I've never been in the armed services....
Clearly. Don't worry though because you've obviously got enough company (of people who don't know dick about the military) to vote your comment up.
Orders in the military are followed; you don't get an opinion about it. The reason is that, unlike most professions, that next order may place you in mortal danger. Refusing to follow orders will get you disciplined.... you don't get to pick and choose.
....and why the Federal government was meant to be extremely weak domestically, and States and local governments were intended to do nearly all domestic governing.
No. Anyone who still believes this stupid crap needs to go back to 9th grade and take US History again. The Constitution was written because the confederacy of states was exactly what you describe... weak federal, strong state.... and it took less than 10 years for pretty much everyone to see it was a complete fucking disaster. The Constitution was written specifically to empower a strong federal government.
What we see in the US today is largely the result of too much domestic power in the hands of the central government.
What we see currently in the US is the federal government being infiltrated by conservatives who are actively trying to destroy the country from within. It's been happening on steroids since 1994. These "states rights" faux populists only care about being in power, and punishing enough of those "other people" to keep their uneducated base backing them.
During the Revolutionary War, the conservatives backed mother England, during the Civil War they tried to rip the United States apart through secession, now they're intentionally destroying the ability of the government to do anything. Conservatives like you have been the enemy of this country since before it was founded.
Is the F35 orders of magnitude more effective than the competition?
Competing against a plane that flies in the rain, or at night, or in combat.... no. Competing against a maelstrom of waste the likes has never been seen before in military spending EVER, ANYWHERE.... yeh, it's definitely more effective than anything else has ever been at being a complete fucking waste of money.
A map put out by the Tax Foundation of the 10 states with the highest and lowest percentage of filers with no federal tax liability shows that the states with the highest percentage of non-filers are, by-and-large, states that typically vote Republican, while the 10 states with the lowest percentage of non-filers tend to be Democratic-leaning.
So it's the same old story... democrats pay taxes, and republicans leach off democrats.
"Being against torture ought to be sort of a bipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer