I don’t know when it happened, and given that he is not much in the public eye, Mike Pence’s absence was not even noted nor notable. But sometime in the past few months, Mike Pence had a lobotomy. Yes, folks, he had a large portion of his brain removed from within his skull. The proof is in the following editorial he wrote (annotated by my snarky remarks, of course), published in USA Today on 08 November 2017:
One year ago Wednesday, President Donald J. Trump won a historic victory. But even more historic has been President Trump’s record of accomplishment ever since. (Reversing prior sound policy and dividing a nation are not what I would call accomplishment)
It’s been a year of action. It’s been a year of results. And it’s been a year that will be remembered as the time we began to Make America Great Again. (The only actions have been negative, and the only results have been to ruin our reputation abroad and create irreparable divisiveness on the domestic front. And define ‘great’, and ‘great’ for whom?)
Thanks to the president’s leadership, the American economy is roaring. Businesses have created nearly 1.5 million new jobs (employment rate is actually lower than it was for much of the last 4 years under President Obama – see chart at bottom). Manufacturers haven’t been this confident in 20 years. The stock market is setting records (it is an unsupported rise and when it crashes, as it will, millions will lose everything), creating nearly $5 trillion in wealth for the pension, retirement and savings of the American people. And after eight years of lackluster growth, the economy has already expanded by at least 3% for two quarters in a row. (the GDP met or exceeded 3% eight times under Obama)
The U.S. economy is making a comeback because President Trump has taken decisive action to spur a new era of opportunity, prosperity and growth. (The trend began under the Obama administration)
We’ve unleashed American energy, approved the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, and under President Trump, the “war on coal” is over. (There is no longer a vast market for coal, as sustainable energy sources, ie wind and solar, have proven cleaner and less expensive. Coal mining is a dinosaur destined for extinction)
We’re appointing originalists to the federal courts, to uphold the Constitution and all our God-given liberties. And President Trump put Justice Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. (the rights to which you refer are given under the Constitution, they are not “God-given”. You imply God gave the right to carry guns? Further, the framers of the Constitution fully intended it to be a living document, interpreted in such a manner as suited the times, realizing that changes would come that they could not imagine)
President Trump has also taken decisive action to ensure the safety and security of the American people, at home and abroad. He has stood without apology with the men and women of law enforcement. We’re securing our borders, enforcing our laws and taking the gang members, drug dealers and violent criminals off our streets. (The majority of our crime is committed by white male citizens, not Hispanics, not Middle-Easterners. No wall, no travel ban, can protect us from the average John Doe with a gun)
The president is putting our veterans first. He signed bills to restore accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs and give veterans access to the world-class care they deserve.
We’re rebuilding our military. President Trump has already signed the largest increase in defense spending in nearly 10 years, and we are working with Congress to pass one of the largest investments in the national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan. (We already had the single largest military budget in the western world — see chart below — and yet we would take health care from millions to expand the already bloated military budget)
With renewed American strength, the president is achieving real results on the international stage. (True, we have gone from a well-respected ally to the laughingstock to a pariah, all in just 9 short months)
Our NATO allies are contributing more to our common defense. ISIS is on the run, and its caliphate is crumbling (to the extent this may be true, the credit belongs to many, not solely to Trump). This president reaffirmed the credibility of American power when he enforced a red line against chemical weapons in Syria (killing civilians willy nilly in the process). He put Iran on notice and made it clear that we cannot certify the Iran nuclear deal (the deal was being upheld by Iran and there is no reason for us not to certify it). And our administration has brought unprecedented economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on North Korea. (all he has done is increase the risk of an armed conflict by taunting Kim Jong-un)
It has been a year of accomplishments, and we’re just getting started. Before this year is out, we’ll pass historic tax cuts for the American people. And with President Trump’s leadership, I know: We will Make America Great Again. (If the tax cuts pass, it will only raise the deficit and hurt the very people who most need help, while helping those who need it least)
One year after the 2016 election … I remember crying that night, and now I remember why. Either Mike Pence has had a substantial portion of his brain removed, or he is on hallucinogenic drugs, or he is so afraid of Trump that he is toeing the Trump line. Whichever it is, he is wrong.
Employment Rates 2007 – 2017