James Mattis has broken his silence for the first time since leaving office.
Democrats and Republicans need to hear what he has to say.
He just gave America a warning that we can’t afford to ignore.
James Mattis has a long, impressive military record that has won respect for him from both sides of the political aisle. As the former commander of the U.S. Central Command, Mattis oversaw the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He not only has practical experience. Mattis is known to be a well-read student of history. He has a library of over 7,000 books and has read extensively about the wars and politics of the past.
One of his most notable phrases is:
“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
Being smart is key to achieving victory, not just being strong but also being smart.
And that is the key danger to America. That we won’t be smart.
Mattis sees real danger in the current political climate.
“We are dividing into hostile tribes cheering against each other, fueled by emotion and a mutual disdain that jeopardizes our future, instead of rediscovering our common ground and finding solutions,” he wrote.
“We all know that we’re better than our current politics. Tribalism must not be allowed to destroy our experiment,” he said.
For America to survive, Mattis said, we must live by the motto “E Pluribus Unum” — from many, one.
There used to be an American ideal that all Americans held to, but now there are two different visions that are dividing our nation.
The Democratic Party is preaching a message that America is a racist, sexist country with a terrible past that we ought to be ashamed of.
On the other side there is a vision that America, despite its many flaws, has created the most free and prosperous society that the world has ever known and we should be proud of that.
While one of those visions is clearly superior to the other, Americans must still be willing to have an exchange of ideas with people who think differently than they do.
What do you think we as Americans can do to find common ground with the people on the other side of the political aisle?
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