Donald Trump nominated two highly respected military men to top positions in his administration.
Gen. James Mattis will be leading the Department of Defense and Gen. John Kelly will be heading up the Department of Homeland Security.
There is little doubt both men will do a fine job.
If you want a little bit more of an understanding as to how much Gen. Kelly loves his country then look no further than a comment he made before his confirmation hearing.
He was asked why he wasn’t wearing an American flag pin.
His response spoke volumes.
From Task And Purpose:
It’s important to note that wearing the flag pin isn’t necessarily a time-honored American tradition. In fact, Richard Nixon may have been the first U.S. president to ever wear one. According to one of his biographers, Nixon got the idea from his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, who apparently got the idea from the Robert Redford film “The Candidate.”
American flag pins became popular again after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when George W. Bush and his aides all began wearing them. Many Fox News anchors followed suit; though, as Time reports, Bill O’Reilly chose to keep his lapels flag-free, defending his decision to do so by saying, “I’m just a regular guy. Watch me and you’ll know what I think without wearing a pin.”
Kelly seems to think along those same lines: Patriotism isn’t a fashion statement. It’s simply a state of being, especially when we’re talking about people who’ve dedicated their lives to public service.
Yeah, I think Gen. Kelly is going to do just fine.
A great American through and through.