Retired generals have great insight and experience, but as the product of years of state-sponsored conditioning and education, most have a skewed definition of democracy. Jefferson and Madison specifically created a vision of “a more perfect union” that would protect the people of the United States from the depravity of democratic majority rule. The American people came together to form a Republic where only those things deemed necessary for public administration were delegated to government, with all other functions retained by the States and the people. Wilson’s bait and switch has infected the lexicon of agency leadership. That humans formulate thought through the filter of language means that word selection matters. The warrior-protectors of society should work to keep the world safe from democracy, not use their power to shove mob rule down the throat of foreigners. Restraining State power to limited functions is what a Republic is all about. A military that protects the Republic is the only legitimate use of a General and the troops they lead.
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