Trump's former defense secretary Mattis blasts president as a threat to American democracy

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      RealityRedux
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      BRAVO, General!! It’s about time that one of our high ranking brass used their mighty balls by spelling out the truth!! Who knows, maybe this will encourage other military personnel of importance to stand up to our immature privileged dictator.

       

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/03/mattis-supports-protesters-slams-trump-threat-democracy/3138814001/

      Deirdre Shesgreen
      USA TODAY

       

      WASHINGTON – Former Defense Secretary James Mattis denounced President Donald Trump Wednesday in an statement that hammered his former boss as a threat to American democracy.

      Trump is needlessly dividing the country and “militarizing” America’s response to the protests, Mattis wrote in a statement published by The Atlantic magazine.

      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,” he wrote.

      “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort,” he continued. “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.”

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    • #323060
      RealityRedux
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      General Mattis truly understands our ‘stable genius’-in-chief 3 years later.

       

      https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/06/james-mattis-denounces-trump-protests-militarization/612640/

      Jeffrey Goldberg
      June 3, 2020

      When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.

      We must reject any thinking of our cities as a “battlespace” that our uniformed military is called upon to “dominate.” At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.

      James Madison wrote in Federalist 14 that “America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” We do not need to militarize our response to protests. We need to unite around a common purpose. And it starts by guaranteeing that all of us are equal before the law.

      Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that “The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’” We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.

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    • #323061
      Mindwalker
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      People vote, but they’re told what to vote for my billions of dollars in ads.  Furthermore, we don’t get a real choice, just an option of who sucks less from the poing of view of our ideological prison.  Whatever “choice” we get is between two people to are deeply entrenched with big business and will do whatever they want, no matter who it hurts – see privatized prisons for just the easiest example.

    • #323755
      ArtfromArk
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      Even the “Mad Dog” is seeing the light

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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      ravensong
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      feel the same.  Generals both active, and retired.

      Trump’s treason will not be tolerated.  I stand with General Mattis.

      “A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.” ~ Booker T. Washington

      The truth is, there’s no such thing as being “anti-Fascist.” Either you are a decent human being with a conscience, or you are a fascist.
      ~ Unknown

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