When It’s Good to be Bland and Boring

“If you’re in an area impacted by the Coronavirus, it’s essential that you listen to state and local authorities for guidance … I want to say ‘thank you’ to the American people. Thank you for your cooperation.”

— Vice President Mike Pence, March 25, 2020

The first time I saw Mike Pence, he was giving a speech at the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis. He was a Congressman at the time, and his speech was about the alliance between the United States and Israel.

He impressed me as a bland, boring Indiana politician. He wasn’t very exciting, but he was stable. He wasn’t ideologically conservative, but he had common sense.

Since then, I’ve never had any reason to change that assessment.

And that’s a good thing.

President Trump is a showman and a salesman. He’s a perfect fit for today’s reality-TV culture, and for the no-rules Thunderdome of 2020 American politics. He’s entertaining and sometimes obnoxious, but he’s never bland and boring.

Hence, Pence.

Yes, America needs someone like Trump to fight against the relentless attacks on our country and our civilization.

But we also need someone like Pence to provide a steadying hand, a calm voice, a measured response.

That’s why I’m glad Pence is Vice President. And I hope he’s elected president in 2024.

When the moneyed elites yell at President Trump today, he yells back. It’s a good show. And a lot of people who crave attention, get it. :: cough :: Alyssa Milano :: cough ::

When the moneyed elites yell at President Pence in 2025, he’ll answer calmly and politely. He knows that, as the Bible says, “a soft answer turneth away wrath.” It will be boring as hell. And the attention-seekers will go away frustrated.

“Bland and boring America” is going to be wonderful. I can hardly wait!


Check out my book Why Sane People Believe Crazy Things: How Belief Can Help or Hurt Social Peace. Kirkus Reviews called it an “impressively nuanced analysis.”

About N.S. Palmer

N.S. Palmer is an American mathematician.
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