Dear Mr. Vice President,
I am writing this letter to you as the second most important elected official of our nation. Although you were selected by Donald Trump to be his running mate, you were elected by the people of the United States, of which you certainly well aware.
Up until now, you have been a completely loyal to the President, never raising your voice in disagreement. Perhaps you believe that your loyalty to the President is the surest way to attain your long-range goal. If this is correct, it should be apparent to you by now that you have tied yourself to a man who is unprincipled, morally bankrupt, dishonest and unethical, a man who relies on name-calling and belittling to further his personal goals. If you continue on this course of blind loyalty, the American people will remember.
Your legacy will be of a spineless politician whose ambitions took precedence over all the values by which you have staked your career until now, and which will have led to a dead end.
Even those who do not embrace your conservative agenda can recognize that you a truly religious person and have been a dedicated public servant. Your emphasis on family values and religious ideals as exemplified by your personal life has attested to your authenticity until you became Vice President. Ever since then, you have become known for your silence. Whatever happened to the other Mike Pence? Has your loyalty to President Trump blinded you to what is so obvious?
To take only a few recent examples: Can you, in good conscience, remain silent even after the the CIA has determined conclusively that Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered on orders from the Crown Prince, but this fact should be disregarded for the sake of business relations?
What about the epidemic of mass shootings? Is there nothing you can say about responsible gun laws in the wake of so much bloodshed?
And what about those seeking asylum in the U.S.? Would it not be possible for you, at the very least, to express words of compassion for those fleeing from oppression even while supporting secure borders?
Are not the many women who have been labels as liars by the President worthy of respect, of being told that they are believed when they risk so much by coming forward with their stories of abuse. I don’t think the public has heard a single word from you about the Me Too movement?
Has caution or fear tied your tongue, leaving you a mute shadow of a politician? Apparently so.
It is not too late. There are two years left in this long ordeal. In the time remaining, you could step forward as a voice of civility and plain decency. No doubt, the President would punish you by excluding you from many aspects of governing. Your point of view would be ignored, as if it is heeded now.! You probably would not get invited to any state dinners but the American people would admire you and feel grateful. You may think that your silent acquiescence has earned you the President’s loyalty. Sure.
I appeal to you to step forward to make use of the high position to which you have been elected, not only for your own sake, but for the sake our great nation that badly needs to hear the voice of conscience coming from the one who stands only one rung down from the top. Just remember: he cannot fire you.
You are an a man of faith, well acquainted with the Bible. So permit me to remind you, sir, of a Biblical hero who found the courage to step forward at the right time. That person was Queen Esther from the Book of Esther. When her people were in great peril, Esther was hesitant, fearful of revealing her Jewish identity to the king. It was not until her cousin Mordecai said to her: “Who knows whether it was for a moment such as this that you have come to this high position?” (Esther 4, 13-14).
Mr. Vice President, I implore you to ask yourself this same question. As overwhelming as this may be for you to consider: has destiny placed you in this role? You are in the unique position to speak out in opposition to the many outrages of this President. The question is whether you are a man of conscience or only of expedience? The choice, of course, is yours but before you lie two paths: one to being no more than a footnote to the most repugnant presidency in the history of our country, the other to being heroic, a man of destiny who stepped forward when he was most needed.