Secretary of Defense James Mattis appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, where he discussed the military’s ability to bridge social and political differences between service members; and in what serves as a reminder of what first propelled Mattis to star-like popularity among Marines, he even answered a question about what keeps him up at night.

“What keeps you awake at night?” CBS reporter John Dickerson asked the famed Marine General turned Defense Secretary.

“Nothing,” he responded as plainly as he might recount a grocery list.  “I keep other people awake at night.”

It’s that very mentality, and Mattis’ combination of compassionate honor, fervor for academics, and willingness to be the very trigger puller that protects our nation from its enemies that have garnered him support from both sides of the political aisle; no small accomplishment in today’s world.  On the same day, 8th graders on a school trip to Washington D.C. refused to take a picture of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan because of his political leanings – in a clear example of the larger team-centric mentality pervading contemporary politics.