Tonight the two VP candidates will face off in their only debate. Of course the media is all agog about the debate. And, it will probably be all that is talked about for the next week.
However, there are some things that really do matter, but will probably not be covered in the debate. You are told over and over how Mike Pence is the “stabilizing” factor of the GOP ticket. You are told he has a steady hand and a calm demeanor. He would never use negative attacks to gain power.
Most of that narrative is a lie. Maybe he won’t use negative attacks to gain power, but he won’t do anything but support the radical, racist and misogynistic candidate at the head of his ticket. You may think that is only because of politics and being the running mate.
You would be wrong. Mike Pence is even more dangerous, if that is possible, than Donald Trump. Especially when it comes to social issues. To put it plainly, Mike Pence is a fraud in his own right.
Remember, this is the Governor who signed one of the first “Religious Freedom Acts” that made it legal to discriminate against LGBT in business practices based on “religious beliefs”.
When there was a huge outcry about the bill, he rolled back some of it, but most remains in tack. As a matter of fact, a woman who has been charged with child abuse is using this very law as her defense. She claims that she had to beat her child because she was saving him from Satan.
If she wins her case based on this vile law, it will open the flood gates for anyone who wishes to abuse their children with a “defensible” argument based on the RFA law that Pence wanted passed so badly.
While Pence’s running mate keeps talking about the violence in Chicago, he never seems to mention that Indianapolis, IN has a bigger murder per capita than Chicago. Last year, Indianapolis had a murder rate of 16.9 per 100,000 people. That topped Chicago’s rate.
Buying guns in Indiana was always easy. Mike Pence made it even easier. He even retroactively stopped the City of Gary from suing gun manufacturers. It is so easy to get guns in Indiana, the Chicago Police Department reports that up to 40% of all recovered guns used in murder crimes in Chicago were purchased in Indiana.
Then there are the usual anti stances. You know the ones. Anti-same sex marriage. Anti-abortion. Anti-equal pay for women. Anti-climate change. Anti-clean water and air policies. Anti-minimum wage. Mike Pence is a phony who claims to be a “Conservative Christian” which is an oxymoron at best.
Sorry, but Christianity preaches love and inclusion through the “brotherhood of man” including women. Conservative Christianity teaches hate, segregation, and the subordination of women.
Then yesterday the RNC was bragging about the next “Willie Horton” ads. It turns out that they plan to run ads criticizing Kaine for being a defense attorney. Imagine that. The party that claims to love the constitution is going to run ads against the VP nominee of the Democratic Party because he was giving those accused of a crime the legal representation that is guaranteed in our Constitution.
When Bobby Jindal left office in Louisiana, the Public Defense Office was so short of funds it was on the verge of non-existence. So, according to the new Alt-Right RNC, we are now supposed to be guilty until proven innocent. How convenient.
Some of Kaine’s fellow Senators want him to make Mike Pence own Trump’s rhetoric. That is not necessary. He has owned them even before Trump asked him to be his running mate.
But, I doubt we will hear anything about these issues. We won’t see Pence held to the fire to explain his policies and past laws that discriminated against citizens. No, we will hear a bunch of nonsense like we always do.
But, I am not sure it will matter. Vice Presidential Debates rarely move the needle. People do not vote for the Vice President, they vote for President. I will watch tonight, but tonight unlike the Presidential Debate, I will probably have my bottle of wine next to me. Sometimes that is the only way to get through the same stale and false Republican talking points.
I am just wondering if Trump will figure out a way to take the headlines away from this debate and back onto himself. The man can’t stand anyone else taking headlines away from him, even if he needs to do or say something stupid.
I know, maybe he will take the stage tonight instead of Pence. That would be something wouldn’t it?