G_d’s plan for Mike Pence

This…often happens when he’s in front of a friendly crowd. He’ll be witnessing to evangelicals at a mega-church, or addressing conservative supporters at a rally, and when the moment comes for him to pass along the president’s well-wishes, the words are invariably accompanied by an amused little chuckle that prompts knowing laughter from the attendees. It’s almost as if, in that brief, barely perceptible moment, Pence is sending a message to those with ears to hear—that he recognizes the absurdity of his situation; that he knows just what sort of man he’s working for; that while things may look bad now, there is a grand purpose at work here, a plan that will manifest itself in due time. Let not your hearts be troubled, he seems to be saying. I’ve got this.

And then, all at once, Pence is back on message. In his folksy Midwestern drawl, he recites Republican aphorisms about “job creators” and regulatory “red tape,” and heralds the many supposed triumphs of Trump’s young presidency. As he nears the end of his remarks, his happy-warrior buoyancy gives way to a more sober cadence. “We’ve come to a pivotal moment in the life of this country,” Pence soulfully intones. “It’s a good time to pray for America.” His voice rising in righteous fervor, the vice president promises an opening of the heavens. “If His people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray,” he proclaims, “He’ll hear from heaven, and He’ll heal this land!”…

Meanwhile, Pence’s presence in the White House has been a boon for the religious right. Evangelical leaders across the country point to his record on abortion and religious freedom and liken him to a prophet restoring conservative Christianity to its rightful place at the center of American life. “Mike Pence is the 24-karat-gold model of what we want in an evangelical politician,” Richard Land, the president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and one of Trump’s faith advisers, told me. “I don’t know anyone who’s more consistent in bringing his evangelical-Christian worldview to public policy.”

But what does Pence make of his own improbable rise to the vice presidency, and how does he reconcile his faith with serving a man like Trump?…

This article will give you the answers. Detailed, easy to understand…I’d simplify it by saying a servant always serves his master. Ideological, philosophical, political. Different streams of obedience may seem at cross-purposes depending on which fantasies you believe predominant. For Pence, obedience is good enough.

5 thoughts on “G_d’s plan for Mike Pence

  1. Tilt-A-Whirl says:

    “The Danger of President Pence : Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.” (New Yorker Oct 16, 2017) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/23/the-danger-of-president-pence
    “President Donald Trump said Thursday at a Fox News Town Hall he has no plans to replace Vice President Mike Pence as the two were friends.” https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-says-replacing-mike-pence-as-vp-would-be-great-act-of-disloyalty/ar-BB10OJGj
    [The phrase ‘not worth a bucket of warm spit’ comes to mind]
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 6:08 PM · Mar 6, 2020:
    “….I want to thank Acting Chief Mick Mulvaney for having served the Administration so well. He will become the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Thank you!”
    [continues] 6:08 PM · Mar 6, 2020: “I am pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Meadows will become White House Chief of Staff. I have long known and worked with Mark, and the relationship is a very good one….”
    (November 12, 2019) “Mick Mulvaney is reportedly telling associates Trump can’t fire him because he ‘knows too much'” https://theweek.com/speedreads/877956/mick-mulvaney-reportedly-telling-associates-trump-cant-fire-because-knows-much

  2. Stay tuned says:

    “Pence’s Suckuppery to Trump Set the Country Back Fighting COVID : The vice president’s tentative leadership of the coronavirus task force and need to appease the president may be a liability if he decides to run for the top job in 2024.” (Vanity Fair 8/26/20) https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/08/pences-suckuppery-to-trump-set-the-country-back-fighting-covid
    “Mike Pence hopes four years of subservience to Trump will lift his political future” (Washington Post 8/24/20) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pence-trump/2020/08/23/da86a7a0-e246-11ea-ade1-28daf1a5e919_story.html

  3. Update says:

    “Former Vice President Mike Pence rebuked former President Donald Trump on Thursday night on the question of overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election.
    Pence also said he will “always be proud” of his role in affirming the election results on January 6 following a deadly riot of Trump supporters at the US Capitol.
    The former vice president’s remarks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, focused primarily on laying out a pro-Trump platform for a potential White House run of his own.
    But Pence also offered a harsh assessment of the former President’s claims, in the days and weeks leading up to January 6, about changing the results of the election during the official counting of electoral votes in Congress.” https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/24/politics/mike-pence-donald-trump-january-6/index.html
    (June 18, 2021): “Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a conservative conference on Friday and it was quickly clear that some people were not happy he was there. Pence was met with boos and was forced to speak over hecklers shouting “traitor” as he spoke at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference in Orlando.” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/06/pence-booed-heckled-traitor.html

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