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Politics I Read Mike Pence’s Blueprint for Permanent Authoritarian Rule

23:52  03 march  2021
23:52  03 march  2021 Source:   nymag.com

Mike Pence declined an invitation to CPAC, where Trump is the headline guest and the MAGA crowd has taken over

  Mike Pence declined an invitation to CPAC, where Trump is the headline guest and the MAGA crowd has taken over The former vice president for the first time in years will not be attending the conference, where organizers have sided with former president Trump.The conference opens on Thursday in Orlando, Florida, and is one of the year's most important conservative political gatherings.

Mike Pence rule . A rule stating that men should never put themselves in a situation where they can be falsely accused of rape, sexual assault, or fraternization. In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side. This rule gained widespread popularity after the #MeToo witch trials of 2017. Proving innocence is often difficult or impossible, so the easiest way to avoid false accusations is to avoid women altogether.

Mike Pence is their next target, and removing him will install Pelosi as president. Right on cue, the lawless Democrats have shifted their focus to eliminating V.P. Mike Pence . As Michael Snyder writes today from his website, The Economic Collapse Blog It now seems obvious that the only way to stop the lawless, treasonous Democrats is for a million armed Americans to descend upon Washington D.C. and take the necessary steps to defend the republic and restore the rule of law under our duly elected President Donald J. Trump.

After a long period of silence on the subject of the 2020 election, some of which he spent hiding from an insurrectionist mob that was attempting to lynch him, Mike Pence has reemerged. The former vice-president has written an op-ed for the Heritage Foundation laying out the next steps in the Republican Party’s campaign to curtail democracy.

Donald Trump, Mike Pence are posing for a picture: Sick Pence, none the richer. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images © Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Sick Pence, none the richer. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Pence’s analysis is worth considering in some detail. As both a faithful servant to Donald Trump and a respected member of the Republican Party’s most ideologically orthodox wing, Pence holds a position that represents a synthesis of Trump’s idiosyncratic personal authoritarianism and his party’s longstanding anti-democratic trend.

Pence lauds Trump during meeting with Republicans, suggests 'they speak often' and maintain 'personal friendship'

  Pence lauds Trump during meeting with Republicans, suggests 'they speak often' and maintain 'personal friendship' Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke highly of former President Donald Trump during a meeting with Republican lawmakers. © Provided by Washington Examiner "He spoke very favorably about his relationship with President Trump," Rep. Jim Banks said of the meeting. "I got the sense they speak often and maintain the same personal friendship and relationship now that they have for four years." Banks, who chairs the Republican Study Committee, said that a group of members met with Pence on Tuesday in his transition office in Northern Virginia.

Vice President Mike Pence fired off a strong warning to China on Thursday, saying in a fiery speech, “We will not be intimidated, and we will not stand down.” He criticized China on several fronts, portraying the country as the foremost threat to the U. S ., its interests around the world and even its politics at home. “Chinese security agencies have masterminded the wholesale theft of American technology, including cutting-edge military blueprints , and using that stolen technology. The Chinese Communist Party is turning plowshares into swords on a massive scale,” Pence said.

US Vice-President Mike Pence has visited a top US hospital without wearing a mask, despite the medical centre' s own rules that visitors should wear personal protective equipment. Mr Pence appeared to be the only person present without a facial covering at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. In a deleted tweet, the clinic said the vice-president had been notified in advance of its policy requiring masks. Mr Pence leads the White House coronavirus taskforce. He defended his decision as necessary in order to meet with staff and patients.

Pence doesn’t acknowledge any error made by Trump or even concede that he legitimately lost the election. Instead, he hints that wrongdoing by state officials allowed Joe Biden to steal it:

After an election marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election.

No officials “set aside” state laws. They acted to expand mail voting in compliance with state laws. Sometimes these orders were litigated through the courts, but that is how state laws work. Pence does not have any evidence of “significant voting irregularities.” Millions of Americans have “concerns” about the election’s “integrity” simply because Trump and Pence spent months before and after the election circulating false claims.

Pence: Democrats' push for election reform is 'unconstitutional power grab'

  Pence: Democrats' push for election reform is 'unconstitutional power grab' Former Vice President Mike Pence does not support the Democrats' bill to reform elections, going as far as to call it an "unconstitutional power grab."Pence, who has been mostly silent since the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 where he was presiding over the joint session of Congress meant to certify then-President-elect Biden's electoral victory, wrote a Wednesday op-ed for the Daily Signal, a platform associated with the Heritage Foundation, where he is a distinguished fellow.

Mike Pence has taken centre stage in the presidential race as he debated the Democratic running mate. Who is the US vice-president? Over the last four years, Mr Pence has been a very adept deputy, not least in leading the team deciding key appointments in the administration, and being a smooth communicator in media appearances. In 2012, the then-congressman likened the Supreme Court' s ruling upholding the Affordable Health Care Act to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a closed-door House Republican meeting. He later apologised.

Michael Richard " Mike " Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the former 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump' s (R) administration from January 20, 2017, to January 20, 2021.

The only credible allegation of illegal behavior in the election involves Trump himself, who was caught on tape threatening action against officials unless they produced enough votes to flip the state into his column.

Pence does concede that the insurrection was regrettable, but his language is painstakingly crafted to avoid attributing any responsibility:

The tragic events of Jan. 6 — the most significant being the loss of life and violence at our nation’s Capitol — also deprived the American people of a substantive discussion in Congress about election integrity in America.

