I received my copy of Imprimis today. To steal a line from President Obama during the recent Medal of Honor ceremony, of Mike Pence and his speech on the Presidency, “I really like this guy.” The same day I received the publication I saw Mike on Fox News and I have to tell you, if he is running for office of the President in 2012, he is my man.
In Pence I can see the humility of man, the reverence of God, the love of country and the unbridled patriotism we have missed since the era of Reagan. The speech he wrote on the role of the President can be found here, but a few parts that moved me are below:
Isn’t it amazing, given the great and momentous nature of the office, that those who seek it seldom pause to consider what they are seeking? Rather, unconstrained by principle or reflection, there is a mad rush toward something that, once its powers are seized, the new president can wield as an instrument with which to transform the nation and the people according to his highest aspirations.
But, other than in a crisis of the house divided, the presidency is neither fit nor intended to be such an instrument. When it is made that, the country sustains a wound, and cries out justly and indignantly. And what the nation says is the theme of this address. What it says—informed by its long history, impelled by the laws of nature and nature’s God—is that we as a people are not to be ruled and not to be commanded. It says that the president should never forget this; that he has not risen above us, but is merely one of us, chosen by ballot, dismissed after his term, tasked not to transform and work his will upon us, but to bear the weight of decision and to carry out faithfully the design laid down in the Constitution in accordance with the Declaration of Independence.
Indeed this midterm election cycle did just that, however, it appears the current President cannot return to the center and is enabled by a Congress that refuses to acknowledge what the events that unfolded Nov 2 were all about.
All too well Pence has zeroed in on the character flaws of the current president with words like this:
The president is not our teacher, our tutor, our guide or ruler. He does not command us; we command him. We serve neither him nor his vision. It is not his job or his prerogative to redefine custom, law, and beliefs; to appropriate industries; to seize the country, as it were, by the shoulders or by the throat so as to impose by force of theatrical charisma his justice upon 300 million others. It is neither his job nor his prerogative to shift the power of decision away from them, and to him and the acolytes of his choosing.
And he is absolutely correct. We have seen this played out in the last two years since Obama’s election. Examples are too numerous to cite, many here at Redstate. We do feel that as a nation we have been roughed up and tossed about by a blustering bully who condescends to our stratosphere from time to time.
And then he nails it. Pence further goes on to state that the president must realize and come to terms with the specific powers accorded to him and the limitations placed on those powers both by man and by God. Obama has no such realization because he does not feel any limitations, and if there be any, they are not placed by man, nor are they placed by God, but by an intellectually inferior class of people to rule. Inept, unintelligent populace, that is the stumbling block for Obama.
From there Pence goes on to further indict the Commander in Chief in his behavior abroad with these words:
You do not bow to kings. Outside our shores, the President of the United States of America bows to no man. When in foreign lands, you do not criticize your own country. You do not argue the case against the United States, but the case for it. You do not apologize to the enemies of the United States. Should you be confused, a country, people, or region that harbors, shelters, supports, encourages, or cheers attacks upon our country or the slaughter of our friends and families are enemies of the United States. And, to repeat, you do not apologize to them.
The whole piece is terrific. In writing it Pence tell the reader about himself and if he makes a run for the White House in 2012, he will be my Reagan.