By Christopher G. Adamo | RINOTracker.us
The website “Politico” exulted this past week that Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s presidential aspirations have “crumbled.” Their jubilation is no surprise, considering the transparent liberal bias with which they “report” news. Equally predictable is that they completely misrepresent the reasons for Pence’s sudden downward spiral in the eyes of the public. If Politico was to be believed (always a dubious prospect), Pence lost favor with the American people on account of his support for the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, just as he did with every group of leftist activists, along with those businesses and organizations who have sold out to such special interests.
Yet neither the RFRA, nor liberal media claims of its universal disapproval among the American people, bear any connections to reality. A fifty-seven percent majority of Americans support the bill and its intent. And given the hesitance of some to honestly answer pollsters for fear of repercussions, the actual number is certain to be higher still. Nevertheless, the political fortunes of Mike Pence have indeed taken a dive, but for reasons neither liberal Democrats nor GOP insiders want the American people to ever recognize.
Recall the much maligned 2013 “government shutdown,” another supposedly disastrous political endeavor by the Republicans. According to conventional “wisdom,” the GOP is universally despised for ever depriving the American people of their beloved government goods and services. Consequently, to this day House and Senate Republicans instantly capitulate the moment any of their plans are met with Democrat threats of a government “shutdown.” Yet going back to the 1995 “Budget Battle” between the Republican Congress and Bill Clinton, public opinion turned decidedly against the Democrats, right up until the moment the Republicans waved the white flag and conceded.
Bill Clinton’s ratings were at their lowest point of his entire first term during that noted standoff, and he actually considered capitulating. Unfortunately, then Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole beat him to the punch, with his infamous “Enough is enough” concession. From that point forward, Clinton’s numbers rebounded while Dole’s plummeted. And why not? It was from Dole’s own words that blame was laid squarely at the feet of the GOP. And it was Dole’s acquiescence to Clinton, as much as anything else, that cemented the notion of Clinton as a superior politician and led to his reelection victory over Dole in 1996.
In a similar manner, Mike Pence had a golden opportunity to prove to the American people that, as a supposed conservative, he could brave the inevitable firestorm of leftist caterwauling that increasingly accompanies any effort to deviate in the slightest from the liberal agenda. Had he stood firm, and proven that he values even more than dollars from special interests, the inherent right of Americans to uphold their faith, the nation would have rallied to him. But seeking escape from his plight, he betrayed any trust the people might have placed in him.
Of course Pence wasn’t alone. Facing his own time in the hot seat for a similar statute, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson backed down and demanded the measure be gutted. Offering an excuse reminiscent of Jimmy Carter’s embarrassing stumble during the 1976 Reagan/Carter presidential debates, when Carter attempted to invoke daughter Amy’s opinion on America’s nuclear strategy, Hutchinson explained that his own son instructed him to veto the bill. Is that the basis on which Arkansans believe their state’s policies should be determined?
Meanwhile, real violations of the law and the American ideal have occurred at the hands of those same countercultural leftists who sanctimoniously and fraudulently preach “tolerance” to the rest of us. Upon learning that Memories Pizza of Walkerton Indiana would not consider catering a homosexual “marriage,” (and although the question was posed in a purely hypothetical sense) all the hounds of liberal hell descended on the family business, threatening violence and destruction against it. Where was Pence? Where were all of the raging hypocrites of the business world who decried the RFRA for the supposed harm it might cause to people? Clearly, no leftist cause or political endeavor is to be served by standing with the beleaguered O’Connor family who own Memories Pizza, so their plight has been ignored. The silence of these open-minded leftists and weak-kneed Republicans has predictably been deafening.
Having attempted to cave and waffle his way back into the good graces of a leftist political machine that detests him (a sentiment it held long before the RFRA ruckus ever ensued) Pence has sunk to the point of begging his detractors to “put this behind us,” which is only guaranteed to further energize them. The entire anti-religious freedom movement has been carefully orchestrated by radical left-wing Alinskyites, apart from any real groundswell of sentiment from the people. Does Pence actually believe that granting such venomous people so profound a triumph will appease their lust for uncontested power?
As the dust settles on Indiana’s RFRA, and facts prevail over the fraud and propaganda of bloodthirsty liberal activists, it will become glaringly apparent to the American people that Indiana Governor Mike Pence abdicated his oath-bound duty to protect the Hoosier state from institutionalized bullying at the hands of the leftist counterculture. When the undistorted reality of Indiana’s law is made evident, those in government who derided it in hopes of ducking controversy will be revealed as insincere and cowardly.
Those Americans who might have wondered how resolutely a President Pence might stand (against the Iranians for example), have their answer. If worthwhile constitutional protections of the beliefs of innocent people can be so easily sacrificed on the morally diseased altar of “political correctness,” no precept of America’s time honored freedoms will remain safe from leftist encroachments. And such “Republicans” as Mike Pence cannot be counted upon to stand in the gap on their behalf.
Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of Wyoming. He has participated in local and state level political campaigns, as well as having written articles for regional and national print publications. For many years, he wrote a popular weekly column that appeared throughout the Internet. During the course of his political involvement, he came to the realization that liberalism is alive and well inside of the GOP. And it is there that it must be overcome if conservatism and the principles of America’s founding are to prevail in modern politics. It was for this reason that he and Chip McLean established Rinotracker.us.