Pence the Snake

How bad was Mike Pence?

Worse than you thought. He had been backstabbing for the GOPe ever since he was chosen by Trump. Trump, a loyal person who values loyalty, must be beside himself at the treachery brought by his own handpicked sidekick.

I heard him personally at a Republican conference in New Orleans in 2010. He struck me as sincere and relatable. He had a knack for telling stories in a humorous way. Pence seemed to be great presidential material.

Once he got the VEEP nomination and the national stage, Pence came across quite differently. He seemed stiffer; he delivered speeches in a tone that was a little priggish. He lacked the common touch.

Still, he seemed solid.

When he was given the pandemic issue to handle early last year, Pence floundered. I felt Trump gave it to him as a stepping stone for showcasing his talents and teeing him up for 2024. After a few weeks of namby pamby, Trump took over the press conferences. Trump was all over and on top of the situation. Pence faded. That was a tip off that Pence wasn’t really in the game.

An article at American greatness by Carmen Catanzaro explains more of what Pence was up to. It is a must read.

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is a maxim of realpolitik and other matters where the stakes are high. To be effective in practice, an enemy invited into one’s organization needs to be kept truly close—that is, monitored carefully and always held accountable.

President Donald Trump appointed many NeverTrumpers and other enemies of his agenda—more significantly, enemies of his voters—to influential posts within his administration. In most cases, these appointees were not “kept close”—at least not close enough to prevent them from undermining his policies, his relationship with his political base, and his viability for reelection.

A true standout amid the vipers’ nest of Trump’s enemies who benefited from appointment to his administration is Nikki Haley. As disloyalty goes, she belongs in a class all of her own, enjoying urgings from Bill Kristol to run against Trump in 2020 even as she held office as a Trump appointee.

On the day when arguments concluded in the Democrats’ post-presidency impeachment trial of Trump, Haley was the subject of a fawning feature in the daily bible of the swamp, Politico.

Playing to her audience, Haley said “he’s not going to run for federal office again. I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture.”

Haley pronounced herself “disgusted” by Trump’s treatment of Vice President Pence. “Mike has been nothing but loyal to that man.”

Given a witness as untrustworthy as Haley, the question arises: Just how loyal was Mike Pence, anyway?

Haley collaborated closely with Pence during her tenure as Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations. As head of the transition team staffing the Trump Administration, Pence likely is largely responsible for NeverTrumper Haley gaining the sensitive and high-profile post. An indicator of the tight connection between Pence and Haley is that, in their gubernatorial campaigns in Indiana and South Carolina, they shared the same principal campaign consultant, the young Georgian Nick Ayers.

Before Trump picked him as running mate in 2016, Pence was, like Haley, a consistent neoconservative on foreign policy. He remained a neoconservative as Trump’s 2016 running mate and as vice president.

A Clone of Paul Ryan

As a member of Congress, Pence was never distinguishable in philosophy, rhetoric, or policy from John Boehner or Paul Ryan. As Trump’s running mate both in 2016 and in 2020, Pence resembled Mitt Romney’s 2012 running mate—and Romney himself—more than a fitting understudy to Donald Trump.

In his vice-presidential debate against Tim Kaine in 2016, Pence contradicted Trump’s policies on both Russia and Syria. Trump found it necessary to rebuke Pence over his remarks on Russia.

During the first month of Trump’s presidency, it was Pence who forced Trump’s unjust dismissal of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, saying that Flynn had misled him. The question remains: did Pence torpedo Flynn with malice aforethought, or was Pence duped as a useful idiot by the get-Flynn lynch mob that had been set into motion by Barack Obama, Joe “Logan Act” Biden, James Comey, and John Brennan? This much is certain: Flynn and Pence were diametrically opposed over foreign policy.

Pence’s demonstrations of treacly piety help disguise the fact that he is a cunning creature of the swamp.

During Trump’s first year in office, when the president indicated he wanted to make good on his promise to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, what did Pence do? He cut short an official overseas trip to team up with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Flynn’s unworthy successor, H.R. McMaster, in pressuring Trump to back down. This was an occasion when Trump was brazenly, publicly humiliated by his own subordinates.
“Why Would Mike Do That?”

In 2018, Trump was reported to be openly questioning Pence’s loyalty. This was when Pence attempted to install, as the vice president’s national security adviser, Nikki Haley’s top aide at the United Nations, while planning to allow this aide to work simultaneously on both Pence’s and Haley’s staff. Trump was informed that this man, Haley’s former pollster Jon Lerner—a man with essentially no background in national security policy or foreign affairs—had been responsible for big-spending anti-Trump ad campaigns in 2016. Trump ordered Pence to halt his plan to hire Lerner. The president was widely quoted on the occasion as having exclaimed, “Why would Mike do that?”

