There’s always something about going “home” to your old stomping grounds, whether it’s where you spent your childhood, or whether you came of age or went to high school there, or whether it’s where you got married or took a job that lasted long enough to call it yours.
If you’re a good person — I truly believe this — if you’re kind and charitable and forgiving and not just respectful, but respectable, going home is a blessing unlike any other. Politics don’t matter, and careers don’t matter, and popularity (thankfully) fades for most people when they hit their adult years. Home is where people remember and love you.
Unless you’re Mike Pence.
I mean, sure, the President is an example, too. He grew up in New York and now they hate him there so much they’re prying his name off their buildings and staging protests almost weekly.
But Pence should be a different story. There’s no scandalous background in Indiana, no business fortune built on the backs of workers he didn’t pay, no stories of him trying to evict little old ladies from their homes so he could pave a limousine parking lot. Mike Pence’s legacy is supposed to be one of a good, quiet Christian kid who grew up and went into politics in order to try and create the government he wanted to see in place.
Unfortunately, that’s all true, and it’s a bad thing — because the government he wants is a theocracy, and his interpretation of Christianity is not kind, charitable, or forgiving. Pence is so virulently anti-gay, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant that the story he’s writing of his own life has turned out to be a tale of hate.
In a way, it’s almost worse than Trump, because Trump only started trying to hide what a pile of crap he is when he decided to run for President. Pence has been proudly hateful for his entire career.
Maybe that’s why so many students and faculty stood up and walked right out of the auditorium today when Pence began to take the stage at a commencement ceremony back home in Indiana — because they don’t remember and love him, they remember and are repulsed by him. Dozens of graduates and professors left the ceremony of only a few hundred graduates, so the walkout was definitely felt as a major sign to the Vice President that he was not welcome.
This actually marks two Saturdays in a row for Pence to speak at a university. Last weekend he was at Liberty University, the Christian school run by infamous bigot Jerry Falwell, Junior, where Pence told graduates to “be ready” to face intolerance for their beliefs. That’s the Pence version of Christianity’s driving motivation: To suffer the “persecution” of being hated for being hateful.
Maybe Mike should find a new home. I’m just not sure who’ll have him.
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