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Mazzei Minute: 02/25/22

Everyone is talking about identity politics these days as President Joe Biden gets set to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court.


I can tell you as a small business owner and part time public servant that diversity and inclusion are vital components for success and helping our community.


But it must also be stated, politically correct or not, that capability and character are just as important. No company, institution, or government will establish excellence and transformative change without a combination of capability, character, and diversity.


The Biden Administration is failing in so many areas because diversity became the absolute mandate of the political left and capability was hardly a second thought.


Kamala Harris was chosen to be Biden’s vice president, even though she proved to be one of the worst presidential candidates. She has now brought this same dysfunction to the west wing.


Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin fit the right “profile,” but his poor leadership led to the debacle in Afghanistan. Small town mayor Pete Buttigieg wasn’t even close to being qualified to be Secretary of Transportation, and he was practically AWOL during the nation’s supply and logistics problems with our ports.


Even the Washington Post has reported the Biden Administration’s frustration with Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra’s failure to handle our health care bureaucracy to effectively deal with the latest wave of COVID. But once again, he fit the “profile” as a left leaning Hispanic lawyer, albeit with no health care experience.


The U.S. Senate will now get to determine if Judge Jackson is worthy of confirmation. Some members of the senate will focus strictly on identity and her alignment with the liberal establishment. Hopefully others will truly examine her credentials and character to serve as the historic first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.