There are those on the far-left politically who have never hesitated to use the “H-word” describing President Trump. They use the “F-word” — “fascist” — as well. Most Americans have tired of hearing it. But among those in the far-left, it has become familiar to slam President Trump as being a dictator, fascist, autocrat, and even sometimes a totalitarian leader.
Are you kidding? Dictators don’t listen to their minions, don’t talk “to” their nation-followers, don’t pay attention to the desires of those they govern. Donald Trump clearly and prolifically has drawn distinctions between him and his predecessor in that regard. President Obama was and is an orator — an orator who gives excellent speeches that always during his presidency impacted dramatically those to whom he spoke. Further, every piece of legislation that he initiated or supported when crafted has been directly tied to the wishes of those 62 million who voted for him in 2016 and an abundance of others who did not pull the Trump lever. President Trump has clearly defined with his actions his commitment to the American people at the expense of the status quo Democrats AND Republicans AND other bureaucrats in Washington. And that infuriates many in political leadership in his own party. In his world, results are all that matters to the People. And his oath of office and his commitment to service to Americans. Results are all that drives him — certainly not promises that are never fulfilled.
Former U.S. defense secretary James Mattis slammed President Trump’s response to nationwide demonstrations triggered by the killing of George Floyd, accusing him of trying to divide the country. The retired Marine General said he has watched this week’s “unfolding events, angry and appalled” in an extraordinary statement published by The Atlantic.
Protesters filled the streets across the United States after Floyd, died in the custody of four police officers in Minneapolis. “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people, does not even pretend to try,” Mattis said. “Instead, he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort.”
Wait one minute: Mattis went to work for Mr. Trump in 2017. He did so, having watched the President throughout his campaign and certainly knew Trump’s personality. Still, he took the job. Is it plausible that he didn’t know Trump’s demeanor or operating processes before he accepted the gig? That’s not logical. Why did he stay in the Trump Administration one more day after discovering Trump’s personality quirks with which he disagreed?
This is the first time General Mattis has publicly criticized his former boss since he resigned as defense secretary in 2018. He quit over Trump’s approach to foreign policy — particularly his decision to withdraw American forces from Syria.
‘We can unite without him.’
In his statement, Mattis singled out President Trump’s decision to leave the White House and hold a Bible outside nearby St John’s Episcopal Church. That day, mostly peaceful protesters were forced back by police with tear gas and flashbangs to make way for the President’s stop at the church. “We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Park,” Mattis said.
Retired Marine General Mattis wrote that it would not be easy for Americans to move ahead without mature leadership. “We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society,” he insisted.
Mattis breaks his ‘duty of silence.’
When General Mattis quit the White House in 2018, he said he would not criticize the administration because he owed them a “duty of silence.” (What happened to that “duty?”)
“When you leave an administration over clear policy differences, you need to give the people who are still there as many opportunities as possible to defend the country,” he said in 2019.
But in Thursday’s statement, Mattis said as a member of the military; he swore an oath to protect the U.S. constitution. He said the White House should remember the words adopted by U.S. troops before the Normandy invasion during World War II.
“The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union, there is Strength.'”
Hitler in Charge
What about that military code to which all who don that U.S. uniform are bound? “Always be loyal to any who are in leadership over you, regardless of your differences. And if you cannot do that, you are obligated to resign.”
Without literally calling the President a dictator, a fascist, or a Nazi, Mattis’ implication is clear. And as we pointed out in yesterday’s story, joining Mattis in his departure from his former support for President Trump is Marine Corps. Gen. John Kelly who served as Chief of Staff to Trump, Former commander of US Southern Command under Obama; Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan under Obama; Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush and Obama; Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George W. Bush; Army Gen. Raymond A. “Tony” Thomas, former commander of US Special Operations Command under Obama and Trump.
I find it ironic that these “great” military leaders would turn their backs on their years of service to our country during which each DEMANDED from those who served under them complete loyalty and unrepentant respect for the authority their stars gave to them as commanders of all those soldiers and sailors.
Call me a bit old fashioned, but I find these actions by these military leaders who commanded at the highest levels reprehensible and an assault on the Uniform Military Code of Justice. They each should do as the guidelines for all U.S. military members dictate: comply with authority or resign — PERIOD.
