Thoughts on 'Hamil­ton,' Trump and di­ver­sity

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Cal Thomas tells Trump's team to con­sider some con­ser­va­tive and qual­i­fied peo­ple other than white males for top jobs.

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump says Bran­don Vic­tor Dixon, the ac­tor who cur­rently plays Aaron Burr in the Broad­way mu­si­cal “Hamil­ton,” should apol­o­gize for his tacky lec­tur­ing of Vice-Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence about di­ver­sity and the “fear” of peo­ple like him­self, an African-Amer­i­can, about a Trump-Pence ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Con­ser­va­tives are de­nounc­ing the in­ci­dent. Some are call­ing for a boy­cott of the show, which is sold out for months to come. But wait. Lessons can be learned from any sit­u­a­tion.

When some lib­er­als use the word “di­ver­sity” they are not talk­ing about di­ver­sity of thought or ide­ol­ogy, they mean peo­ple who think alike, but who are dif­fer­ent in out­ward ap­pear­ance. Oth­er­wise the left would cel­e­brate suc­cess­ful con­ser­va­tives from dif­fer­ent racial and eth­nic groups.

Look­ing at the peo­ple com­ing and go­ing from Trump Tower and Trump’s golf re­sort in New Jer­sey, I have ob­served only two women (not count­ing Kel­laynne Con­way) who is not the spouse of a man be­ing in­ter­viewed for a pos­si­ble job in the new ad­min­is­tra­tion. They are Michelle Rhee, the re­form-minded for­mer head of the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., public school sys­tem, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Ha­ley, to be the U.S. Am­bas­sador to the U.N. That’s a start.

One does not need to fall into the lib­eral di­ver­sity trap to sug­gest that the Trump team se­ri­ously con­sider some con­ser­va­tive and qual­i­fied peo­ple other than white males for high po­si­tions in the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

I nom­i­nate K.T. McFar­land for ei­ther U.N. am­bas­sador, or sec­re­tary of de­fense. McFar­land was among the first few women in the na­tional se­cu­rity field. Be­gin­ning in the 1970s, she held po­si­tions in the Nixon, Ford and Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tions. Af­ter leav­ing govern­ment, she went home to raise five chil­dren, but re­turned to the arena af­ter the Sept. 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks. She is cur­rently a com­men­ta­tor on Fox News, where she speaks with author­ity.

If this isn’t enough to at­tract Trump and Pence to her, McFar­land tells me she was “an early and out­spo­ken Trump sup­porter,” even when he was be­ing at­tacked for be­ing anti-wo­man. She also was on his na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee and briefed him be­fore the de­bates.

McFar­land’s re­sume is long and im­pres­sive. She would bring strength, knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and, yes, a strong fe­male voice, to what so far looks like a mostly boys’ club.

McFar­land served as deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of de­fense in the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion. She has also been a chief speech­writer, spokesper­son and one of the high­est-rank­ing women at the Pen­tagon. She wrote the Wein­berger Prin­ci­ples of War, which came to be known as the “Wein­berger Doc­trine,” that out­lined the six ba­sic con­di­tions the U.S. should con­sider be­fore us­ing force in in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tions.

She earned a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity, a Mas­ter of Arts de­gree at Ox­ford and stud­ied at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (Ph.D. pro­gram, all but dis­ser­ta­tion) with con­cen­tra­tions on nu­clear weapons, China and the Soviet Union. She was on Henry Kissinger’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil staff as a col­lege fresh­man, work­ing the night sec­re­tar­ial shift in the Sit­u­a­tion Room. She was there dur­ing many crit­i­cal mo­ments in U.S. for­eign pol­icy, in­clud­ing the open­ing to China, de­tente and arms con­trol, Mid­dle East peace ne­go­ti­a­tions and the Paris Peace Ac­cords.

Ev­ery new pres­i­dent needs loyal and trust­wor­thy peo­ple around him. He also needs ex­pe­ri­enced and knowl­edge­able peo­ple. McFar­land has proved more than her loy­alty to the pres­i­dents she has served. She has shown she has the in­tel­lec­tual strength and real-world ex­pe­ri­ence to en­hance the new ad­min­is­tra­tion and to of­fer ad­vice that will be in

One does not need to fall into the lib­eral di­ver­sity trap to sug­gest that the Trump team se­ri­ously con­sider some con­ser­va­tive and qual­i­fied peo­ple other than white males for high po­si­tions in the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

the best in­ter­ests of the na­tion.

If Trump and Pence don’t take ad­van­tage of her skill and in­sti­tu­tional knowl­edge, they will be miss­ing a grand op­por­tu­nity. An added plus: McFar­land would force the di­ver­sity po­lice to shift the con­ver­sa­tion from gen­der, race and eth­nic­ity, to ide­ol­ogy, about which they are any­thing but di­verse.

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