President Donald Trump has said he would consider using the armed forces to restore peace in liberal cities if they could not get a handle on it. General Jim Mattis has expressed concerns about deploying US troops in a domestic battlespace. On that point, I agree, at least for the moment, but then Mattis wanders off the reservation.
Off the reservation into the disconnected appeasement-monkey Never-Trumper battlespace (with all due respect).
Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.
I’d bet money that General Mattis is a smart guy. Probably a lot smarter than I am (no kidding, right?), but here he is clearly a babbling idiot. Dumb as a ruling class bump on an inside the beltway log.
Yes, he probably knows the truth, but he just can’t bring himself to accept it or at least voice it, and that puts him on the other side of the battle of the century.
Donald Trump was not elected to be another political class appeasement Republican. His job is to shake the Sh*t out of the DC tree to get as much of the BS to fall out as possible. Which, we now know includes General Mattis.
And, back to the matter of putting troops (boots) on the ground inside US territory. We don’t want that. But at what point do you (as President) step in to protect terrorized Americans when Mayors or Governors have failed?
Yes, those governors should request the help first. No President should deploy troops into a sovereign US state without a nod from the elected leaders of those states. Even a majority of the legislature if the Governor is unwilling and the situation is dire.
Absent a deputized militia, the only alternative is the federal army. I never want that to be the answer. I think we can agree on that. But whatever the General has to say about that gets lost (in my opinion) behind his unity banter.
The inability of insiders to get anything done resulted in the election of Donald Trump. Plain and simple. Not to unify behind the existing political machine but to conquer it. President Trump is not there to get along. He is there to peel back as many layers of the DC onion as he can. No one there wants that. Many elsewhere in the nation prefer things the way they were. And maybe the Ruling Class wins, but unlike any Republican who has promised anything similar (at least so far), he intends to see it through. If that means making enemies of people like General Mattis (who used to work for him), then so be it.
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