The disaster resulting from President Biden’s incompetent withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is just one more proof of how America’s career politicians have failed America.
Certainly, Biden is known for being consistently wrong on almost every foreign policy issue throughout his many decades in politics. But of course it’s not just Biden – it’s a widespread problem among our nation’s politicians, who over the years have become increasingly detached from the realities of common sense policies that protect liberty and promote prosperity.
If tomorrow morning, we replaced the 535 members of Congress with 535 randomly chosen veterans, we would almost certainly have a Congress that would be more patriotic, and that would make better policy decisions pertaining to foreign policy, national defense, military spending, and honoring those who’ve served our nation.
According to the Military Times:
“Since the start of the 93rd Congress in 1973, when 390 lawmakers (about 73 percent of Congress) had some type of military experience on their resumes, the number of veterans in Congress has declined steadily. In 1993, 236 lawmakers were veterans, according to Congressional Research Service records. By 2001, that number was down to 168. In 2011, it was only 118.”
But in January of this year, when the 117th Congress was sworn in, there were only 91 veterans (74 in the House, 17 in the Senate; more than two-thirds of the veterans in Congress are Republicans).
America is facing many challenges and tough political issues: threats from terrorists and other advesaries; illegal immigration; racial propaganda in our schools; dealing with COVID-19 and other healthcare issues.
Reasonable people can disagree about the best way to handle these issues. But if we want to have more reasonable people in Congress, we need to have a better representation of America’s heroes – our nation’s veterans – elected to Congress.
In 2022, we at the Coalition for American Veterans PAC will be highlighting key political races and informing the public about veterans running in some of the nation’s most hotly-contested districts.