Walking the walk
Posted by sanityinjection on December 14, 2008
I don’t often post on a Sunday, but I didn’t want to let this story slip by.
We have a tendency to view legislators as talkers rather than doers. And they often appear somewhat hypocritical to us because they are often insulated from the consequences of the laws they pass. For example, voting on wars they don’t have to fight in, or on health care bills that don’t apply to them because Congress has its own health care plan.
With this in mind, I wanted to share with you that one Senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, spent last week serving in the Air Force Reserve in Kabul, Afghanistan. Graham has also served in Iraq as a reservist.
Of course, Graham’s work as a military lawyer in Kabul does not expose him to the same level of danger as the troops rooting out Taliban nests in the mountains. But that’s not the point – it’s routine for reservists to be used in ways that take advantage of their civilian specialties.
The point is that Senator Graham didn’t give up his service in the Reserves simply because he got elected to office. In a way that no other federal legislator can match, Graham walks the walk when it comes to defense policy. It’s fitting that he serves on the Senate’s Armed Services Committee.
The media is quick to bring it to our attention when a legislator or governor does something shameful. Wouldn’t it be nice if they were equally zealous in telling us about the honorable things that they do? Something tells me this story won’t register as more than a blip with the major news networks, especially because Graham happens to be a Republican.