E.J. Dionne Jr.’s March 5 op-ed, “The cost of our war on public life,” was an excellent commentary on how, unfortunately, public servants are often considered “timeserving ‘bureaucrats’ ” by many Americans. A Gallup poll from June 2017 reported that 72 percent of Americans have high confidence in the military, the highest level of confidence of any institution asked about. Many veterans go on to careers in the public sector, where they make up, according to the Office of Personnel Management, 31 percent of federal employees.
Why do many Americans have confidence in our fellow citizens when they serve in the military but not when they bring that experience to the federal government? There is certainly some good ground to explore in this question.
Nicholas Reinhold, New York
Perhaps one day we Americans will come to see the wisdom and benefit of amending Article II, Section 1 of our Constitution so that it reads, in pertinent part, “No person . . . shall . . . be eligible to [the Office of the President] . . . who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States, and served ten years in the government or military, or a combination thereof.”
Marc Pfeuffer, Washington