Seems that no political ad is complete without the candidate staking claim to leadership qualities that are the envy of all. This is particularly true if the candidate has had any military experience. Sometimes any experience at all with the military is enough to set off claims of extreme heroism and leadership.

We voters need to understand that while leadership and the military go hand in hand, military leadership is a special brand of leadership. Leadership in the military is largely created through conscripted followship. Even in a military populated with volunteers, there is threat of punishment for those unwilling to follow orders. This is necessary but it does not give rise to the kind of leadership that is useful in anything but a dictatorship.

Keep this in mind the next time you hear an ex-military candidate for political office make claims of his superior leadership skills.

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