The America he knew and loved, he said, was turning away from the independent spirit of the Founding Fathers. Said the congressman: "I knew exactly what he meant. Economic freedom means the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail. Capitalism without bankruptcy is like a religion without hell."
Pence is one of the conservatives in Congress working to hold the line against the radical Obama economic agenda, reminding one and all that the most vital economies are not those that are overtaxed and overregulated, but those free to encourage the spirit of independence, of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The community organizer from Chicago is by instinct and training not a business-friendly president. He neither gets the severity of the consequences of the deficit nor the near-certain prospect that his economic schemes, beginning with Obamacare, will cripple, perhaps permanently, the American giant.
A Thanksgiving ago most of us sat around the holiday table congratulating ourselves for what the election of Barack Obama said about us. Many of us who didn't vote for him, and who thought George W. Bush was unfairly blamed for everything that went wrong, nevertheless thought Obama could invite renewed respect for the office. The year that followed has been a year of cascading images of the president apologizing for America, of watching him bow to kings and emperors like a vassal, and dithering over what to do about what he once called "the necessary war."
No subject at the Thanksgiving table this year will provoke greater anger and alarm than Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to hold trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the "mastermind" of Sept. 11, along with four other planners, in a federal court in New York City.
The president is determined to treat them as civilians rather than as the enemy combatants they are, deserving only a trial before a tribunal of the military that captured them on a battlefield.
Families of the victims of the Twin Towers terrorism, entitled to more outrage than any of the rest of us, have sent a letter with more than 100,000 signatures (Bravest.com) to the president to protest, calling his decision morally offensive, legally unjustifiable and insulting to the memory of the 3,000 Americans who died on Sept. 11. Their letter speaks with both clarity and sadness. The president and his lawyer have cast a terrible pall over the Thanksgiving table.