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General Mattis Hearing

No Hearing Loss for Trump Nominees


As the Senate continues to hold hearings on President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees, Senate Democrats reveal their priorities. Among yesterday’s hearings were hearings on General James “Mad Dog” Mattis (USMC, Ret.) for Secretary of Defense (DOD), and Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Mattis’s hearing spanned the issues of military readiness, threats to U.S. security, including discussions about the threat Russia poses to U.S. interests and threat to NATO given its military presence in the Baltics and role in the Middle East. The former Marine Corps general spoke about — as we have — the importance of the military’s focus being on military readiness. He said, “My concern is on the readiness of the force to fight and to make certain it’s at the top of its game.”

During Mattis’s hearing, Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) asked General Mattis about changing Obama’s policy allowing women to serve in infantry and special forces and the General said he had no plan “to oppose women in any aspect of the military.” When Gillibrand asked about allowing individuals who identify as gay and lesbian into the military — something Congress allowed in 2010 — he said “…frankly, I never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with.” Mattis focused on troop readiness and the need for the military to return to being a lethal fighting force. When Gillibrand pressed, he said “Senator, my concern is on the readiness of the force to fight and to make certain it’s at the top of its game.” He also stated what seems lost on liberals: “My belief is that we have to stay focused on the military that is so lethal that on the battlefield, it is the enemy’s longest day and worst day when they run into that force.”

The hearing with Ben Carson involved many crucial discussions about our urban communities and policies that help, rather than stifle, the ability of people to work and flourish. Liberal Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) pressed Dr. Carson about enforcing LGBT special privileges in the public housing sector. Dr. Carson could not have provided a better answer. He said he would enforce the laws of the land, something the Obama administration trampled by promoting extralegal regulations. Dr. Carson said “of course, I think all Americans should be protected by the law” and that is precisely the policy we’ve long endorsed. All people have human dignity, deserve respect, and should have their rights protected. But as Dr. Carson explained in response to Brown’s question, “…what I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get extra rights.”

The Obama administration issued multiple regulations, including under HUD, that create special privileges for people who identify as LGBT. In many cases, these special privileges allow for discrimination against those who disagree with the president and the Left on issues relating to sexuality. The government should not discriminate against Americans because of their moral or religious beliefs about sex, sexuality, or marriage being between a man and woman. As Dr. Carson stated, “all Americans” should be protected by the law, and that’s because all people have human dignity. How refreshing and how novel to have nominees that will enforce the law as it is written and ensure all Americans are equally protected by the law, a theme also iterated by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) in his hearing for Attorney General. The American people will be well-served by nominees like Jeff Sessions, General Mattis, and Ben Carson.


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