Only three days until the election, and I am nowhere near finished with my list of amazing Donald Trump stories. What’s up for today? How about somebody I’ve been neglecting? How about Donald Trump’s choice for Vice President? How about the fabulously flawed Mike Pence of Indiana. It will be interesting to see if the Indiana governor actually said the things he is supposed to have said. Start with the first. Did he actually say that?
The Hyde Amendment already prohibits federal funding from being used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.
Pence went on to say, “I long for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of
history, when we move past the broken hearts and the broken lives of the past 38 years.”
Apparently he did. This kind of thing is going to put him at odds with the vast number of people who object to government interference in people’s personal decisions, especially including women in desperate straits, even in danger for their lives.
How about Mike Pence’s assertion that LGBT couples are a sign of societal collapse?
In 2006, as head of the Republican Study Committee, a group of the 100 most-conservative House members, Pence rose in support of a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Citing a Harvard researcher, Pence said in his speech, “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.” Pence also called being gay a choice and said keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an enforcement of “God’s idea.”
Oooh! That is so not cool. Congressman Pence missed the mark on a number of points:
- The implication that homosexual marriage will bring about deterioration of (heterosexual) marriage and family. How this is supposed to work has never been explained to me and possibly never to anybody else.
- The absolutely stupid statement that being homosexual is a choice is unbecoming an educated person and, by implication, a person in a position of responsibility in the government.
- Keeping homosexuals from marrying is not discrimination? It’s enforcement of “God’s idea?” Really? God’s idea? Whose idea? An imaginary figure conjured up 3000 years ago by tribesmen living in the Eastern Mediterranean? And we are going to make our laws and govern this nation on centuries-old fable?
How about his assertion that smoking doesn’t kill:
But perhaps his most dangerous stance has to do with tobacco. In a 2000 op-ed, posted on his personal webpage and unearthed by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, Pence brazenly declared, “Smoking does not kill”:
Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill. In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer. This is not to say that smoking is good for you… news flash: smoking is not good for you. If you are reading this article through the blue haze of cigarette smoke you should quit.
I guess the governor had something to say in that quote, and I’m also guessing he wasn’t sure just what it was. One thing is likely correct. Most smokers do not die of a smoking related illness. Let me add something to that. Most combat soldiers do not die from enemy action. Most just grow old and die, possibly of a smoking related illness.
Does Governor Pence believe in evolution? Let’s see:
[Chris] Matthews repeatedly asked if he believed in evolution, which the scientific community widely accepts as fact. Pence would not outright answer the question, but implied that he instead subscribes to creationism.
MATTHEWS: Okay, you want to educate the American people about science and its relevance today. Do you believe in evolution, sir?
PENCE: Do I believe in evolution? I embrace the view that God created the heavens and the earth, the seas and all that’s in them.
MATTHEWS: Right. But do you believe in evolution as the way he did it?
PENCE: The means, Chris, that he used to do that, I can’t say. But I do believe in that fundamental truth.
In short, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana believes life originated from supernatural causes, something that all scientific evidence refutes.
And finally, is anthropogenic global warming (AGW) really a myth? Did Governor Pence say that?
“Global warming is a myth,” Pence wrote nearly two decades ago in an op-ed unearthed by BuzzFeed. “Environmentalists,” the Indiana Republican explained, “claim that certain ‘greenhouse gases’ like carbon dioxide are mucking up the atmosphere and causing the earth to gradually warm. Despite the fact that CO2 is a naturally occurring phenomenon in nature, the greenpeace folks want to blame it all on coal (another natural mineral) and certain (evil) coal burning power plants.” He added (inaccurately) that “the earth is actually cooler today than it was about 50 years ago.”
Oh, no! He actually did say that. Wait! There’s good news. Governor Pence no longer stands behind what he said 20 years ago. He is now conceding that human activities are affecting this planet’s climate. However, search as I could, I was unable to find Mike Pence flatly stating that human activity is running up the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere and directly causing an increase in global temperatures.
By all counts, with Vice President Mike Pence we will be getting second-hand merchandise. His ideas and his outlook for America are not a good fit for the 21st century.
What is most amazing is that candidate Trump is polling near a candidate with real qualifications for the job. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could never happen. I was wrong! How wrong I was is becoming clear. The fervent hope is that justice will shortly be served where it is long overdue.
Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road, and I will be calling things as they are. As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit.
Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:
A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]
Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude, I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!
Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and election day. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.
Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.