Former Vice President Mike Pence said last week he remains hopeful in the future of America and believes Republicans will re-capture the White House and Congress in the next four years.
Speaking Thursday at a Columbia, S.C., event sponsored by the Palmetto Family Council, Pence criticized the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration while touting the accomplishments of the Trump-Pence White House and promoting a future conservative agenda.
He encouraged people of faith to deepen their trust in God.
"I truly do believe the progress we made over those four years and enduring the trials of the last year, we've been carried aloft by the prayers of the American people," Pence said. "And I believe with all of my heart in the boundless capacity of the American people. But also, I believe this is a time when we ought to renew our faith in Him who placed this miracle of democracy on these wilderness shores.
"Because I say from my heart: God isn't done with America yet," Pence added.
Summarizing the first 100 days of the Biden White House, Pence said it has led to "open borders, runaway spending, plans for higher taxes, a bigger welfare state, more government, defunding the police, abandoning the right to life [and] canceling our most cherished liberties."
"Had enough? I have. I mean, in 2020, the American people did not vote for that agenda. They did not vote for the agenda of the radical Left. And the time has come for freedom-loving Americans to stand up to the far-Left agenda of the Biden-Harris administration and say enough is enough. It's time to unite behind a positive agenda built on our highest ideals and win back America."
Pence laid out a future conservative agenda he says can win at the ballot box.
"It's built on a strong national defense, on secure borders, on free-market economics, trade deals that put America first. It's on conservative judges. And it's a movement that is built on upholding all the God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America – the First Amendment freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the 10th Amendment limited government, and letting states lead on the issues most important to our families," he said.
A winning conservative agenda, he said, also includes school choice "to give parents the right to choose where their children go to school – public, private, parochial or homeschool."
Pence reminded the audience that Democrats held the White House, House of Representatives and the Senate from 2008 to 2010.
"We've seen this movie before," Pence said, adding that Republicans eventually won back the presidency and Congress. "... What happened then, and I believe will happen again, is that conservatives across America, in public office and families and businesses alike, all rallied around the cause. We rallied around a positive agenda to offer – as President Reagan used to say – a choice, not an echo.
"... We're going to do it all again in the next four years," he said.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.