AMAC Exclusive – By Aaron Flanigan
In an era of recurring speakership battles, persistent threats of government shutdowns, and a pervasive far-left legislative agenda pushed by the Biden administration and congressional Democrats, perhaps no one has recently embodied the virtues of statesmanship and the ability to effectively wield political power better than Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), who has courageously and prudently used his position in Congress to subvert the radical left’s agenda and protect the integrity of American institutions.
Tuberville, the former Auburn University football coach who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2020, has established a reputation among the Senate GOP caucus as a warrior for conservative cultural values in the Capitol’s upper chamber.
In recent months especially, he has received multitudes of praise from the right—and ire from the left—for working to block Senate confirmations of military generals on account of the Pentagon’s new pro-abortion policy, which allocates taxpayer dollars to cover abortion-related travel costs for U.S. servicemembers.
“The Secretary of Defense is following through with his radical plan to facilitate thousands of abortions a year with taxpayer dollars,” Tuberville said in February. “So, I will follow through with my plan to hold all DoD civilian, flag, and general officer nominations that come before the U.S. Senate.”
“As I’ve stated, if Secretary Austin wants to change law, he should go through Congress,” he continued. “This is an illegal expansion of [Department of Defense] authority and gross misuse of taxpayer dollars—and I will hold him accountable. The American people want a military focused on national defense, not facilitating a progressive political agenda.”
Though the Senate did recently confirm a Biden nominee as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff late last month, Tuberville has successfully blocked the nominations of more than 300 military nominees—holding the Pentagon accountable for the embrace of left-wing policies and working to strongarm the Biden administration into ending its subsidization of Democrats’ abortion-on-demand extremism.
The liberal media and elected Democrats have predictably resorted to dramatic declarations about how Tuberville’s bold stand is undermining American national security – as sure a sign as any that the Alabama senator’s actions are indeed effective. Democrat Senator Mark Kelly called Tuberville’s crusade “horribly dangerous,” while Biden has described it as “totally irresponsible.”
Despite mounting pressure, Tuberville has shown no signs of budging from his position, even going so far as to say he would continue blocking promotions “forever.”
But the Pentagon has thus far shown few signs of reversing course either. According to Tuberville’s Senate office, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has refused to answer a series of basic questions regarding the military’s pro-abortion policy, compelling Tuberville to send a follow-up letter requesting the number of servicemembers who have used the policy to obtain abortions, among other information.
“Senator Tuberville’s position has not changed: the Pentagon can either reverse its illegal policy or Chuck Schumer can bring the nominations individually to the floor,” the senator’s office stated in a September 22 press release alongside the full text of his letter to Austin.
Though Tuberville’s efforts have sparked outrage among Democrats and even some Republicans, they have won the overwhelming praise of conservative leaders and grassroots supporters. In March, 23 high-profile conservatives signed a letter in support of Tuberville’s initiative—including figures like former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, president of the Susan B. Anthony List Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of CatholicVote.org Brian Burch, and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
In addition to his leadership on the pro-life issue, Tuberville has also been an outspoken advocate for protecting women’s sports, restoring the American family, and upholding traditional understandings of gender. He was also the first Senator to endorse Trump’s 2024 bid to retake the White House, which he offered just days after Trump’s campaign launch.
Conservative leaders like Tuberville are slowly but successfully leading the U.S. Congress out of the establishment mold that has for too long hindered the Republican Party’s ability to effectively represent its constituents and govern according to authentic conservative values.
It is now up to Tuberville’s colleagues to follow his lead, to not hesitate to stir up commotion in Congress when necessary, and above all, to wield the power with which voters have entrusted them.
If more GOP leaders took Tuberville’s approach, it wouldn’t be long before politically courageous policymaking is the rule, rather than the exception, for elected Republicans.
Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.