Before he took office in 1953, Ike had never held or run for public office. What’s more, he didn’t vote until 1948, when he was already 58 years old. And yet, he had been in the military for his entire adult life.


Similarly, my younger brother is in the United States Army. A Ranger, the Army’s front-line elite force. He’s the one they send in first, into the craziest, most dangerous situations. And yet he has never even registered to vote – he says it’s his way of protesting the system. I say, buddy, you are the system.

But as for Ike, it seemed to give him an outside perspective on politics. I value that. Maybe someday my brother will discover his true patriotism and run for office, too. If you know him, you know just how funny that is. But hey, stranger things have happened.