Trump de­fines busi­ness as not-usual for D.C.

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

If the def­i­ni­tion of in­san­ity is do­ing the same thing over and over again while ex­pect­ing a dif­fer­ent out­come, then Don­ald J. Trump is cur­ing in­san­ity in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. Which is kind of funny when you con­sider how batchip crazy so many peo­ple have gone over the past four weeks. Rant­ing and rav­ing about leav­ing the coun­try. Cancel­ing Christ­mas par­ties. Bran­jelina break­ing up.

In Wash­ing­ton, po­lit­i­cal zom­bies fill the streets, wan­der­ing aim­lessly in tat­tered clothes they haven’t changed in weeks. Eyes are like throb­bing bull’s-eyes. Stum­bling. Ex­ces­sively med­i­cated.

I tossed an empty cof­fee cup into a city trash can on Capi­tol Hill the other day and a wo­man in a trench coat and car­ry­ing a brief­case came charg­ing down the side­walk at me with a wild, dis­traught look on her face.

“No!!!!” she cried, grab­bing the trash can. “That is MY trash can! You can’t do that! What are you do­ing?” She was on the verge of tears. May have been ac­tu­ally cry­ing. Clearly not among the army of vot­ers ea­ger to Make America Great Again.

Re­tired Marine Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mat­tis, on the other hand, is will­ing to serve.

A fear­some war­rior, Gen. Mat­tis is a big, strate­gic thinker who has stud­ied America, civil­ians and sol­diers over the past decade and a half of con­stant war — the long­est such span in Amer­i­can his­tory. When there is a yawn­ing dis­con­nect be­tween the tiny frac­tion of Amer­i­cans who serve in the mil­i­tary and the vast sea of civil­ians who en­joy the free­doms thereby se­cured, se­ri­ous prob­lems arise.

When civil­ians in Congress have a ca­sual ten­dency to launch wars they later lose in­ter­est in (see: John Kerry, Hil­lary Clin­ton, Harry Reid), then we have a se­ri­ous prob­lem.

Weak politi­cians change their minds and then move on to their next who­r­ish ex­ploit. Sol­diers lose their legs or their lives or their minds and they don’t get to move on.

This is the sin­gle most press­ing con­cern of our fed­eral gov­ern­ment to­day.

Gen. Mat­tis also never loses sight of the ex­plicit pur­pose of our mil­i­tary: To find the en­emy and kill them swiftly and fe­ro­ciously. “Do not cross us,” he once ex­plained of his Marines. “Be­cause if you do, the sur­vivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”

That is what you call a firm grasp of the par­tic­u­lars while never los­ing the big picture.

Gays in the mil­i­tary? Women in com­bat? Gen. Mat­tis has only one re­ply. Does it in­crease the lethal­ity of our fight­ing troops?

Of course, the Masters of In­san­ity in Wash­ing­ton are just fine do­ing the same thing over and over again. The dirty se­cret is that they don’t even want a dif­fer­ent re­sult. They like things just fine.

These peo­ple will do every­thing in their power to stop Gen. Mat­tis. They are the same ones al­ready carp­ing about re­tired brain sur­geon Ben Car­son’s be­ing picked to run the Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment.

He doesn’t have ex­pe­ri­ence run­ning such a mas­sive bu­reau­cracy! He does not have a back­ground in fed­eral wel­fare pro­grams!

Well, he grew up in poverty in Detroit and be­came a brain sur­geon. Sounds like the right ex­pe­ri­ence to me.

Any­way, if a guy as smart and de­cent and ded­i­cated as Mr. Car­son can­not get a han­dle on HUD, then that doesn’t mean there is some­thing wrong with Mr. Car­son. That means some­thing is wrong with HUD. And it is high time HUD got zapped into shape.

Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live. com; fol­low him on Twit­ter via @charleshurt.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s picks to lead the Pen­tagon and the Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment show busi­ness will not go on as usual in Wash­ing­ton.

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