Mike Pence Shows Hypocrisy In Views On Protesting

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Vice President Mike Pence’s response to the protests following the police-involved killing of George Floyd is putting a spotlight on his past actions.  Someone in his office needs to step up their game so they are not so laughable in their public statements.

Pence said in a tweet, “Our prayers are with the family of George Floyd and our prayers are also with the family of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. We have no tolerance for racism in America.”

It should be noted that Pence forgot to mention the main reason for the protests.  That being white cops KILLED a black American in front of the entire nation.

A follow-up tweet continued:

“We believe in law and order in this Country. We condemn violence against property or persons. We will always stand for the right of Americans to peacefully protest and let their voices be heard.”

But in the past, Pence has turned his back on peaceful protest. In October 2017, the former Indiana governor tweeted that he walked out of Lucas Oil Stadium after a group of San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and social injustice.

“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence tweeted minutes after leaving the stadium.  Pence did not address how much that photo op cost American taxpayers.

He flew to the game to watch the protest. He walked out not watching the game. He flew on the taxpayer dime for a political stunt. Let us be honest and state that Pence is part of the problem. He’s part of a white nationalist movement in the nation.  And it must end.

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Gov. Evers Should Have Greeted Vice President Pence At Airport

Though this blog is called Caffeinated Politics, and it never is too difficult to determine which side of the political divide I align with, it also is never hard to determine that I stand on some long-held foundations.  Foundations that are perhaps Mid-Western, and clearly ones instilled decades ago, when as a boy, my parents were determined to raise a kid they could be proud to claim as their own.

Tuesday when Vice-President Mike Pence visited Madison we had all the optics that accompany such an occasion.  The massive jet landing at Truax and the clapping crowd to welcome him.  The motorcade that zipped its way to the State Capitol, the protestors who opposed the education funding policy that was the topic of the day, and the school kids who were a backdrop to the podium.  It was all part and parcel of what takes place when such notables make a stop in the statehouse.

And it needs to be noted for the sake of history buffs, that Pence was, by all those who keep such data, the first vice-president to have been inside our Capitol.  So it was noteworthy to be sure.  Regardless of politics.

And that is where I am headed.

What was missing from the occasion was Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers meeting and shaking the hand of Pence.  It was the most awkward and unpleasant part of the day from my perspective.

I am very aware of the fundamental differences between the two parties, the chaos that drives our political differences deeper and wider.  I am very aware of what has happened to the body politic since the election of 2016.  But I am also mindful that President Lincoln made a cabinet of those who had less than warm regards for him.  It was Jack Kennedy who brought Lyndon Johnson inside the tent.

When the polite niceties that cost us nothing–such as a handshake and a greeting–are tossed aside for what has to assume are due to the most base of reasons then perhaps it is time to really get dispirited about our politics.

Yes, Pence was in town to score points against Evers over private schools and public funding.  Yes, there was a most important secondary reason for the trip that has to do with our state being a most pivotal one come November’s presidential election.   For those who work in politics every day, this is to be expected.

But all that makes for even more reason to show that in the midst of the storm one has the ability to step forward and shake the hand of an opponent. By so doing it shows that there is no rancor when it comes to being a gentleman, a nice guy from Wisconsin, a fellow governor.

It was not a good look for Evers who missed not only being in a historic photo with Pence at the statehouse but for becoming smaller as a person.

And so it goes.

VP Pence Has Something To Hide

There are many stories each day about the impeachment process now underway in Washington.  But this story rises to the top of the reading pile for who it points a finger at for carrying too much water for Donald Trump.

A national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence submitted additional classified evidence to House impeachment investigators about a phone call between Pence and Ukraine’s president, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff revealed Friday.

In a letter to Pence, Schiff (D-Calif.) asked the vice president to declassify supplemental testimony from the aide, Jennifer Williams, about Pence’s Sept. 18 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, arguing that there is no “legitimate basis” to keep it secret.

“Having reviewed the supplemental submission, the committee strongly believes that there is no legitimate basis for the Office of the Vice President to assert that the information … is classified,” Schiff added in his letter to Pence, whose office has refused to turn over a slew of documents that investigators requested in October.

