GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska had some interesting thoughts to share on current affairs today. She communicated Thursday on Capitol Hill: “I thought [former Secretary of Defense] General [James] Mattis’s words were true and honest and necessary and overdue.” The Marine General speaking of President Trump and heated protests nation wide.
“When I saw Gen. Mattis’s comments yesterday I felt like perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns we might hold internally and have the courage of our convictions and speak up,” she told.
“I think right now as we are all struggling to find ways to express the words that need to be expressed appropriately, questions about who I’m going to vote for [or] not going to vote for I think are distracting at the moment,” Sen. Murkowski said.
While asked if she could vote for Trump in the 2020 election, Murkowski stated, “I am struggling with it. I have struggled with it for a long time.” But she noted Trump is “our duly elected president” and “will continue to work with him” plus “continue to work with this administration.”
General Mattis expressed that, “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.”
In addition, “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.”
He stressed, “It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect.” Make no mistake there is a conflict.