In 2019, Pence was at it again. Pence showed his neocon colors boldly when he took a high-visibility role in promoting the administration’s very un-Trump-like push for a “regime change” operation in Venezuela. Pence and the rest of the neocons are right, of course, that it would be in the United States’ interests for Communist dictator Nicolás Maduro to be removed and replaced by a pro-American leader. But their nonsensical embrace of a young, untested CIA acolyte, Juan Guaidó, was as absurd and feckless as any of the regime change and “nation-building” follies of George W. Bush.

Pence’s failed adventurism with Venezuela was a huge embarrassment to Trump. The president heaped blame on John Bolton for the Venezuela fiasco, but responsibility belonged at a higher level, with Pence.

Tellingly, Pence has landed a sinecure at Conservatism, Inc.’s mothership, the Heritage Foundation. There he will have a comfortable life reading woodenly from talking points unchanged in style or substance from those of the Bush-Cheney Administration. The Heritage platform and a PAC staffed with the usual suspects from the Republican political fundraising class will attempt to keep Pence “in the picture.”

Trump voters should think long and hard before transferring allegiance to Pence. Supporters of President Trump and his policies to get and keep America out of endless wars should retain Mike Pence’s neoconservative record in their memories. They should remember this especially whenever serial liars such as Nikki Haley laud Pence’s “loyalty.”

Fool me once…

Stop the Preaching!

Every day we wake up to another woke celebrity/wannabecelebrity/oligarch sharing his/her/xe opinions on how ordinary Americans should lead their lives.

Foremost among the admonitions is that of wearing a mask. No, two; no, three; maybe four! Not to wear a mask is considered by the celebretti a crime against humanity. No matter that they provide the same protection that a chain link fence does for a mosquito, we are told to mask up or granny will die.

Yesterday it was the detestable Chuck Todd who on his Meet The Press daily MSNBC show told Texans suffering in the cold, “the only upside here is I assume the cold weather motivates people to wear a mask, because it’s one extra layer on your face.” He went on to insult Texans even more. Todd said this was a serious matter because the storm has affected people in major Texas cities and not those who live in “rural areas.” That’s really how they feel in New York, DC and LA. If you’re not in a city, you don’t matter.

Thanks for the compassion, Chuck.

Bill Gates did not disappoint either. The billionaire Microsoft co-founder advised, “Countries that are well-off economically should give up meat entirely.”
Gates made the claim in an interview published Sunday in the MIT Technology Review, in which he touted his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.

CNS news reports,

Asked if plant-based and lab-grown meats “could be the full solution to the protein problem” globally caused by addressing the “highly potent emissions from burping livestock and fertilizer.” Gates said that poorer nations should be allowed to consume meat – but, prosperous nations should abstain from it entirely:

“So no, I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat.

“I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time.”

But, if citizens refuse to shun meat willfully, the government can “use regulation to totally shift the demand,” Gates said. “So for meat in the middle-income-and-above countries, I do think it’s possible.”

Gates is an investor, either personally or indirectly, in companies such as Beyond Meats and Impossible Foods, MIT Technology Review notes.

No wonder he wants the switch in wealthy countries!

When you’re another oligarch, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, you can preach, but the same standards don’t apply to you.

He wants all of us to get the Covid vaccine. On Facebook, he insists on it. Project Veritas points out:

Facebook announced last week that they are “expanding [their] efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines in general during the pandemic.”
Facebook said it would remove claims that vaccines change people’s DNA.
Facebook claims it wants people to “discuss, debate and share their personal experiences, opinions and views” as it pertains to the pandemic but will remove vaccine concerns from its platform that had once been expressed by their own CEO.

But that’s not what Zuckerberg really believes. Project Veritas caught him saying in July 2020: “But I do just want to make sure that I share some caution on this [vaccine] because we just don’t know the long-term side effects of basically modifying people’s DNA and RNA…basically the ability to produce those antibodies and whether that causes other mutations or other risks downstream. So, there’s work on both paths of vaccine development.”

But during a public live stream with Dr. Fauci in November 2020, Zuckerberg had a different take: “Just to clear up one point, my understanding is that these vaccines do not modify your DNA or RNA. So that’s just an important point to clarify.”

So you take the risk and he’ll abstain.

… And the Mocking

Legal Insurrection has had enough, too. This time it’s comedians who are working to undermine the American values everyday Americans care about.

They want you to be ashamed of your heritage.

