|Mike Pence Dominionist: The Next President of the United States? by Steve Jonas|
February 26, 2017
Is Donald Trump already headed for self-destruction? Or headed for an even more expensive Trump-branding business? Or indeed headed for Trump-TV with an even bigger name recognition quotient? Or impeachment by a Republican Party that quickly gets fed up with his total incompetence as Precedent or even more importantly with certain policies of his, especially in foreign affairs, and impeaches him? Or perhaps it’s one or more of the at least five possible criminal investigations that are going on or might be going on that could catch up with him.
The five that I know of are: a possible RICO investigation connected with Trump University (and his settlement of the T.U. civil suits would not dis-connect him from such an investigation); Trump appears to have violated the U.S. embargo against Cuba (which would be highly ironic since he in part won Florida because of the “Cuban vote”); Trump may have violated the U.S. sanctions against Iran; and, if Russia really did interfere with the election and Trump’s communications with them during the elections in any way, even indirectly, dealt with interference, that would likely come under the definition of treason.
Now, with Sessions in charge at would become The “Justice” Department, none of these would likely proceed, at the Federal level. But one more states attorneys general might want to take one or more of them up, as New York Attorney General Schneiderman did with Trump University. And of course, this list says nothing about the non-criminal conflicts-of-interest which could very well arise in the Trump Presidency, and could lead to him being forced out of it, by route or another. So far, The Washington Post has counted 111 of them.
Which brings us to Vice-President Mike Pence, who could easily become President Mike Pence by any one or more of the routes described above. Despite the fact that Pence made nice about the incident at “Hamilton” while his putative boss went on one of his classic Twitter rampages about the cast’s plea that an inclusive policy should emanate from the White House, in terms of policy and his underlying philosophy of government and positon on Constitutional government, Pence would be even worse than Trump. I have detailed much of this material in an earlier column partially on Pence, but it is certainly worth looking at again, at least in my view. In summary, Pence, nice smile and all, is a very dangerous political figure, on many fronts, but most especially on his underlying ideology that his religious doctrines — which begin with placing “God” above the Constitution (that’s called “Dominionism”) — should dominate government policy on a wide variety of issues.
Pence had thought about running for the current Repub. nomination in 2015; after that didn’t pan out for him he was actually an early Cruz supporter, who then switched to Trump when the former dropped out. As far as I can tell, he has not yet been openly labelled as a Dominionist, but his policies clearly place him in that camp. Not particularly in order of importance:
But he made it very clear that he wants Roe v. Wade reversed, which would permit states like his to criminalize abortion, on religious grounds. That is, he would use the power of the State to enforce the religious views of one segment of the population (and it doesn’t matter whether they constitute a majority or not) on everyone else. That, folks, is called theocracy, operating under a theory of government called Dominionism or Reconstructionism (the U.S. is to be “reconstructed” under religious law).
Further, according to Jeremy Scahill, Pence has said that:
We’ll see Roe v. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs,’ . . . . As governor of Indiana, Pence signed a law requiring fetal tissue from abortions to be buried or cremated. . . He has long sought to have 14th Amendment protections applied to fetuses, arguing that they should be declared persons. In Congress, Pence voted to criminally punish doctors who performed late-term abortions, except in cases where the woman’s life was in danger. . . . Pence opposed efforts to widen hate crimes laws to include attacks on LGBT people.
Mr. Scahill documents a whole series of Pence’s far-right positions on everything from making the Patriot Act permanent to comparing “radical Islam” to the “evil empire of the Soviet Union,” but in my view, it is his above positions, ones that are all based on a particular religious doctrine, and placing them above any consideration of Constitutional law, that make this man particularly dangerous. Despite his nice smile. Worse even than Trump? To the extent that theocracy is worse even than conventional Repub./Far Right government — plus Trump’s abominable personality/mental status/racism-Islamophobia-mysogny — yes.
November 29, 2013
THE GREATEST danger to Israel is not the putative Iranian nuclear bomb. The greatest danger is the stupidity of our leaders.