America Needs Senator Tommy Tuberville
August 1, 2023 | View PDF
As a former legislator and lifelong conservative Republican, I have come to understand the distinct and often harsh tone of politics in America. The game is played tough, and those who shy away from the hard tackles of debate and policy often find themselves on the sidelines. I have been in the trenches, and I know the quality of a true fighter when I see one. Today, I want to talk about a warrior of a different kind who has transitioned his battle from the football field to the U.S. Senate — Senator Tommy Tuberville.
As a former football coach, Tuberville has a unique perspective on leadership. In his career, he has led teams to win championships. He knows the value of discipline, hard work, and teamwork. His focus is not only on winning but on building character, which is perhaps the most underappreciated quality of a leader. These skills have allowed him to navigate the political world with ease and effectiveness.
One of Tuberville's critical strengths lies in his consistent dedication to conservative principles. Too often we see politicians waver and bend to the whims of public opinion. Senator Tuberville, however, understands that sound fiscal and social policy do not change with the political tides. They are founded on values that have stood the test of time — values that have kept this country on its feet even in the most challenging circumstances.
Over the past two years, the Biden administration has infused woke politics into the military, a move that reached a regrettable peak in February. The administration is saddling taxpayers with the cost of travel and paid leave for service members, their spouses, and dependents seeking elective abortions. This move blatantly disregards a bipartisan agreement, The Hyde Amendment, which has stood for 40 years: taxpayers should not be compelled to fund abortions, barring cases of rape, incest, or threats to the life of the mother. Despite this long-standing consensus Supreme Court precedent, the Biden administration sidestepped the law with a simple memorandum.
When rumors of this radical policy change began to circulate in December, Senator Tuberville issued a stern warning to Pentagon officials, threatening to block their nominees in the Senate if they persisted. However, the administration defiantly proceeded with their illegal plan, prompting Senator Tuberville to fulfill his promise by blocking nominations.
In response, the Washington outrage machine sprang into action. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took an unusual step calling out Senator Tuberville by name on the Senate floor. Being relatively new to Capitol Hill, Tuberville was surprised to find himself the specific target of the majority leader four days in a row. A symphony of pro-abortion Democrats joined Schumer, reproaching Tuberville for staying true to his word.
This indignation, however, is markedly selective. Senate Democrats have recently threatened holds on military nominations to halt the relocation of the military’s Space Command from Colorado to Huntsville, Alabama – a decision deemed optimal by the Air Force.
Senator Tuberville's hold has so far impacted 187 nominations. Yet Democrats need not chastise him, especially as they disregard the military's real crisis: recruitment. Thanks to the Biden administration's liberal appointees, the military has experienced its sharpest drop in recruitment in 50 years. There's a shortfall of more than 15,000 Army recruits from last year, not to mention over 8,000 service members discharged due to Biden's vaccine mandate.
Democrats have failed to elucidate how abortion makes our military stronger or safer. Their sole focus is to win the culture war.
Contrary to Democratic rhetoric and outright lies by the mainstream press, Senator Tuberville's hold does not prevent confirmations. Senators could circumvent his hold with a straightforward confirmation vote on a specific nominee. It merely stops nominees from being confirmed en masse via a process known as unanimous consent. With the Senate having taken 35 days off this year, there has been ample time to vote.
Senator Tuberville is not a career politician. He is a proven leader and a devoted public servant. His unconventional path to the Senate has equipped him with a fresh perspective and a distinct set of skills. He has shown that he can face the opposition, rally his team, and deliver results. He is the kind of leader that America needs — a leader who prioritizes principle over politics and service over self-interest.