Quiet Conservatism Will Define President Pence
With the Trump Administration conjuring up scandal after scandal, it seems Mike Pence may be closer than ever to the Oval Office. But just what, exactly, will the White House look like then? Almost inevitably, in comparison to his predecessor Pence’s presidency will exude traditional and quiet conservatism.
Pence’s politics are arguably more right wing than his superior’s.
His stance on gay marriage is that it will encourage “societal collapse”, and he advocated repealing HIV funding to re-energise homosexual conversion therapy. Pence was also a major critic of women serving in the U.S. military and publically backed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That would allow businesses in his constituency of Indiana to discriminate against LGBT peoples on grounds of their religion.
While Trump may secretly hold many of these views, he is yet to have publically show opinions that match the controversy of Pence’s.
What President Pence would lack however is Trump’s dangerous and destructive attitude. The rogue approach to U.S. politics and international diplomacy that has come to define the new U.S. Administration.
Pence’s subdued character, when compared to the brash approaches of his boss, are an indication of what we could expect. A confident, experienced politician with perhaps less of a volatile ego than that which currently dictates U.S. policy.
A Pence White House would be more ideologically controversial, but with little resolve to act on it. Pence’s 16 years of experience in his political field will have taught him lessons that President Trump has had no time to learn.
Unless the international outcry at the behaviour of North Korea or the heart-breaking destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can unite a divided country behind President Trump, something will need to change. If the Republican faithful turn their backs on the Administration, we may soon be witnessing the quiet conservatism of President Pence in its fullest.