Schiff’s letter represents the first sign that House impeachment investigators are still actively pursuing the Ukraine investigation, even after they compiled a 300-page report detailing what Democrats say is a campaign by President Donald Trump to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate his political rivals.

There is no doubt as to the fact Donald Trump led a conspiracy to use American foreign policy for his own personal partisan benefit. What is coming more to light as the evidence mounts is credible information linking the vice president to the dirty deeds and the conspiracy to keep it under wraps.

Trump Should Not Make Money On Presidency

Not for the first time do I call Donald Trump a grifter.  I wrote a post all about the unseemly money gabbing side of his entire family this past month.  There is now more reason to focus on that aspect as the recent trip to Ireland by Vice-President Pence demonstrates.

It was announced today Congressman Elijah Cummings, who is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, along with Congressman Jerry Nadler, who chairs the Judiciary Committee have joined forces to dive into the murky depths of what happened when Pence stayed–at of all places–Trump Doonbeg in Ireland.

This, of course, is also an investigation into Trump’s boastful desire to host the G-7 at his resort in Miami.

There is no doubt to any reasonable observer that Trump, and his family, have one object in mind from his holding the highest office in the land.  Trump is abusing his office for the sake of making money.  I have called for the impeachment of Trump, and one of the reasons that support his removal is his attempt to personally profit from his office.

The ‘smoking gun’ over the Pence matter came from none other than Marc Short who serves as his chief of staff.  It was on the record that Short stated Trump told Pence’s staff that they should stay in his hotel in Ireland.  To cover up that verbal mess it was soon reported that it was only Pence who determined where to lay his head for the night.

If that does not reek of a cover-up I am not sure what would.

I know the bar is so low for ethical behavior in this White House, and what passes for good taste has been tossed out with all the vegetables from Trump’s plate.  But for the rest of us who still believe in higher standards of conduct, along with a higher calling for those who are elected, we must not bend or break.  We need to have investigations and keep pursuing what we know are the proper rules of conduct.  If we fail to register our dismay, or seek to remedy these matters, then Trump and his ilk will have truly won.

We must never allow that to happen.

Laugh At The Next Conservative Republican Who Talks About Fiscal Austerity

Fiscal conservatives on the campaign trail—but what they will not do to waste money once in office. 

Vice President Mike Pence’s early departure from an NFL game last year because of players kneeling during the national anthem was very likely staged and also expensive for taxpayers, according to a new report.  The former Indiana governor visited Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Oct. 8, 2017, with the stated intention of being on hand as Peyton Manning’s jersey was retired at halftime of the Colts’ game against the San Francisco 49ers.

But he didn’t stick around long enough for that ceremony or any part of the game. Pence stood with hand over heart for the playing of the national anthem prior to the game. At the same time, several 49ers players knelt on the sideline, continuing the protest against social injustice started by former teammate Colin Kaepernick.  So Pence left the game, stating later on Twitter, “I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem” and “I stand with @POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”

Trump then tweeted “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”

The Huffington Post reported Saturday that receipts and folios recently released by the Department of Homeland Security indicate that Pence’s trip ran up more than $75,000 in expenses, including hotel and travel costs and additional security measures.  The article also took into account a Washington Post report from last year that indicated the use of Air Force Two for the trip would have cost an additional $250,000, bringing the total cost of Pence’s excursion to more than $325,000.  The Huffington Post goes on to suggest that dates and times listed on the documents provide evidence that the trip may have been a hastily planned publicity stunt about the protests during the anthem, rather than one that had been long-planned for the Manning ceremony.

Temporary downtown walkways ($2,368) deployed for Pence’s visit were ordered from a rental company only two days before the game and scheduled to be removed at 4 p.m. on Sunday, hardly enough time for someone to view a 1 p.m. NFL game in its entirety and then depart.  A Pence staffer did inform pool reporters in advance that Pence might leave the game early, but did not indicate a specific time.  

Fiscal conservatives, indeed.

