ANALYSIS – With President Joe Biden struggling to take the reins of government amid numerous dangers and crises, former Secretary of Defense and four-star Marine Corps General, Jim Mattis warns that the U.S. is in danger of ‘destroying’ its democracy from within. At a talk presented by the OSS Society on Thursday, Mattis said there are “internal threats right now” to the basic underpinnings of our democracy.
In his remarks he mentioned the Capitol riots and the mushrooming $27 trillion national debt.
At one point in his talk, according to Task & Purpose, Mattis specifically, if not by name, mentioned President Trump whom he served: “What we saw on Jan. 6 fomented by a sitting president…” Accusing Trump of fomenting the riot at the Capitol is fairly similar to “inciting” the riots, which the Democrats in the House are impeaching Trump for.
However, Mattis was apparently careful not to refer to the riots as an “insurrection” as the impeachment articles charge. As I have noted previously, Trump was irresponsible in his actions and rhetoric prior to the January 6 riot, but calling it an “insurrection,” or claiming President Trump deliberately incited it, is far from reality.
Almost half of the Senate agrees and calls the impeachment bogus and unconstitutional.
Mattis adds that these “internal problems” are as dangerous as any threats America has faced in its history.:
These are internal problems that I would classify with every bit as much gravity as the external problems and perhaps more so if you go back through our history and look at what this does in other nations and what it’s done to our nation when we went through periods like this.
Mattis is spot on in his concerns over the current internal threats to the Republic.
However, while Mattis mentions the national debt, the Capitol riot and Trump, he apparently failed to mention many months of nationwide violent riots, looting, arson and property destruction aimed at our law enforcement community, radical calls to defund the police, and calls for revolution by the far left.
Nor does he note the growing danger of the ‘police state’ being proposed by some Democrats and ex-members of the intelligence community, using the Capitol riot as a pretext, that former Democrat presidential candidate, Tulsi Gabbard is warning of, and I wrote about here.
These are all equally, if not more serious domestic threats to the Republic, and need to be understood and managed equally. Had Mattis mentioned these other dangers, his warning would carry much more weight with the majority of Americans.
However, his comments noting that democracy is not a default form of government is also spot on.
“How many of us realize we have no ordained right to exist, that every generation has had to fight for freedom in this, what George Washington in his first inaugural called an experiment?” Mattis said, according to Task & Purpose.
He also repeated the famous quote attributed to Ben Franklin of what kind of government had been formed after the Constitutional Convention — “A republic if you can keep it.”
“We don’t hear that anymore,” Mattis said. “And we’ve got to get back to that and understand how precious this is.”
Indeed, we do, General. But to be valid, that warning must apply to all sides of the political spectrum in America. Not just one.