It was funny. Until it wasn’t.
The other day, I happened to catch The President’s Show on Comedy Central, which included a skit in which Veep Mike Pence learns about ethics . . . or not.
( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLUEs4zmBHw). The three ‘guests’ who seek to answer Pence’s ethics-based questions slowly come to the realization that their host isn’t the beleaguered wingman he appears to be; that instead, Pence is a shrewd and calculating player in it for the long haul; willing to bide his time until the Trump presidency implodes and he can assume the role he’s secretly coveted all this time.
Truth is, should the Trump presidency topple, the man who would take his place is more of a threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness than Trump could ever be. Where Trump is a loose cannon shooting off his mouth wildly and in all directions, Pence is the proverbial Voice of Reason. Where Trump is egotistical, rash, uneducated in the ways of government, Pence is pious, thoughtful, politically savvy. Where Trump’s over-the-top persona is tough to swallow–even for some within his own party–Pence is well-regarded and highly respected by his peers. Where Trump’s agenda is all over the place, Pence’s agenda is firmly entrenched in policies driven by an unwavering faith in God and Country.
Pence is Calm to Trump’s Chaos.
Prior to last year’s election, the website ontheissues.org (a non-partisan, non-profit organization providing information to voters about candidates) posted each candidate’s stance on numerous topics. Reading through Mike Pence’s page (http://www.ontheissues.org/Mike_Pence.htm ), one begins to see a pattern of deeply rooted values and beliefs that promote religious dogma over individual rights and freedoms; big business over environment; military might over social services; the rich’s interests over those of the poor. His votes reflect his views on gays, women, the environment, the poor, immigrants: Pence is “anti-” all these things. He has been, for a long time.
The current administration is one of the worst, on so many levels. I still find it extremely difficult to accept that a man like Trump–a man who swore he could shoot somebody on the street and still get votes, who bragged about grabbing women by the you-know-what, who openly mocked a disabled reporter, who lies without blinking and incites hatred without remorse–could be elected as 45th President of the United States. That’s crazy. But the thought that a man like Pence is one step away from being number 46?
That’s scary as shit, you guys.