Andrew Kaczynski must be having so much fun digging through the Internet Wayback Machine these days. The latest find is a couple of columns by Mike Pence that make the case for impeaching Donald Trump for his moral failings. Of course, he was talking about Bill Clinton at the time, but the arguments are identical.
Dismissing the idea that the president is “just the like the rest of us,” Pence wrote, “If you and I fall into bad moral habits, we can harm our families, our employers and our friends. The President of the United States can incinerate the planet. Seriously, the very idea that we ought to have at or less than the same moral demands placed on the Chief Executive that we place on our next door neighbor is ludicrous and dangerous.
“Throughout our history, we have seen the presidency as the repository of all of our highest hopes and ideals and values. To demand less is to do an injustice to the blood that bought our freedoms.”…
In one of his columns about Clinton, Pence wrote, “Further, the Presidents (sic) repeated lies to the American people in this matter compound the case against him as they demonstrate his failure to protect the institution of the presidency as the ‘inspiring supreme symbol of all that is highest in our American ideals.'”
He continued, “Leaders affect the lives of families far beyond their own ‘private life’. In the Bible story of Esther we are told of a king who was charged to put right his own household because there would be ‘no end of disrespect and discord’ among the families of the kingdom if he failed to do so. In a day when reckless extramarital sexual activity is manifesting itself in our staggering rates of illegitimacy and divorce, now more than ever, America needs to be able to look to her First Family as role models of all that we have been and can be again.”
Pence also wrote that Republicans needed to act to remove Clinton even if it meant losing the majority in Congress.
“If our leaders flinch at this responsibility, they would do well to heed the Proverb ‘if a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked,'” he added. “Our leaders must either act to restore the luster and dignity of the institution of the Presidency or we can be certain that this is only the beginning of an even more difficult time for our land. For the nation to move on, the President must move out.”
This mirrors the flip flopping we’ve seen from the entire Christian right on this matter. What it shows is that all of those calls for moral rightesousness and demands for “Godly” behavior were BS from the start. They didn’t mean it at all, they only used it as a weapon against their political enemies. When their allies and leaders do the same things, or worse, suddenly they’re moral relativists. But that’s what they were all along. It was obvious to many of us long ago, but now it should be plain for all to see.