The PJ Tatler

Change: Military Vets Heading to Congress As GOP Takes Over

As some idiot named “David Kahane” said in Rule No. 8 of Rules for Radical Conservatives: get better officers:

Because, frankly, you’ve forgotten how to fight.

Look, I have to admit there’s nothing wrong with either the conservative or Republican base.  Frankly, you guys terrify us, you and your damn fascist Tea Parties.  Is there anything more frightening than seas of grandmothers waving American flags and singing “patriotic” songs?  I don’t think so.  But the bozos driving your clown car need a complete upgrading in order to meet the new challenges of the 21st century, and one that current crop of “leaders” is simply not up to.  You morons need smart, ruthless and savvy leadership, younger than your basic World War II veteran – hell, we’ve run a self-confessed draft dodger and a guy who can’t even produce a valid passport against you, — not that there’s anything wrong with that! – and you got beat both times.  If you’re going to bring fruit salad and scrambled eggs to a knife fight, you might as well make sure your fighters are under 50 and are actually, you know, armed and ready to party.

And the good news is: they’re on their way:

Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks.

The House will welcome 58 freshmen this coming week, including 43 Republicans and 15 Democrats, pushing the GOP majority to 246 members, the most since the Great Depression. In the Senate, 13 new lawmakers, all but one of them Republican, will be sworn in, flipping control of the chamber to the GOP with a 54-vote majority…

A number of the new arrivals have served in the military, something that has become increasingly rare on Capitol Hill. Democrats Seth Moulton and Ruben Gallego both served with the Marines in Iraq, while another incoming freshman, Republican Lee Zeldin of New York, served with the Army there. Republican Rep.-elect Martha McSally of Arizona is a retired Air Force colonel and the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat.

She told “Fox News Sunday” that military veterans bring a problem-solving perspective. “We’re very solution-oriented, we’re very pragmatic,” McSally said Sunday. “You can’t be in the war you want to be in, you got to be in the war you’re in, and you got to just get the job done.”

And let’s not forget Arkansas’s Tom Cotton, who’s moving from the House to the Senate and who will instantly become a respected and listened-to voice on military and foreign policy.

It’s about time.