It would be very easy to overlook the mild-mannered, unassuming, vanilla politician that is Mike Pence, if it were not for his 17th century quaker-like worldview. Beneath the Republican vice presidential candidate’s innocuous demeanor lies a very sinister compulsion to repeal and reverse nearly every good thing that has happened in the last few decades, and to usher in an era of conservatism that would set the country back years.
Mike Pence has brilliantly assumed the roll of Yin to Donald Trump’s Yang; indeed, the pompous, bloviating, offensive personality of Trump finds its complement in the measured and polished manners of the Indiana statesman. Together, these two men have created a vortex into which virtually every conservative and politically disillusioned member of the electorate has been sucked. But to every person who plans on voting for Trump because of his immigration, foreign policy, tax plans, or some other godforsaken reason, let me remind you of the more covert agendas that will accompany a Mike Pence vice presidency: defunding planned parenthood, abolition of gay rights, reluctance to combat climate change, teaching of intelligent design in schools, etc.
Along with Pence’s sordid past of socially backwards opinions and heartfelt wish to see society descend into Christian orthodoxy, comes his total ambivalence to well established opinions and facts. The notorious op-ed piece where he stated “smoking doesn’t kill people” is a perfect testament to his ability to reason himself into any opinion, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The man is also on the record claiming “condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases,” so as to promote his view that abstinence is the only true form of safe sex, as well as being a proponent of conversion therapy for members of the LGBT community.
By some twisted construal, a large portion of our country has decided that the deletion of some emails, or a misstep in Benghazi, is more scandalous than openly calling for the discrimination of LGBT members. What Mike Pence has done, and tried to do, as governor of Indiana and in Congress should have been a showstopper for him the moment he entered the 2016 election, but has gone largely unnoticed and unattended amongst Trump’s constituency.
If Trump’s proximity to the oval office has not sufficiently frightened you yet, just imagine what Mike Pence would aim to do when given any real power; imagine the kind of reasoning he would employ to guide our nation; imagine the amount of time and resources spent on his backward ambitions; imagine the large number of people who have just barely tasted some semblance of equality that will be jettisoned back into a society of discrimination because of an ideology that they do not share. The power endowed to Mike Pence thus far was already a mistake; let’s not make it again.