BUREAUCRACY IN UNIFORM
"Man, proud man, Dressed in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured His glassy essence." --SHAKESPEARE.
BUREAUCRACY has run wild in all departments of the Government and the results can be seen in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and the semi-military services, such as the Coast Guard of the Treasury Department, which operates with the Navy in times of war. The Army is under the War Department, while the Navy and Marine Corps are under the Navy Department and their constitutional function, with the aid of civilians recruited or drafted for that purpose, is to defend the United States in time of war.
The First Congress created the War Department and transferred to it the infant Navy, whose administration had been lately under the Treasury Board of the Congress of the Confederation. But, as hereinbefore stated, Congress created a separate Navy Department on April 30, 1798, with a secretary at its head and thus solved the question, now before Congress, whether the performance of a definite function--such as the conduct of war--should be intrusted to a single department. Many now contend that such separation means divided responsibility and authority, duplication of organization and work, conflicts of jurisdiction, and unnecessary expenditure of public funds.
It is true that John Paul Jones won his naval triumphs and George Washington, his notable land victories, not because of the divided responsibility for the conduct of marine and army affairs, but in spite of them. The heartbreaking delay of Jones in receiving a few small vessels from France and the tragedy of Valley Forge, where Washington's men almost froze and starved in a land of plenty, are examples of both the lack of proper organization of the administrative services in charge of their activi