Hypocrisy, Mike Pence Style

I have always looked at those who stand next to, or slightly behind, a powerful person who is speaking.   How does a First Lady look at her husband, how do legislators gathered around look when a committee chair is holding a press conference, how do deputies look when a sheriff is talking to reporters about a case.   In other words, how do those not central to the story hold themselves when also in the view of cameras.

Vice-President Mike Pence has stood beside (and politically alongside) Donald Trump from the start.  Sweating over his political fortunes in Indiana Pence was happy to land a job in Washington.  But to do that job ‘successfully’ he needs to allow for no daylight between himself and the owner of the shirt collar he seems so intent on studying.

But now comes some old writing and words from Pence which were written and spoken in the 1990s.  The paragraphs when read now, are hollow and laced with hypocrisy since there has not been a single word of reproach over the lifestyle and character of the one he attached himself to in 2106.

On the second count, that the President is ‘just like the rest of us’, he is the most powerful man in the world. If you and I fall into bad moral habits, we can harm our families, our employers and our friends. The President of the United States can incinerate the planet. Seriously, the very idea that we ought to have at or less than the same moral demands placed on the Chief Executive that we place on our next door neighbor is ludicrous and dangerous. Throughout our history, we have seen the presidency as the repository of all of our highest hopes and ideals and values. To demand less is to do an injustice to the blood that bought our freedoms.

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Further, the Presidents repeated lies to the American people in this matter compound the case against him as they demonstrate his failure to protect the institution of the presidency as the ‘inspiring supreme symbol of all that is highest in our American ideals’. Leaders affect the lives of families far beyond their own ‘private life’. In the Bible story of Esther we are told of a king who was charged to put right his own household because there would be “no end of disrespect and discord” among the families of the kingdom if he failed to do so. In a day when reckless extramarital sexual activity is manifesting itself in our staggering rates of illegitimacy and divorce, now more than ever, America needs to be able to look to her First Family as role models of all that we have been and can be again.

Vice-President Pence Caught In Zionism Run Amok Thanks To Trump

The Washington Post correctly captures the twists and turns when Zionism is unleashed as U.S. policy.  The ramifications of the Jerusalem matter will be felt for many years.  The lack of a willingness to meet with V.P. Pence at this time will be seen as an asterisk to the larger anger the policy allows to be unleashed.  Jerusalem must be an international city with safeguards for all religions.  Israel needs to know where borders start and end–they have always had problems reading maps.

Vice President Pence was scheduled to leave Tuesday, arriving in Egypt on Wednesday for a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and from there was scheduled to visit Israel before traveling to Germany to meet with U.S. troops stationed there.

Pence’s office said Monday that the trip was being delayed so he can stay in Washington until votes on the tax cut legislation are completed. He is now expected to travel to the Middle East during the week of Jan. 14, according to senior White House officials.

His trip has been complicated because of the uproar in the Middle East over President Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Earlier this month Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not meet with Pence on his trip because of this announcement.

The Jerusalem decision — which included eventually moving the U.S. Embassy there — sparked widespread opposition among Christians in the Middle East and complicated another aspect of Pence’s trip. The pope of the Egyptian Coptic church, who leads the largest Christian denomination in the Middle East, also canceled his planned meeting in Cairo with the vice president.

“Hamilton” Had Some Unscripted Words For Mike Pence

Hat Tip to Brooks.

People in this nation are concerned about the results of the election and are in no mood to pretend all is fine.  

“Hamilton,” the hit Broadway musical about colonial rebels shaping the future of an unformed country, took an even more political turn at the end of its performance on Friday night.

With Vice President-elect Mike Pence attending the show, the cast used the opportunity to make a statement emphasizing the need for the new administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump, a Republican, to work on behalf of all Americans.

It was a deeply felt and altogether rare appeal from the stage of a Broadway show — and it drew a surprisingly sharp rebuke from Mr. Trump on Saturday morning. The president-elect tweeted that the “Hamilton” cast had “harassed” Mr. Pence by making the statement and had been “very rude.”

“Apologize!” Mr. Trump wrote at the end of one of two tweets on the matter.

As the play ended, the actor who played Aaron Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon, acknowledged that Mr. Pence was in the audience, thanked him for attending and added, “We hope you will hear us out.”

“We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”