The structure of this sentence is fascinating. Its action verb is deprived. Who committed the depriving? Events. And what was deprived? A “substantive discussion in Congress about election integrity” — i.e., another forum to repeat Trump’s lie about the election being stolen. So nobody was responsible for the mob of Trump supporters attempting to cancel the election, but the victims were the people feeding the mob’s delusions.

Pence slams Democratic voting reform bill HR 1 as an 'unconstitutional power grab'

  Pence slams Democratic voting reform bill HR 1 as an 'unconstitutional power grab' HR 1 would end gerrymandering, expand early and absentee voting, and establish national standards for voter registration, among other reforms.The Democratic-backed House Resolution 1 (HR1), known as the For the People Act, would end partisan gerrymandering, expand early and absentee voting, establish national standards for voter registration, and blunt voter purges, among other reforms.

Pence ’ s chief of staff in the early days of the Trump Administration was Josh Pitcock. Pitcock was married to Katherine Seaman. Seaman worked for the FBI and prior to the election worked with Strzok and Page on the Hillary Clinton email probe. This is why the call it the swamp. (Please read this post to get the full story.) My high-octane speculation is that Trump’s intelligence team discovered that Pence knew about Pitcock’s activities of spying on the newly elected president and Pence may have also agreed to help Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with his case of Trump being unfit to

• Vice President Mike Pence , above at the North Korean border, gave the North a stern warning about American resolve but opened a diplomatic door. Before leaving Seoul for trade talks in Japan, he said Washington was seeking security “through peaceable means, through negotiations.” That’ s a description of Turkey’ s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, by one of the slim majority of voters who approved a new political system that bestows sweeping powers on his office from 2019.

Pence then turns toward the twin purposes of his column: opposing Democratic efforts in Congress to guarantee ballot access and end gerrymandering, while endorsing Republican efforts to restrict the franchise with strict photo-ID requirements, limits on early and mail voting, and so on.

In typical fashion, he superimposes his own calculation onto the Democrats:

Every single proposed change in HR 1 serves one goal, and one goal only: to give leftists a permanent, unfair, and unconstitutional advantage in our political system.

It is true, at least in the short run, that democratic reforms would benefit the Democratic Party. It is not true, however, that this is their only goal. Allowing people to participate in elections and enhancing the small-d democratic character of the system is also a goal, albeit not one many Republicans seem able to comprehend.

And it is simply false to suggest the bill gives Democrats an “advantage.” The Republican Party currently enjoys significant advantages in the House, Senate, and Electoral College, all of which have a midpoint several points more Republican than the country as a whole. Even if Democrats enacted their proposals to expand voting and eliminate gerrymandering — and went even further by granting statehood to D.C. and Puerto Rico — this would merely reduce, not eliminate, the GOP advantage.

Mike Pence is still pushing Trump's Big Lie as Trump reportedly plots to push him off 2024 ticket

  Mike Pence is still pushing Trump's Big Lie as Trump reportedly plots to push him off 2024 ticket Pence is still hailing to a chief that no longer wants him as second in command Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and the Trump supporters mobbing the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

Pence proceeds to argue that all changes to election law must be carried out at the state level. This conveniently means the changes will be designed by Republican officials rather than by Democrats, who control Congress. Pence presents this as a matter of constitutional principle:

Our Founders limited Congress’ role in conducting our elections for good reason: They wanted elections to be administered closest to the people, free from undue influence of the national government.

In fact, the Constitution gives Congress authority to regulate federal elections, and it has used this authority many times.

Pence further insists that, if Congress were to eliminate gerrymandering, “congressional districts would be redrawn by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.” Can voters hold Congress accountable for drawing maps that make it impossible to dislodge the majority party? Not really! That’s kind of the point of drawing those maps in the first place.

Pence’s most remarkable rhetorical maneuver is to argue that we must “heal” the country, which means not passing any election-law changes in Congress, and then proceeds to argue in the very next paragraph for restoring “confidence” by imposing voter-suppression measures in the states:

After a year in which our nation has endured a global pandemic, economic hardship, and a contentious election, now is not the time to further inflame passion and division. It is time for our nation’s leaders to help America heal.

To restore public confidence in our elections, our leaders should uphold the Constitution, reject congressional Democrats’ plan to nationalize our elections, and get about the serious work of state-based reform that will protect the integrity of the vote for every American.

Healing the country means preventing Democrats from passing election laws, but Republicans must.

Republicans were turning against democracy before Trump came along. Then most of them decided to use him to advance their goals, and in the process, he refused to accept democracy as a core element of the base’s belief system. And now Pence seeks to lead them into a future in which minority rule can be locked in forever.

Pence planning first public speech since leaving office .
Former Vice President Mike Pence is planning his first speech since leaving office earlier this year. Pence will keynote a dinner hosted by the Palmetto Family Council -- a conservative Christian nonprofit group -- in South Carolina next month, an aide told The Associated Press over the weekend. Since vacating the vice presidency in January, Pence has been doing work with the conservative Heritage Foundation and Young America's Foundation. HePence will keynote a dinner hosted by the Palmetto Family Council -- a conservative Christian nonprofit group -- in South Carolina next month, an aide told The Associated Press over the weekend.

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This is interesting!