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Why Conservatives Should Support Raphael Warnock

Raphael Warnock
Senator Raphael Warnock visits the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Delta Air Lines Flight Museum in Atlanta, Ga., on Monday, March 8, 2021. (Chris Rank for Rank Studios)

Why Raphael Warnock Should Be Reelected: Nearly 40 years in the U.S. Marine Corps will teach you, often in the most painful way possible, that national security is fundamentally a serious business.

Sure, those committed to protecting the United States and its interests have fun every now and then – just ask a sailor on shore leave – but national security decisions are ultimately life and death decisions. Such decisions should only be made by serious people, who have done serious thinking about them. A Senate vote on whether the men and women I used to command go to war should not be cast by a naïf or as a matter of “infotainment.”

Which brings me to the Senate runoff in Georgia. I understand the conservative viewpoint. I understand when Republicans call for a more robust defense budget and a more combative approach with our adversaries. What I cannot countenance, however, is a politician from either party who does not treat American national security with the serious thought and somber approach it demands.

If you believe, as I do, that American national security is important, you must support Senator Raphael Warnock for reelection. That is true whether you are progressive, conservative, or somewhere in between. Simply put, Herschel Walker lacks the capacity or the will to take matters of American national security seriously.

The comparison could not be clearer. National security is not Sen. Warnock’s signature issue, but he has been effective. He has the backbone to buck his party, particularly when it comes to the military and veterans. Most notably, he has worked strenuously – and hand-in-hand with Republicans – to prevent the Department of Defense from shutting down the Savannah Air Dominance Center. Alongside Republican Rep. Buddy Carter, he has put out statements, met with DoD officials, held interviews, and otherwise made clear that, if the Department wanted to shut down SADC, they’d have to fight him every step of the way.

Yet he also understands when it’s time to put down his sword and negotiate. This has been clear in his work to ensure Robins Air Force Base receives the resources it needs to reach its full potential as “the crown jewel” of military technology. While negotiations are ongoing, RAFB is anticipating a host of new civilian and military personnel, new software, and more jobs in the STEM field.

Herschel Walker, on the other hand, and in my mind, does not have the character or capacity to make the life-and-death decisions required of a national security leader.  It is not just his temper and propensity for violence that are troubling, though actions like holding a loaded weapon to his wife’s head would have gotten him court-martialed immediately. Nor is it just his inability to take responsibility as a businessman or as a father.

It is that Walker is a fundamentally unserious person, the sort that the Marine Corps would never consider for command. His take on gun laws? “What I like to do is see it and everything and stuff.” His take on the climate crisis? That we already have “enough trees” and that China is stealing “our good air.” His take on faith and public life? Something about werewolves being able to kill vampires.

These are not the comments of a serious man able to grapple with important, complex issues.

Seriousness, then, is the crux of the matter. Military personnel and veterans and anyone who has served know that. Ultimately, we must trust our leaders with our lives. And neither I nor any other veteran marine I’ve met wants our life and death decisions being made by someone who fails to seriously grapple with the immense issues and the immense stakes.

Those who serve are proud, as well we should be. We are proud of our discipline, our accomplishments, and our seriousness. We should demand the same of our leaders.

Senator Warnock is the only candidate for Senate in Georgia who passes that test.

You can agree or disagree with Raphael Warnock’s thinking on those issues, but you at least know there was thinking involved. For Walker, however, it’s unclear what point he is even trying to make.

In an era when politics no longer ends at the water’s edge, support for the troops – and, broadly speaking, keeping America safe – is the one issue where Americans still agree. That agreement is fundamental to America’s national character and to the health of American society.

I fear nothing more than American national security becoming just another circus issue, one where senators with no knowledge of essential matters get on television and bloviate or, worse yet, make critical decisions without pausing to understand the facts.

I fear an America where unserious people dictate serious matters.

Senator John McCain once proudly put “Country First.” Conservatives who still believe in that valiant credo must support Raphael Warnock.

About the Author: Lt. General Willie J. Williams retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013 following a nearly 40-year career.

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Lt. General Willie J. Williams retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013 following a nearly 40-year career.

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

    December 1, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    You cannot be serious – the same Democrat Warnock that is the pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ senior ‘pastor’ of the thoroughly apostate Ebenezer Baptist Church who denies the resurrection of Jesus?
    No conservative would dare support this heretical, woke individual.

  2. Paddy Manning

    December 1, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Appalling utterly dishonest piece.
    Warnock is a dreadful candidate for a dreadful party that supports a thoroughly dreadful president. Warnock himself has a grab back of thoroughly bad ideas when he has any but to vote for this mendacious, pro abortion joke isbt just a betrayal of any conservative principals it’s a betrayal of America.

  3. Rick

    December 1, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Neutered, You have just confirmed your bigotry. Congratulations.

  4. Jim Higgins

    December 1, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Warnock is AN anti-christ (note the lower case). Whether he is THE anti-christ remains to be seen.

  5. No commies allowed

    December 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    I’d sooner try to fight my way out of a Putin torture chamber than vote for Warlock.
    Maybe it’s just me and my antipathy for commie scum, near and far.

    Didn’t this guy’s own wife publicly state what a lying SOB he is and how he ran over her foot intentionally with a car?

