Trump is a Trojan horse for a cabal of vicious zealots who have long craved an extremist Christian theocracy, and Pence is one of its most prized warriors. With Republican control of the House and Senate and the prospect of dramatically and decisively tilting the balance of the Supreme Court to the far right, the incoming administration will have a real shot at bringing the fire and brimstone of the second coming to Washington.
“The enemy, to them, is secularism. They want a God-led government. That’s the only legitimate government,” contends Jeff Sharlet, author of two books on the radical religious right, including “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.” “So when they speak of business, they’re speaking not of something separate from God, but they’re speaking of what, in Mike Pence’s circles, would be called biblical capitalism, the idea that this economic system is God-ordained” [Jeremy Scahill, “Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History,” The Intercept, 2016.11.15].
As a bonus on the tyranny watch, Scahill notes that one of theocrat Pence’s biggest backers is Erik Prince, founder of private security firm Blackwater. Prince’s sister is Betsy DeVos, Trump’s public-education-wrecking pick for Secretary of Education. That’s not merely a small-world tangent; destroying public education is key to subjecting more young people to the unchecked Christian-corporate dogma that would prop up the theocracy Mike Pence and Al Novstrup want.
Theocracy is a danger, but it’s not those darned Muslim immigrants bringing it to our shores. It’s those nice Christian fellows like Al and Mike who would have the state bring us all to our knees.