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Forgiveness.

It’s woven into the very foundation of our country.

The President…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.  ARTICLE II, SECTION 2, CLAUSE 1

For those of us with faith, it’s part of our moral compass.

But it’s something that seems to get lost in this social-media driven, blood-thirsty culture.

Remember when people once made mistakes…apologized for them… and then were forgiven?

Enter: Carl Higbie.  Former NAVY SEAL.  Author. Political pundit.  Served in the Trump administration.  A man who – despite what the media wants you to believe about him – is a patriot, a friend and a brother.

Higbie resigned when old radio segments of him surfaced and CNN did an exposé.  Or, as some might call it, a political assassination.

It doesn’t matter how you dub it.  Higbie, who made the mistake of trying to be a political radio shock jock after leaving the military, had gone too far.

And, unlike many others in society, he owned it.  He resigned.  He put his tail between his legs.  He recognized that his past had come back to haunt him.  And he apologized – truly apologized.

But we all know what happens these days.  An apology isn’t enough.  In many cases, that apology isn’t even heard because of the roar of social media and the calls for heads to roll.

I’d pose this simple question: should we judge an entire man’s reputation on what he said and apologized for… or on a lifetime of actions?

That’s why I sat down with Carl in a one-on-one, exclusive interview where Carl talked about his rise and fall….his mistakes… and what’s next.

On Rules of Engagement: Higbie talks about a defining moment for him in the military.  A good friend of his was told to NOT blow up an IED that was found on the side of the road in Iraq because it would “disturb the locals”.  He was told to transport the IED back and blow it up on base.  He went to follow the command… and was killed when it blew up.

On Homosexuality: Higbie says regrets his comments about homosexuality and having said he doesn’t like those who are gay.  The turning point for him was when a close friend of his came out of the closet – Higbie says it changed his perspective.  What created that anger in the first place?

“I was pretty harshly molested when I was a kid.  That gave me a tainted view of homosexuality. Right or wrong, an 11-year-old kid copes with it the way an 11-year-old kid needs to,” Higbie said.

On Racism: Higbie was revealed having talked about a “lapse in morality” in the black community.  His explanation?  The statement was taken completely out of context.  He says he was addressing concerns about out of wedlock marriages, black on black crime, the concentration of black men in prisons and the graduation rate of black students.  Higbie says it wasn’t said out of hate, but rather out of concern.  He points out that CNN didn’t reveal the conversation that happened on the three minutes on either side of the soundbite and argues that if they had, it would have painted a very different picture.

“I was concerned about this, I wasn’t angry about it, and I didn’t hate for it.  I was trying to get people to talk about these issues, but it’s so taboo,” Higbie said.

On Muslims: Higbie says his comments about Islam came out of a conversation about Islamic extremists, terror attacks and the slaughter of Americans.  At 20-years-old, Higbie dropped out of college to join the military and go to war.  After three years of intense training, he deployed to Iraq.  He points out that in military training, you’re taught to cope with killing Islamic terrorists by learning to hate an enemy… in this case, terrorists.

“In order to cope with killing people, my young brain had to rationalize a hatred towards an enemy,” he said.  “When you go to someone else’s country in a foreign land 5,000 – 6,000 miles away, fight a brutal, bloody battle, lose friends, have to take lives of sometimes people younger than you, it’s difficult.  And it’s hard for the human brain to rationalize that kind of brutality.  And as a way to do it, the military, in tune, teaches you to hate Islam,” Higbie said.

What’s Next: Higbie has started a new podcast called Liberty and Cocktails.  Some of his first guests?  Anthony Scaramucci, Governor Huckabee, General Mike Flynn, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Rick Ungar, Kaya Jones, Kevin Jackson, Johnny Walker, Antonio Sabato Jr. and more.  You can check it out on LibertyandCocktails.com.

Kyle S. Reyes is the founder of The Whiskey Patriots, Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing, and the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on patriotism and leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing by storytelling. You can follow him on Facebook.