Secretary of Defense, Former General Mattis-

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gave an interview.

Which is hardly news, except that it was to a high school kid.

Who got his number from an accidental leak.

Full transcript is here, and a timely quote is after the break:

 

TEDDY: You were quoted recently in the The New Yorker as saying that what worried you most in your new position as secretary of defense was “The lack of political unity in America.” How do you believe younger generations of Americans should be working towards improving America’s political climate?

MATTIS: I think the first thing is to be very slow to characterize your fellow Americans. I know that when people have to run for office they have to say “I’m smart and my opponent’s dumb,” or “I’ve got better ideas than my opponent.” That’s politics there’s nothing wrong with that. But, I get very very concerned when I hear people start characterizing their opponents as stupid. I still understand that because politics is a little rough and tumble at times, but I don’t buy it and when they start calling each other either crazy or evil. You and I, we don’t compromise with crazy people or evil people. And so, I don’t think that’s helpful. Generally speaking, just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t make them crazy or evil.
I don’t care for ideological people. It’s like those people just want to stop thinking.
By sitting down and talking with them, after having a good strong argument, going out and having a root beer with them, maybe showing up at the same church, maybe going to the hospital to see their kid when they’re having their appendix out, reminds you that they’re human beings too. There’s no reason to get all worked up as if someone is evil or crazy. For one thing, none of us are perfect and all-knowing, so this might be their right, and that’s why I don’t care for ideological people. It’s like those people just want to stop thinking. They know what they think, they don’t read anything but one newspaper that agrees with them or they watch only one television news show because it reinforces them, instead of listening to the ones that don’t agree with them. So, I think the way you get over it is, you take people one at a time and you give them the same credit you give yourself and your ideas.

Please, go read the whole thing.   Although the “Mad Dog” title is more popularly known, he doesn’t care for it– and in the Marines, he was better known as the Warrior Monk.  (In the sense of “has a ton of books he studies like crazy,” not the “kung fu” sense, with a possible nod to his well known lack of, ahem, romantic entanglements.)

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2 Comments

  1. No wonder the marines adore this man. Almost sounds like the spirit of Robert E. Lee rests upon him.

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