Kelly Exposes Ugliness on the Left, Limpness on the Right

By | 2017-10-21T09:48:59+00:00 October 20th, 2017|
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Once again, the Left—in its frenzy to deploy any weapon at hand to damage President Trump—made the critical mistake of allowing us to peer behind the curtain and see what they’re really up to.  

Democrats and their accomplices in the media attempted to gin up controversy following the deaths of four service members killed in Niger earlier this month. They pounced again after a notorious Democratic Party hack, and self-proclaimed “rock star,”  Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.), said Trump’s call to one of the Gold Star families was “insensitive.”

Wilson announced with indignation that Trump told a widow of one of the slain soldiers her husband “knew what he signed up for…but when it happens, it hurts anyway.” The furrowed brows crowd populating our illustrious Democratic-media complex ran with the story, eager to tar Trump and turn Niger into his Benghazi—only this time, it would be a Benghazi that actually mattered to them.

This was not to be, however, because we no longer live in the Bush era. Trump and his team understand the importance of fighting back in the face of reckless criticism. Absorbing low blows from your political adversaries serves no good purpose when they are beyond shame.

So General John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, stepped in and gave them a much-deserved thrashing.

Kelly manfully detailed the heart-wrenching process of what happens after a member of our armed services dies in combat. He spoke of how a family is notified—an experience with which he is all too familiar, both as a commander and as a father who has lost a son in Afghanistan. He defended Trump from the media’s attacks but, even more important, he eviscerated the credibility and the honor of Rep. Wilson and her characteristically self-serving misrepresentations. (Misrepresentations that have been refuted now by other families, too.)

After doing so, he took us back to a place of honor—back to the “stones” of Arlington National Cemetery that mark the final resting places of the finest men and women our great nation has ever produced. These stories about the sacrifices made by our men and women in the military (and the sacrifices of their families) should shame us all as we gobble up this media-created spectacle. How can we reflect on these incredible acts of valor and then wish to wallow in the latest attempt to exploit every misfortune and turn it into an anti-Trump talking point?

Regarding what Trump said to the widow, Kelly maintained it was nothing more than advice he gave the president prior to the call:

Well, let me tell you what I told him. Let me tell you what my best friend, Joe Dunford, told me—because he was my casualty officer. He said, Kel, he was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1 percent. He knew what the possibilities were because we’re at war. And when he died, in the four cases we’re talking about, Niger, and my son’s case in Afghanistan—when he died, he was surrounded by the best men on this Earth: his friends. That’s what the President tried to say to four families the other day.

Kelly also hit back hard against Wilson’s despicable attacks:

I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning, and broken-hearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing. A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the President of the United States to a young wife, and in his way tried to express that opinion—that he’s a brave man, a fallen hero, he knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted. There’s no reason to enlist; he enlisted. And he was where he wanted to be, exactly where he wanted to be, with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken.

If Wilson had any part of character or virtue, she would silently accept Kelly’s damning judgment. Instead, and unbelievably, she reacted to Kelly’s emotional presser by stating that he was simply “trying to keep his job.” “He will say anything,” she said. And this newly-minted “rock star” then debased herself further:

Her appalling words are surpassed only by her abominable behavior. In truth, she ought to resign immediately.

General Kelly is a 46 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He buried his 29 year old son in 2010 after he was killed during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Kelly’s other son is currently deployed in the Mideast. On Thursday Kelly presented a shining and sorely needed example of what it means to be an exceptional patriot and human being. Frederica Wilson, in contrast, presented an example of what it is to be a political hack of the lowest kind with a soul, apparently so corrupted by devotion to a desire to dishonor others, that it beggars description.

And Wilson isn’t the only person whose excessive vanity approaches satanic proportions. The pile on from leftists savaging Kelly, after he had the temerity to tell the truth, has begun. Brian Fallon, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign spokesman and director of public affairs at the Obama Justice Department, called Kelly “odious” for being an “enabler of Trump.”

Fallon’s absurd and truly deplorable statement demonstrates that the Left is devoted to taking down anyone who stands in its way. They have weaponized truth, justice, honor, and patriotism in order to fend off any perceived threat to their power. This is the Left’s ugly core, now exposed for all the world to see. They believe their superior refinement and wisdom entitles them to rule us with, or without, our consent.

Wilson is a perfect example of the immense moral rot that today is termed “normal” by the press and the captains of the political-cultural industrial complex. Just let that sink in. Then recall that there remains a group of conservative and GOP elite who prefer to follow the lead of former President George W. Bush, always presenting a “polite,” “mannered,” and “dignified” demeanor.

This is not dignity. It is weakness. If you can’t muster righteous indignation in the face of outrages like Frederica Wilson and instead heap disdain upon those like President Trump and General Kelly who, though they “knew what they were signing up for,” go out into the political trenches and fight back, what good are you to the country you claim to love?

In his patriotic dignity, Kelly explained that “there’s nothing in our country anymore that seems to suggest that selfless service to the nation is not only appropriate, but required.” This seems to apply with equal force to his own service in the White House. There’s nothing to indicate that this service is either required of him or even appreciated, given the torrent of criticism and condemnation he’s getting for speaking honestly about the fight in front of us and the nature of those now waging it.

But someday those who now decry him will benefit from the sacrifices of patriots like General Kelly. And the country these patriots are good enough and loving enough to defend in spite of all condemnation will owe them yet another debt. These men know America is the last best hope of men on earth for self-government, and they are acting as men should act when they know that.

This is the kind of patriotic dignity Americans need to muster if we expect to continue living in freedom and prosperity.

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About the Author:

Mike Sabo
Mike Sabo is a Mt. Vernon Fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a recent graduate of the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College. He and his wife live in Alexandria, Virginia.