He's smooth. He commands the stage. He's humble and mild-mannered. He's the boy scout to Trump's pit bull. And he sure does love his mother and his wife. But do not be fooled.
Are you a woman? Mike Pence is your worst nightmare.
The Governor of Indiana, now Trump's sidekick, wants to strip you of all of your reproductive rights. He's been working diligently at this mandate from God in his home state, and he has been frighteningly successful. This is the ultra conservative, anti-Planned Parenthood crusader who signed into law every anti-abortion bill that has landed on his desk, the most sadistic being that any woman who has a miscarriage or an abortion must have the fetus buried or cremated. That's right. It's your responsibility to make sure that happens, even early in a pregnancy when the fetus is the size of a pea.
This is what he had to say in March when he signed into law a bill that expands
Indiana's restrictive laws. "By enacting this legislation, we take an important step in protecting the unborn, while still providing an exception for the life of the mother. I sign this legislation with a prayer that God would continue to bless these precious children, mothers and families."
And this is how he is perceived in the anti-abortion community. "Mike Pence is a pro-life trailblazer and Mr. Trump could not have made a better choice," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B Anthony List.
You get the picture.
Not only does Mike Pence believe you have no rights over your own body, Pence doesn't even believe that you should have the right to serve in the military. Back in 1999, when Pence was a radio talk show host, he penned an editorial that criticized, of all things, the Disney movie Mulan, for giving young girls the idea that they can serve combat roles alongside men. Here's a sample of that gem.
"Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan."
Most of us would think the moral of the Mulan story is that girls can do anything. But Pence wrote, "Moral of story: women in military, bad idea."
I have to wonder in his heart of hearts if Mike Pence even believes you should be able to work. (By the way, if you haven't read Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, I suggest you do it now.)
Are you a member of the LGBTQ community? Mike Pence is your worst nightmare.
Pence is a very vocal critic of LGBTQ rights, and has been since he got into politics. His pen's been busy in this sphere as well.
Pence made national news last year when he signed a religious freedom law that discriminated against the LGBTQ community. After quite a backlash, he was forced to add an amendment to the law that would protect these citizens.
In 2006, while still in Congress, Pence supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman. In his speech Pence said,
"societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family."
And, according to Pence, being gay is your choice. In the past he has supported conversion therapy for gays.
Of course, Pence opposes President Obama's recent directive to schools to allow students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
The list goes on, but it is pretty clear where he stands on these issues, and how he feels about the people for whom these issues are so important.
Are you a human being who cares about your fellow human beings, no matter their race, religion, background or immigration status? Mike Pence is your worst nightmare.
Make no mistake - while Trump might be more liberal on some of these issues, he knows he has to placate his religious, conservative base. And when as many as three Supreme Court seats will be up for grabs, Pence and his Congressional cronies are going to have the power to choose the nominees.
In his speech to the Republican convention, Pence addressed SCOTUS.
"We all better think very carefully -- very carefully -- about what this means for our Constitution and limited government. Elect Hillary Clinton and you better get used to being subject to unelected judges using unaccountable power to take unconstitutional actions. So let me say, for the sake of the rule of law, for the sake of the sanctity of life, for the sake of our Second Amendment and for the sake of all our other God-given liberties, we must ensure that the next president appointing justices to the Supreme Court is Donald Trump."
Here is the bottom line:
Mike Pence likes to say on a regular basis, "I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican... in that order."
According to The New York Times, Mike Pence gave himself to Jesus when he was a college student. As Jonathan Mahler and Dirk Johnson write, "His evangelical Christianity is now the driving force behind his political agenda, whether he is working to deny funds to Planned Parenthood or to make it legal for religious conservatives to refuse to serve gay couples."
I don't know about you, but that's my worst nightmare of a candidate for the Vice President of the United States.
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