After a viewing of the film "Captain Philips," I fantasized that it would be great to be able to replace elected officials with the military and vice versa.
The military is competent. It is results oriented and has a code of honor. It accepts great responsibility at huge risk and modest pay.
On the other hand, Congress achieves little and spends its time quarreling over who has power. Their great concern is the next election (theirs); they collect other people's money to fund their ambition to be a "lifer" in office and get a pension that would make most people blush.
They say you get what you pay for. In the case of the armed forces, we do get what we pay for. As for our congressional lifers, we get what we vote for. Every concept has pros and cons and having Congress meeting the enemy in the field could have a benefit -- they would talk them to death.
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