Fresh from his win at the Values Voters Summit, Mike Pence addressed Hillsdale College with another rousing speech.
Clearly, he is interested in running for President. In fact, the presidency was the topic of this speech delivered at the conservative college.
“A president who slights the Constitution is like a rider who hates his horse; he will be thrown, and the nation along with him.” Calling for a return to first principles, Pence articulates that the “president sets the tone for the other branches and spurs the expectations of the people. We are not to be ruled and not to be commanded. A republic is about limitation,” he says.
Today, the presidency “has run off the rails. The president is not our teacher.” His disgust with Barack Obama comes through when he says that we must “be wary of a president who seems to float upon his own greatness.” And Pence does not think that bowing to a king, as Obama did several times to the Saudi king and Japan’s emperor, fits with the nation’s profile.
Pence goes on to outline the duties of the president from role model to foreign policy strategist to Commander in Chief. He also slams the idea of a living constitution and the attempts to use youth as a propaganda tool in the way Obama has. He slaps down the Democrat Congress as “legislators who knit laws of such insulting complexity that they are heavier than chains.”
With Reagan like optimism he sees “us like those in Philadelphia in 1776. Danger all around, but a fresh chapter, ready to begin, uncorrupted, with great possibilities.”
Something makes me wonder if he needed a teleprompter for this speech. He probably didn’t have to turn his head side to side as Obama does, as if he’s watching a tennis match rather than giving his heartfelt opinions. It doesn’t sound like he needed to wag his finger at us, either.
More likely, it came from the heart.