A recent episode of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ targeted the nation’s founders.

Brian Flood reports at FOX News:

Stephen Colbert’s writer calls for reparations, calls Founding Fathers slave-owning ‘douche nozzles’

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” writer John Thibodeaux called for reparations and referred to America’s Founding Fathers as slave-owning “douche nozzles” on Thursday night.

The far-left Colbert was discussing the Biden administration’s effort to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill when Thibodeaux chimed in.

“It’s nice to be on the money, but we want to have the money. Recognition is nice. Reparations are better,” Thibodeaux said in a clip flagged by NewsBusters. “Plus, she won’t exactly be in the best company. You know who else is on those bills?”

Colbert began naming America’s Founding Fathers who appear on currency, starting with George Washington.

“Slave owner,” Thibodeaux interrupted.

Colbert then suggested Alexander Hamilton, who has gained fans on the left after the enormously success of the musical “Hamilton,” but Thibodeaux wasn’t a fan.

“Slave buyer,” Thibodeaux shot back.

Late Night with Seth Meyers recently went to bat for Ilhan Omar. Meyers was outraged that anyone would compare her to Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Emma Nolan writes at Newsweek:

Seth Meyers Condemns Fox for Comparing Marjorie Taylor Greene to Ilhan Omar

Seth Meyers has blasted Fox News for comparing Marjorie Taylor Greene to Ilhan Omar.

On Wednesday, Fox News’ Bill Hemmer sought to create an equivalence between the QAnon-supporting Greene and Omar.

“One might be weird and kooky…. the other is seen as racist,” Hemmer said of the two lawmakers from opposing parties.

Hemmer noted that Omar has previously faced accusations of anti-Semitism after criticizing some pro-Israel groups.

Joe Concha, who covers media for The Hill, has written an excellent analysis of this:

Without Trump, late-night ‘comedy’ becomes even more insufferable

Late-night comedy used to represent the ultimate escapism for viewers young and old: There was Carson, Letterman, Leno. Later came Stewart, Ferguson, O’Brien, Kimmel and Fallon.

Before June 2015, each of these men had a unique set of skills — skills they had acquired over very long careers. Short version: Each could make an audience laugh in his own way, aided by excellent writing staffs that could churn out quality content and A-list guests on a nightly basis.

But then Donald Trump rode down that escalator at Trump Tower, and within a short period of time became an unlikely frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president. This was an absolute Godsend, particularly for Stephen Colbert. Because at the time, the CBS late-night host was mired in third place in the TV ratings, well behind the Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel. On some nights, NBC’s 12:30 pm ET program beat his show at the friendlier 11:30 pm slot despite massive hype after being selected as Letterman’s replacement at the Ed Sullivan theater. It was looking like Chevy Chase all over again.

The reason for Colbert’s struggles was an easy one to trace: He seemed to want his show to appeal only to the half of the country that saw conservatives and Republicans as evil idiots. A Hollywood Reporter survey in November 2015 showed that only 17 percent of self-described Republicans watched Colbert. For context, Jimmy Fallon, almost entirely apolitical and the ratings winner at the time, the split was only 36-31 Democrats to Republicans.

The hosts of these shows put their personal politics ahead of everything. It’s selfish and childish, but they don’t care. Loyalty to the left is all that matters to them.

Sailors Get Woke

Anyone paying attention knows that our military is not run by the patriots of the past. Most of the hierarchy has sold out or been infiltrated by progressive/woke/liberals who are intent on changing it substantively.

In June of last year, the Navy got on board big time. They formed a task force “to address the issues of racism, sexism and other destructive biases and their impact on naval readiness.” Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday said, “As a Navy—uniform and civilian, active and reserve—we cannot tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind. We must work to identify and eliminate individual and systemic racism within our force. That is why we are standing up Task Force One Navy, which will work to identify and remove racial barriers and improve inclusion within our Navy.”

The result is they want every military person to pledge this:

The pledge reads: “As a key member of Task Force One Navy I will invest the time, attention and empathy required to analyze and evaluate Navywide issues related to racism, sexism, ableism and other structural and interpersonal biases.

“I pledge to be actively inclusive in the public and private spheres where I live and work, and proactively encourage others to do the same.

“I pledge to advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every Sailor in the Navy.

“I pledge to engage in ongoing self-reflection, education and knowledge sharing to better myself and my communities.

“I pledge to be an example in establishing healthy, inclusive and team-oriented environments.

“I pledge to constructively share all experiences and information gained from activities above to inform the development of Navywide reforms.”

Now no one wants discrimination, but maybe the military should go back to what their purpose is – defending the nation.