An Old-Fashioned Patriot

Some things don’t change, and the world is much better off for it. Such as:

Jake Tapper

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Q: Are you a Democrat?

SEC. MATTIS: You know, we’re all built on our formative experiences.

When I was 18, I joined the Marine Corps, and in the U.S. military we are proudly apolitical….

 

Jake Tapper

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2/ …By that, I mean that in our duties, we were brought up to obey the elected commander in chief, whoever that is. And we’ve seen, over those — since I was in the military longer than some of you have been alive, I have seen Republicans and Democrats come and go….

 

Jake Tapper

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3/… Where am I today? I’m a member of the president’s administration. And you have seen that President Trump’s military policies, security policies, reaping significant bipartisan support….

 

Jake Tapper

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4/… So my role…and I realize you all write about tension between this person and that, this administration and that party, and this sort of thing. But when you think 83 percent of the U.S. Congress voting the same way on an issue put forward by the Republican president…

 

Jake Tapper

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5/ … you can see that my portfolio is bipartisan by its very basis, and that is the protection of the United States. That’s what President Trump has told me to do, and I eagerly carry that out, alongside probably the most selfless young men and women…

 

Jake Tapper

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6/ … — not all young; some old men and women, too — civilian and military, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines working together.
So that’s where I stand. That defines me.

 

Jake Tapper

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7/ Q: I don’t want to put too fine a point on it, but you haven’t registered Republican or Democrat. Is that what I’m hearing you say?

SEC. MATTIS: I’ve never registered for any political party.
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It’s easy to forget sometimes as we all run in circles, screaming and shouting, but there are more important things than politics, or even Hollyweird.
One of them is the defense of the Republic, and down through the years, one of the marks of the US Military has been that it is apolitical, keeping its eyes on the eternal, God and the Constitution.
Obama tried, near as I can tell, to change that, to politicize the military as he did the other institutions, but I suspect he mostly failed, and Mattis shows us why. And old-fashioned, rock-ribbed, man of integrity. And the reason why Americans trust our military more than any other institution.
Hat tip to Rightscoop.

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11 Responses to An Old-Fashioned Patriot

  1. the unit says:

    It dawned on me today. I’m old! Slow learner I guess. 🙂
    James “Mad Dog” Mattis joined the U.S. Marines at age 18, the year I was released from active duty for the U.S. Navy.
    “Some things don’t change, and the world is much better off for it.”
    One thing (interesting to me) about being old is reading about things you’d forgotten and remembering it. Like today after cutting a yuge limb threating my power pole fuse. Read this @ Real Clear…https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/was-gary-hart-set-up/570802/
    Maybe should consider…what’s the chance of change or not?
    ‘Nother as for knowing it will, not how, when or where…, “we won’t”. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    After all this time listening to lots of lies, until repeated enough to be thought as the truth… 🙂
    This just interesting insight into “Mad Dog.” Well, I really don’t have anymore respect for Woodward than Rodney actually. 🙂
    A comment after the article says Military Times is a liberal site. ???
    So if he say it (quotes), say it again so it thought to be so. Truth like I like it. 🙂
    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/09/05/mattis-to-spicer-ive-killed-people-for-a-living-if-you-call-me-again-im-going-to-f-king-send-you-to-afghanistan/

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    • NEO says:

      Last I knew there were a fair number of libs in the military, but these days, I rather doubt it. MT does seem to have quite a few for commenters, but they show all the classic signs of being trolls. From what I’ve seen of Spicer, he probably laughed and said, “Yes, sir”, Cause I’d take it as a joke meaning “Don’t ask me again.” Woodwards book sounds bad, from everything I’ve read, but then I’ve never been all that impressed with him. 🙂

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