The Politico on Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana). He’s number three on the GOP side, as Chairman of the House Republican Conference.
Pence woos conservatives
Pence has been on a slow but steady rise as a leading movement conservative and now a voice for the party itself. If you know me you know I’ve been a Pence fan for a while. At this point I don’t know the best time for him to run, but I hope eventually he does.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) will pursue a vote on the Fairness Doctrine next week
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) says he will force a vote on the Fairness Doctrine, hoping to get Democrats on the record. He plans to offer his proposal as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill next week, according to the Business and Media Institute.
While President Barack Obama recently announced that he would not pursue revival of the controversial policy that regulates balance on broadcast airwaves, many Democratic Senators have openly advocated its return. Among them are Tom Harkin (Iowa), Debbie Stabenow (Michigan), Dick Durbin (Illinois), Chuck Schumer (New York) and Jeff Bingaman (New Mexico).
This is a smart move by DeMint, and it is similar to efforts by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) in the House during the last Congress. Pence’s Broadcaster Freedom Act – the name DeMint’s bill also uses – was technical in nature and didn’t permanently ban the Fairness Doctrine. Its victory was nonetheless significant in putting Democrats on the record on the issue.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) has fought for broadcaster freedom
The beauty of this is in the timing: some Democrats will presumably not want to vote for the doctrine so soon after Obama recently announced his opposition – or at least disinterest – in it. If DeMint prevails in getting his amendment to the floor, it could be a another successful preemptive strike against the doctrine’s return. The fight would not be over by any means, but a small first battle will have been one.
Barack Obama became the nation's 44th president today. (White House Photo)
How shall American patriots critical of President Barack Obama‘s policies dissent? On the day he has officially taken office, it is a most fitting question to ask. I think this is the answer:
One should vocalize dissent and criticize the president action’s to the degree the president violates the constitution and the nation’s founding principles. Simultaneously, one should give voice to dissent and criticism in a fashion equally respectful of the office of the presidency of the United States of America and the precious – if utterly imperfect – constituional republican system of governance that men have spilled their blood for and that has generally served us well, or at least better than other governments of the world have served their people.
Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana) is Chairman of the House Republican Conference. He will likely be among the most ardent critics of the new president's policies, yet is known for civility and communicative abilities.
No doubt my passions will tempt me to express dissent in means beyond these constraints. And I do reserve the right to re-state this princple of “honorable dissent.” The challenge of all movement conservatives will be to dissent with honor without sacrificing strength, passion, assertion and shrewdness.
Surely we will count on men like Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) to lead by example in this regard. If I even approach the skill in which he has pursued this path, then I will have enriched any who have lent me their ear.
President Obama’s inauguration speech, as prepared for delivery.