    Yeah, she did.

  6. Steven

    December 1, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    They love that welfare check. Sing and dance and have a good time and get paid for doing nothing while everyone else does the work. That’s the democrap message. And they want you guns and your children.

  7. Jim Jones

    December 1, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Hell no. What is wrong with you?

  8. Jim Jones

    December 1, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    This reminds of when Gen Powell came out and backed Obammy for President. A true traitor.

  9. Ron Lawrence

    December 1, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I cannot believe I read this from a so-called serious person.. Warnock has voted for every leftist nut job idea that harms the military including kicking out unvaxxed members. Wake the hell up!

  10. Jim

    December 1, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    It’s disappointing that a 3-star general has such a myopic view of the problems in the US writ large. Hate to break it to you general, but there’s more than just the Defense budget in play here. Step back and take a battlefield view of the situation: Inflation out of control, gas prices, energy prices, home heating prices, school curriculum, religious freedom, border security, 2nd Amendment violations, serious allegations of voter fraud… I could go on.

    No idea how you got your stars. Well, I do actually.

  11. HAT451

    December 1, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Hershel Walker supports common sense and critical thinking; not woke policies or critical race theory.

    I see this as an unserious article bashing Hershel Walker in favor of slum lord who never found a woke agenda he would not support regardless of the detriment of the United States Constitution, a document every officer of the United States swears to multiple times in their career to uphold and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic.

  12. Ted Unlis

    December 1, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    A shame that this delusional bigoted lying post turtle was actually handed the rank of USMC Lt General. Scary to think someone that weak, biased, and shallow was given the responsibility of leading and keeping safe brave Marines under his command. Absolutely pathetic.

  13. GhostTomahawk

    December 2, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Warnock has voted party line 100%. He was bankrolled by Soros and Bankman-Fried. Sorry you’re not taking that money off you’re not bending the knee.

    Mr Williams Sir, you lost all credibility with this post. You’re not being a big picture thinker. It’s more defense spending for Ukraine in OUR best interests? The answer is no. I’d rethink your position if I were you as you clearly have lost your God damn mind. While both candidates are flawed America can not withstand more green lit Democrat politics.

  14. Jack

    December 2, 2022 at 12:40 am

    John McCain did not really try to Win when he ran for President.

    McCain took Great pleasure in Backstabbing his fellow Republican.

    McCain was a Vile creature

  15. Friedrich Gettert

    December 2, 2022 at 1:13 am

    It is disheartening to see otherwise intelligent people get caught up in an inverse personality cult. Talking about the Trump hate fetish cult. For conservatives, the rituals practiced by this cult are like the celebrant taking aim at the intended target (an irritating man who is not on the ballot) by holding a pistol to his right ear, pointing the left ear at the target and pulling the trigger.

  16. Mike W

    December 2, 2022 at 8:12 am

    While Herschel Walker may not the dream candidate for Conservatives, Warnock has been the rubber stamp for massive overspending resulting inflation, and economic hardships for all Americans – especially the poor. In addition, Warnock has supported the destruction of our Energy Independence, and if you don’t believe that’s a massive national security failure, then you’re not paying attention. We are weaker, poorer, and disenfranchised under Warnock and this Administration. Time for Warnock to return to his flock.

  17. Roger Bacon

    December 2, 2022 at 11:32 am

    “National Defense” and “Democrat majority” are incompatible terms. NEVER vote for a Democrat if you love America. It really is that simple in the 21st century.

  18. Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

    December 2, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    “Rick” Someone apparently did you a great disservice in teaching you that truth somehow equates to ‘bigotry’ – it does not.
    The facts I quoted about the faux ‘pastor’ Warnock are verifiably undisputable.

  19. Fred Adams

    December 2, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    This is utterly idiotic. Warnock is an anti-American commy, Walker is an American. Supporting a few pork barrel tidbits for his own state doesn’t make a record on defense concerns. It only supports his devotion to a local economy, not to national security.

    Citing what the author thinks might be Walker’s positions is stupid. These are just unsupported opinion and commie-biased opinion at that.

    Why publish such unutterable garbage ?

  20. Surf

    December 2, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    Oh, yeah, the avowed communist will be great for the U.S. military…lol!….

    Maybe he can have China instruct our troops in civics…..

  21. Infantry Grunt

    December 2, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    A baby-butchering, Constitution-hating Communist, and liberation-theology cultural Marxist like Warnock for US Senator? I think not!

    If We The People do not restore election integrity before the next election then we are headed for 1861 2.0

    This post is seditious if not treasonous…

  22. Casey

    December 2, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Is this an Onion article?

  23. Scottfs

    December 3, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Oh, so Conservatives should support a Marxist.

    Right…lol.

  24. JT

    December 3, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Unbelievable. Thank you sir for your service to this great nation, but I cannot fathom how someone with 40 years invested in protecting the United States can write such drivel. This is intellectually dishonest at best, and downright unintelligent at worst. I’m actually shocked that this web site would publish such complete and total nonsense. Astonishing.

  25. Katie Thompson

    December 3, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    What a garbage article. Warnock is a Marxist, which apparently so are you. You are an embarrassment and a danger to this country. Treasonous. If you want communism, then move! Go away to a communist country!

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