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No Conservative Future for the GOP

November 17, 2017

Phil Stewart at Reuters reported on a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee held on Thursday, November 16, on the nomination of a Lockheed Martin Corp. executive to a top position at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Senator McCain warned President Trump about appointing any more defense industry executives to Defense Department posts.

A high number of the 23 nominees for Defense are experienced Defense industry company executives.

Every President who is elected as a protest against former Administrations brings new talent to government. During the Reagan Administration, “Who are these people?” was often asked about nominees that had not served in the Eisenhower or Nixon/Ford Administrations.

Now conservatives ask who in God’s creation are Gary Cohn, Steven Mnuchin, H. R. McMasters, Mike Flynn, or the recent nominee to serve as Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Steven Goldstein?

None of these worthies will be there, if we’re lucky enough to elect a conservative President in 2024 or 2028. Nor, in the unlikely event he is elected, will that President be able to reach down into former Trump Administration appointees serving in Sub-Cabinet posts.  Not only are there no conservatives, there are no appointees serving in sub-cabinet positions.  When next we need conservatives to fill the highest positions in government, we’ll hear, again, the words, “Who are these people?” Unfortunately, the reply will be that none is a political or economic conservative.

 

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