Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Mike Pence seems to not like to hear dissenting points of view.

I’d like to discuss this with Mike Pence, but I’m forbidden to do it on his social media accounts.

As has been well-documented, the Indiana Governor’s Office recently released a new social media policy that pretty much puts the kibosh on any discussion of controversial or political issues on his Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media sites. That means that for many Hoosiers, they will never get a chance to voice their concerns over issues of the day with the Governor unless they snail mail, e-mail, call, or smoke signal his office.

It's called Pencership, and it even has its own website.

Now, I’m not saying that the Governor even logs on or knows how to use his Facebook or Twitter pages, but I’m sure that someone there is in charge of telling him what people are saying on social media. From now on, it will be puppy dog tails and rose petals. All will be well in Mike Pence’s own little old world.

Kind of reminds you of another pleasantly unaware politician who led this country for eight years.

Here’s some serious reality for you, Governor. You’re doing nothing to ingratiate yourself to the 50.5 percent of Hoosiers who voted for someone else last time. Your predecessor, Mitch Daniels, built himself a coalition of voters from both parties. You’re building yourself the wrong kind of coalition, and I think it’s probably gotten even a little smaller by the way you’ve started off here.

Locking out political discussion from your social media pages won’t begin to bridge the gap between those that you disagree with and yourself. It only fosters the perception that you are aloof from everyone and could care little about what those that oppose you say. It makes you the governor of a new state called Pencelandia.

Politically, I hope you continue down this road. I think it’s a perfect way to alienate Hoosiers and elect a Democrat in 2016. Personally, for the state of my state and my home and as a Hoosier, I hope you will reopen the lines of social media communication. You will do what’s best for the state when you know how the effects of your decisions play on all Hoosiers and not just those that drink your particular brand of Kool-Aid.

1 comment:

Audrey Smith said...

Very well written. Pencelandia! Beautiful. We would also like to invite you to the Pencership Facebook page. We reposted your blog there. There is also an online petition on the Pencership webpage at Pencership. com/petition.