For many officers in the U.S. military, registering as a nonpartisan voter was an ethic which told the American people that the non-ideological officer would serve the country–all of the people–regardless of which political party elected the Commander-in-Chief. For instance, after World War II both major parties approached Dwight Eisenhower to be their candidate for President. Neither party knew what the politics were of the the General of the Armies because he had never registered in one party. He voted, but as an ‘independent,’ today’s word for ‘nonpartisan.’
Isn’t this a rather attractive personal ethic? If you work in government, your service is all the more legitimate if it is more nonpartisan than partisan. The government worker could still join a socialist labor union and still vote for whomever they choose, but they would not be a member of any political party.
Perhaps this ethic would not be feasible for the the bulk of unionized government workers, but certainly it fits the military, and arguably also the justice system. Why not have federal judges and prosecutors be as impartial and independent as generals and admirals? If there are any two government vocations which the American people rely upon to be professionally impartial, they are the military and judiciary.
Let’s amend the Constitution, since this ethic is not going to be adopted voluntarily by the lawyers. Proposed: “The President shall appoint life-long nonpartisans or bipartisans to be federal prosecutors, judiciary, and members of the military General Staff.”[Email comments welcome: duoism(at)sbcglobal.net]