I remind these and others who have cried for four years that Donald Trump IS a dictator, a fascist, a White Supremacist, and a Nazi, that nothing in his life evidences any of these allegations to be true: NOTHING!
Those who served in Europe during WWII specifically should note the differences between this Commander in Chief and Hitler and Mussolini — the fathers of Naziism and Fascism, respectively. But, just in case any of these have memories that have dulled with the decades since the War, let’s listen to the words of an actual Nazi prison camp survivor who, among other things, bristles today at hearing the characterizations these men use to describe this President:
She Knows Naziism First-Hand
A German woman, who survived Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s brutal reign, lived in a refugee camp, and fled to America, has noticed that liberals love to compare President Donald Trump to Hitler. However, when asked about the similarities between the two, she had just seven words that completely shocked leftists.
Before Inga Andrews escaped Hitler’s “final solution,” the Holocaust, she and her mother were forced to survive the catastrophic events brought about by the Nazi party’s socialism and racial hatred. For decades, her harrowing experience has been locked away in her mind’s eye. However, it was recently awakened when angry liberals began combatting Trump’s travel ban and other executive orders with easily repeatable slogans that equate Trump to Hitler.
Now, Andrews feels a duty not only to dismiss the dramatic propaganda that compares the two leaders but also to point out who represents everything that encompasses Hitler and his Nazi militants.
When the Independent Journal Review asked Andrews about her thoughts on leftists saying that Trump is a dictator, much like Hitler, she not only refuted this mistruth with personal experience, she explained that “it’s the destruction of freedom of speech” from the liberal protesters that resembles Hitler and Nazi-Germany.
“What is going on in this country is giving me chills. Trump is not like Hitler. Just because a leader wants order doesn’t mean they’re like a dictator,” Andrews told IJR. “What reminds me more of Hitler than anything else isn’t Trump, it’s the destruction of freedom of speech on the college campuses — the agendas fueled by the professors. That’s how Hitler started; he pulled in the youth to miseducate them, to brainwash them, it’s happening today.”
Andrews added that she recognizes the liberal bias in the school system, especially on college campuses, and says that it’s breeding the same intolerance and fascism that gave rise to Hitler in the 1930s. Also, Andrews had lived through a travel ban even stricter than Trump’s when her mother married an American. Still, she believes that liberals should have a respect for these measures as our national security depends on them.
“It took six years to clear her to be able to be married,” she said. “Then when you married an American, because we were the enemy, you had to wait. We had to go from Heidelberg to another city where a camp was. They vetted us in both places. There were all these German brides with their children and families who had to be vetted again for three of four days before they could get on the ship. So we had a vetting process like what we are going through now because you have to have this to make the country safe.”
As for the liberal protesters, Andrews says that because of their emotionally-driven activism, they have abandoned logic and reason. She remembers the desperation Democratic Socialism caused, including times when she only had “maple leaves and grass to survive,” something she says these leftist millennials have never had to endure. In short, equating Trump to Hitler is more of an insult to her and the millions who suffered and died during Hitler’s reign.
“Professors shouldn’t be telling their students to go after freedom of speech,” she said. “They should be telling them that this is the greatest country in the world…I see what is happening here, reflecting some of the things we saw in Germany, and it’s terrifying. It’s sad. But it’s not because of Trump. It’s because of poor education. Trump is not like Hitler. The theory that he is is propaganda. Yes, I lived through some of Nazi Germany, but all you have to do is read some books about that period to see how wrong that theory is.”
Andrews added a harsh but much-needed message to the liberals who are protesting against Trump and believing that bullying and violence will get them what they want:
“America needs to grow up. The young people who are rioting and destroying property, who have no respect for elders and freedom of speech, I was so proud to become a citizen of this country.”
I would not dare to put words in the mouth of this amazing woman, Ms. Andrews. She certainly does need my help to put it succinctly. And she did just that.
Based on their history in the U.S. Military, shouldn’t each of these men have resigned the moment they decided NOT to support the policies of the Commander-In-Chief?
Yes, they should — not because they did not bravely and loyally serve the United States, but because none of them are abiding by the commitments they made to follow the leadership in place over them.
More than that, they should each follow the wise practices of almost all those who have ever served at the highest White House positions under numerous presidents throughout history: “Honor, Serve, or Resign.”
“Gentlemen, thank you for your past military service.”