The bar of acceptable behavior in politics plummeted during the Trump years. That’s a no brainer. But now we learn — and not surprisingly so — that there are people in Washington who regard Mike Pence as a hero…for doing the freaking job he swore an oath to do. Yes. That’s where we are in this country, that if an elected official actually has the integrity to do the job that s/he swore an oath to do, under the constitution, then, by God they’re a hero if they do what they’re supposed to do.
What mitigates my joy with Mike Pence and why I don’t see him as a hero, is that he researched the topic of what his powers as vice president were. That indicates, to me at least, that if he could have found a way to plausibly go along with Trump’s mad scheme, he would have.
Mike Pence is no moral giant. Rather, he made a decision that it would be less risky, all things considered, to not overthrow the government than to go ahead and overthrow it. And I’m sure he agonized over the decision, because I have no doubt he would have just loved to stay in power and institute his dream, a theocratic government.
I can’t find a cut of this on Twitter, but when I do I’ll come back and post it here. It is pretty unbelievable.
But then again, considering the way we live nowadays, when nobody in the GOP can be expected to do anything other than follow the orange madman, maybe Pence is indeed a hero. Everything is relative. If I know one thing about life, it is that everything is relative.
On that basis it’s not totally insane that the former White House counsel would want to give the highest honor in the land to the former vice president for merely doing the job that he swore an oath to do.
Never thought I would see the day, but then again think it through: 1) The GOP has no moral compass, it got smashed long ago; 2) Ergo anybody who even behaves as if s/he has a moral compass left and who does the right thing, is a hero. Welcome to the new subnormal.