After reading this, I like Mike even more!
Representative Mike Pence delivered a speech at Hillsdale College on September 20, 2010, and the speech is reprinted in the October issue of their monthly magazine Imprimis. You really need to read the whole thing-- it is a masterful speech and full of solid understanding of history and the Constitution. And it is flat out eloquent and powerful. Some excerpts:
What it [the nation] says--informed by its long history, impelled by the laws of nature and nature's God -- is that we as a people are not to be ruled and not to be commanded. It says that the president should never forget this; that he has not risen above us, but is merely one of us, chosen by ballot, dismissed after his term, tasked not to transform and work his will upon us, but to bear the weight of decision and to carry out faithfully the design laid down in the Constitution in accordance with the Declaration of Independence.
Power is an instrument of fatal consequence. It is confined not more readily than quicksilver, and escapes good intentions as easily as air flows through mesh. Therefore, those who are entrusted with it must educate themselves in self-restraint. A republic is about limitation, and for good reason, for we are mortal and our actions are imperfect.
The whole speech is remarkable. His intent and purpose seem genuine and reminiscent of great thinkers of the past such as Washington and Jefferson, and the comparison to Reagan is unavoidable.
Representative Pence is to be congratulated on delivering this remarkable speech, and to be thanked for his efforts in the House to achieve the goals of Constitutional governance and national prosperity.
He deserves encouragement and support as 2012 draws closer.
And Hillsdale deserves your support and encouragement as well, for all they do in educating students and the public about our great nation.