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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 09:06 PM

5. Mike Pence is a sanctimonious hypocrite

Ten years ago Mike Pence gave a speech for the Federalist Society in a not so veiled criticism of President Obama. In the speech Pence extolled the virtues of character which are so critically important in a president:

The presidency's "powers are vast and consequential, its requirements -- from the outset and by definition -- impossible for mortals to fulfill without humility and insistent attention to its purposes as set forth in the Constitution of the United States," declared Pence, his gaze steely and his jaw firmly set. Of power, he said, "Those who are entrusted with it must educate themselves in self-restraint."

"A true statesman lives in what Churchill called a continuous 'stress of soul,'" Pence informed his audience. "And that's why you must always be wary of a president who seems to float upon his own greatness."

Pence told a story to illustrate the humanity and humility of Calvin Coolidge. "A sensibility like this -- and not power -- is the source of presidential dignity, and it must be restored," he said. "It depends entirely upon character, self-discipline and an understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie not only the republic but life itself.

"It communicates that the president feels the gravity of his office and is willing to sacrifice himself, that his eye is not upon his own prospects but upon the storm of history, through which it is his responsibility to navigate with the specific powers accorded to him and the limitations placed upon them not merely by man but by God."

link to Steve Chapman's commentary

The rest, of course, his history. Mike Pence went on to be the chief sycophant and boot licker of a POtuS who is the absolute antithesis of every virtue he so sanctimoniously cited.

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