find a person, one who does justice and seeks reality, that I could pardon her.” We should be women and men who do justice and search reality. We should elevate solely these leaders who stay by these requirements.
After an hour of speaking Trump and political intrigue, I managed to squeeze in a thanks for the laser-tag sport Courtney had despatched our boys for Christmas. “Your great-grandmother, Mama Could, properly, she all the time gave us one thing terrible like rabbit-fur gloves,” implying his want to provide higher items. I jotted down that household story in my pocket book, too, glad I’d known as my uncle. Glad we’d talked about issues that mattered.
Julie Spencer is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course.