Liberals Fail Reading Comprehension, Keep Beating Pence Story [VIDEO]

Liberals Fail Reading Comprehension, Keep Beating Pence Story [VIDEO]

Liberals Fail Reading Comprehension, Keep Beating Pence Story [VIDEO]

If you have listened to any liberal “journalist” commentary over the last couple of days, Vice President Mike Pence is either a cuckoo religious nut, a raving misogynist, breaking the law, or actively promoting “rape culture.”

And the only thing he said was that he never eats meals alone with women who aren’t his wife. Apparently, this is the greatest crime known to journalistic mankind in the 21st century, given the amount of virtual ink spilled decrying it.

Mike and Karen Pence at the 2017 March for Life
Let’s start by looking what was actually written in the profile on Karen Pence.

This is the line that sent liberals into warp, freaking out.

Most people would see this as extremely practical advice for a politician (and apparently everyone has forgotten how the National Enquirer got media outlets to run with an “OMG does Ted Cruz have mistresses???” story during the primaries), the idea that Pence actively makes sure that he can not be accused of any impropriety (this has also been referred to as “the Billy Graham rule” because this was also his policy) is now considered insanity.

This also shows me just how many of these journalists have failed reading comprehension. Back to third grade with you all. When you read the quote, it says that Pence “never eats alone with a woman other than his wife.” The keyword here is ALONE. This does not mean that he refuses to eat with women, or doesn’t have “working meals” with his staff, or – as Clara Jeffery of Mother Jones tried and failed to make the gigantic leap – that he never hires women; it means that he is NOT ALONE WITH THEM.

It is apparently too much for liberal journalists to read the word “alone” and think “so, he just makes sure he’s not alone with them.”

But but but religious crazy man!

Evangelist Billy Graham followed a similar rule, not traveling, meeting or eating with another woman alone. It is sometimes referred to as “The Billy Graham Rule.” The practice is still common among many evangelicals.

This 15-year-old paraphrase resurfacing has led to many tweets. A simple search of “Mike Pence” shows some of the reactions. Many question Vice President Pence’s self-control and see the practice as sexist.

But but but this is illegal!

To be sure, a politician’s declining to dine alone with a woman does not fall in the same category as a law partner refusing to work with women (or at least musing about refusing to work with women). Nonetheless, the practice described by Pence in that 2002 interview is clearly illegal when practiced by a boss in an employment setting, and deeply damaging to women’s employment opportunities.

Title VII, which governs workplace discrimination, does not allow employers to treat people differently on the basis of certain protected characteristics, one of which is sex. This means that an employer cannot set the terms and conditions of employment differently for one gender than for the other. This includes any aspect of the relationship between employer and employees — extending to benefits like equal access to the employer.

Oh, and the above comes from Vox, in which the author also suggests that Karen Pence needs counseling.

As for the prototypical jealous wife? Perhaps some counseling is in order — and some self-reflection about why either partner in the marriage would perceive the relationship to be so vulnerable as to be undermined by the mere proximity of other women outside the wife’s presence. In any case, women in the workplace have protected civil rights that outweigh such concerns.

But but but rape culture!

At its core, Pence’s self-imposed ban is rape culture.

Nor is that a label I assign lightly. “Rape culture” is a phrase so overused it’s become almost meaningless, like calling someone a Nazi on the internet. But it has a very clear meaning: the notion, whether conscious or unconscious, that men can’t control themselves around women because “boys will be boys.”

The explicit reasons for Pence’s restriction are religion and family, but the implicit reason is that he must avoid alone-time with women lest his stringent religious moral code fall apart in the presence of a little lipstick and décolletage. That is rape culture.

Ashley Csanady, you have a problem, and it isn’t Mike Pence.

I highly doubt the scrutiny is going to bother the Pences. Even Slate admits that there really isn’t anything to criticize here.

But something is obviously working for Mike and Karen Pence, who have been married for 31 years despite the kind of high-power, high-demand career that has derailed many other Washington marriages. Pence seems to want a happy marriage, and is willing to work for it. That’s far more than can be said about his boss—a man who has proven more than willing to be alone with women other than his wives.

And here’s a few nuggets of wisdom that liberals would be wise to consider.

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We live in a world where perception is reality. The Pences are being careful to avoid the perception. If this has a deeper meaning to journalists, well….

It’s time to stop digging the hole, liberal journalists. You’re making yourselves, not the Pences, look like the crazy ones.

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  • VALman says:

    Propriety. Public behavior modeling exemplary behavior. Not giving occasion to think there is scandal. These were the reasons Billy Graham and associates agreed early on not to be seen alone in public with a woman not his wife.

    Shame that our society has slipped so far that Mike and Karen Pence are applauded rather subject to the ridicule of the depraved left.

  • GWB says:

    At its core, Pence’s self-imposed ban is rape culture.

    Well, in one sense this is absolutely right. It’s this “rape culture” that forces him to protect himself from baloney accusations and suggestions of impropriety. The people who love to go around screaming “RAPE CULTURE!” at the top of their lungs are the very drivers behind this rule.

    I think you missed making that point about the “Billy Graham rule”. It wasn’t just intended to prevent temptation (though the media always loved to focus on that part). It was primarily intended to prevent any appearance of impropriety, and to prevent bogus allegations of rape or sexual abuse or trysts. I seem to recall (I could be wrong) one woman accusing Graham of something early on, and there were something like a dozen witnesses who could testify the door was open the whole time, etc. She slunk away in shame (though Graham offered her reconciliation and forgiveness) when it was obvious the lies wouldn’t hold water.

  • GWB says:

    Oh, and this

    Huma Abedin would kill to be married to Mike Pence right now

    is absolutely the mic drop line for this whole stupid affair. (pun intended)

  • GWB says:

    OK, one more. Didn’t we go through this whole stupidity with another celebrity in the last few years? They had something like the “Billy Graham rule” and got ridiculed for it.

  • Darleen Click says:

    This doesn’t apply just to men.

    When I was a fairly new supervisor (about 1 year) I got handed a new hire who turned toxic. Not only was she not doing her job, but she was driving her co-workers crazy. One of her co-workers (another person, a man, I supervised) came to me to discuss the issue. I closed the door to my office because there was no other way to maintain confidentiality (this toxic person had been caught previously sneaking down the hall to try and listen outside my office … I had no windows to see out)

    When I started the process to terminate her, she filed a flurry of complaints including that the ‘closed door meeting’ I had was “proof” I was having am affair with the man I supervised.

    If she wasn’t such an obvious nutcase, anyone who didn’t like me could have run with that!

    No, the vitriol against Pence is two-fold, anger at having a well-worn weapon removed and out-right jealousy of the Pences’ devoted relationship.

    • GWB says:

      Absolutely. And the “Billy Graham rule” protects all of your subordinates and associates, too. Particularly since they are the ones who might be smeared along with you (like this subordinate of yours).

      If you’re a supervisor and this sort of craziness comes up, ask the complainant if they are willing to have another person present. Or, find a conference room with windows to the office area. (Yeah, that’s not possible where I work, either.)

      • Darleen Click says:

        My current office has windows looking right out over my staff. I can close the door to my office and I’m not isolated from sight at all (I always have my blinds open…always!)

  • parker says:

    As a public figure Pence is correct about avoiding situations that can be turned against him. Slick Willy OTOH left stains on a blue dress and bit lips with the advice to put ice on it. And who knows what goes on beteen bho and Reggie Love?

  • Max says:

    I understand that Pence was dining at IHOP the other day and asked the server to remove the “Mrs. Butterworth” pancake syrup from his table until his wife arrived….

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