The voters of Arkansas made a great decision when they elected Tom Cotton to the Senate. Under tremendous pressure, Sen. Cotton has told the truth to America.

The New York Times published an opinion piece by Sen. Cotton last week. Nothing unusual about the "paper of record" publishing the opinion of one of the 100 members of our Senate.

Except for this time, when it became unusual. People at the NYT have lost their jobs because they published the opinion of a United States Senator.

Senator Cotton was an accomplished American before he became a member of Congress. There was a time when it wasn't unusual for a person to be an accomplished American before they were elected to office; we used to consider that a prerequisite for being elected to run our nation. Massachusetts elected John F. Kennedy to the U.S. Senate in part because he served with distinction in the military. America elected General Dwight D. Eisenhower to the presidency based on his military accomplishments in World War II.

Sen. Cotton, like JFK, graduated from Harvard and joined the military at a time of war. Tom Cotton earned his Ranger tab, his airborne wings, and a second Harvard degree when he completed law school. He served in combat as an infantry officer. He served as an Army officer in both Iraq and Afganistan. He earned a Bronze Star for his service as an American soldier.

The people of Arkansas sent this combat veteran to represent them in Congress as a member of the Republican Party.

When the cities and towns of America were recently invaded by looters, this U.S. Senator wrote an opinion piece advocating the preparation of our country's military should they be needed to protect the lives and property of Americans.

He spelled out the law, as a Harvard Law School graduate would, and the military history as a decorated Army officer would in his New York Times piece. Sen. Cotton gave examples of Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower using the United States military in similar situations.

The editors at the New York Times published Senator's Cotton piece. I can't imagine a single editor who would have rejected the piece. But the mob didn't like the piece. America's "paper of record" bent to the mob and added to the current pool of unemployed workers to appease the radicals.

The folks in Arkansas have better reading comprehension skills and a stronger backbone than the folks at the New York Times. Thank God for Arkansas and for Senator Tom Cotton.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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