Vice-President-elect Mike Pence gave an address in the ballroom of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. yesterday.
The Washington Post reports that
Vice president-elect Mike Pence claimed Tuesday night that President-elect Donald Trump has a “mandate” to lead the country, as he ticked through a long list of conservative priorities for the new administration in what he vowed would be a busy first few months in office.
In a speech inside a hotel ballroom at the new Trump International Hotel just blocks from the White House, Pence vowed that the new team will quickly embark on a to-do list that includes repealing and replacing the federal health-care law, beefing up national defense and nominating a staunchly conservative Supreme Court justice.
In delivering his remarks, the Indiana governor and former congressman seemed to be seeking to reassure his audience that Trump would consistently govern with their policy interests in mind. Trump’s lack of government experience has raised some questions about what his style will be like in the White House and whether it will be a dramatic departure from previous Republican presidents.
“We truly believe that our president-elect has secured a mandate for leadership,” said Pence. He spoke to a dinnertime audience of wealthy donors to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
Emphasizing that the organization’s input would be valued, he said, “I want to assure all of you who are the patrons of the Heritage Foundation that this administration has already, is now and will continue to draw on [the group’s] intellectual resources and creativity.”
Currently, Democrat Hillary Clinton is ahead of Trump in the popular vote by more than 2.6 million votes, though Trump won more electoral votes. Her lead, and lingering signs of political divisions across the country that have emerged since the election, have raised questions about what level of national support Trump will have when he takes office.
But Pence, who was on Capitol Hill meeting with Republican senators earlier Tuesday, said the new administration is ready to deliver on the promises that Trump made during the campaign.
“It was a victory that was born of ideas,” he said.
The federal health-care law would be repealed and Republicans will be “starting the process of replacing” it “with free market solutions,” Pence said. He said Trump would appoint a conservative justice “in the tradition” of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He declared “the Obama era of weakening our national defenses is over.”
Before the spring arrives, “we’re going to cut taxes across the board,” Pence said.
Pence also praised Trump for his role in a deal with furnace and air-conditioner manufacturer Carrier to keep about 800 jobs in the United States. Trump repeatedly called out Carrier during the campaign for moving some jobs to Mexico.
The deal Carrier reached drew criticism from some conservatives who branded it “crony capitalism.” Pence sought to assure the crowd that he and Trump “believe fervently in the free market.”
Toward the end of his speech, Pence singled out former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina for praise. After he acknowledged her presence at the dinner, the crowd rose to its feet to applaud her.
Pence repeatedly praised the Heritage Foundation, which is headed by former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint. Edward Feulner, the former president of the Heritage Foundation, has been working on Trump’s transition team.
Pence wrapped up his address by reminding the audience the new administration and the new Republican Congress will have a lot to do in 2017.
“We’ve got work to do. Enjoy your dinner. Then roll your sleeves up,” he said.
Gentle Reader, did you notice in the above article, the obvious Liberal Bias of the Washington Post?
I underlined the paragraph which exposes their bias for all to see.
The Post, like the rest of the participants in the National Temper Tantrum that Modern American Liberals are presently throwing, keep on bringing up the fact that Clinton received more popular votes that President-elect Trump did.
We are a Constitutional Republic. We are not a Democracy.
The Godfather of Conservative Talk Radio, Rush Limbaugh, recently explained the reaction of those Democrats who are still looking for some sort of loophole in our Electoral College System and those who cannot grasp why it was put in place..
The understanding of it is in a more proper education for young people about civics and about the kind of country we are and the founding and the Constitution, and it simply isn’t taught. So in a sense, you can’t blame them. They’re simply relying on what they think makes emotional sense, psychological sense. “Somebody got more votes than somebody else! Why didn’t they win? Doesn’t make sense. I mean, if the Yankees score more runs than the Orioles, they win the game.” It doesn’t compute for them.
They’re comparing apples to oranges and don’t know it, because we do not have a democracy. It’s not what we have. We have a representative republic and therefore the rules and regulations that have been written to maintain it are not truly democratic — not purely democratic — in origin. They are about protecting and defending the establishment of this republic. (interruption) Well, the reason more people aren’t complaining is ’cause they instinctively know the Electoral College is justified and right.
…Let’s say that these people succeed in getting 37 electors to not vote for Trump, and that means Trump doesn’t get 270. Okay, then what happens?
Well, it doesn’t mean Hillary wins.
It means the election… If nobody gets 270, despite the fact that these states have certified, this means that the election will go to the House of Representatives. The Republicans control both the House and the Senate. So theoretically, the House would elect Trump and the Senate would elect Pence. But (chuckles) how many Republicans are faking this adulation and support they have for Trump right now? How many are going along just to go along? How many of them privately still seething. How many of them still hate the guy? How many?
We don’t know. But let’s not go there. Let’s assume Trump wins the vote in the House, Pence wins the vote in the Senate and is still president. So you ask yourself, “Why do this then? Why go through all this? Why deny Trump the Electoral College if he’s gonna end up being president anyway?” This is where you have to understand the left, because then the scenario that they would begin talking about endlessly (sobbing): “Trump lost the popular vote! He didn’t win the Electoral College and his buddies in the House conspired to make him president!
“He’s not elected. He’s been forced on us! He’s not legitimate. We don’t have to do one thing Trump says,” and it would be a continuation of what they’ve already started, and that is an effort to portray Trump — his election as illegitimate, a violation of the law — and his presidency as illegitimate. That’s the objective here. I mean, they may actually think they can get Hillary elected here. I mean, deranged people everywhere, and there may be in this bunch some people actually think they can succeed in getting Hillary to win it. But the overall objective is to give the Democrat Party strength, resolve, and energy to oppose anything and everything Trump does. Because he’s not legitimately elected. That’s what this is ultimately about.
As I have stated before, the Electoral College was put in place to prevent what the Liberals are now trying to accomplish. Which is choosing a President based on the favored Political Ideology of isolated Metropolitan Areas with dense populations.
The Democrats, as a result of their own regional bias toward the major metropolitan areas on the East and West Coasts, which has been obvious to average Americans for the last several decades, effectively divorced themselves from the people whom they claimed in every previous election cycle to “love”…Average Working Class Americans.
To put it in Marital Terms, Average Working Class Americans and the Democratic Party are no longer “evenly yoked”.
The Democrats became the party of the “Upper Crust” and Special Interest Groups, who look down their noses at Americans who live here in “Flyover Country”.
The Democrats assumed, after reading their own press clippings, that all Americans wanted the Progressive/Marxist Political Ideology and style of governance which Barack Hussein Obama practiced during his time as President.
Well, we all know what assuming does, don’t we, boys and girls?
The American People overthrew the “Tyranny of the Minority”, which we have suffered under for the last 8 years on November 8th.
The post placed the word “mandate”, which Pence used , in quotes, as a form of derision.
The Oxford Dictionaries define the word “mandate” as
the authority to carry out a policy or course of action, regarded as given by the electorate to a candidate or party that is victorious in an election.
Guess what, Washington Post and the rest of you still throwing a National Temper Tantrum?
Trump won! Therefore, he does have a mandate.
It is to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
Enjoy the ride.
Until He Comes,