When I went into the Marine Corps, back there during the Cuban Missile Crisis, I had a Drill Instructor whose nickname was "Hoss". He got that name because if he wasn't calling you "Shitbird" or "Asswipe", he called you "Hoss".
He called everybody "Hoss". Including the Platoon Commander, who was a Lieutenant.
Hoss was a Sergeant.
Military rules and Courtesy declare that you always refer to an officer of superior rank as "Sir" - or by his rank.
It was never anything that Hoss seemed to be concerned about. One of his favorite sayings was "Don't sweat the small shit." He considered the trappings of rank "small shit". And no one ever seemed to want to do anything about it. They respected his ethic. They respected his work. They respected the loyalty he engendered in his men.
Hoss was full of country wisdom - and he had sayings for almost any situation. But two stand out in my memory:
If you were inattentive or distracted at a moment when you REALLY needed to be paying attention, you'd hear him yell, "HEY!! Wake up and pee, the world's on fire!!"
And his advice for staying alive was, "Keep your head down, keep your mouth shut, get your job done."
Essentially, his sayings boil down to paying attention and doing what you're supposed to do - which may or may not be what you WANT to do.
And so I offer to the members of Congress these sayings as advice and a command from me, one of the American People:
Keep your dimwitted heads down (nose to the grindstone) - keep your irresponsible mouths shut (don't talk to the press)- and get your damn jobs done.
Wake up and pee, the world's on fire.
Keep your head down, keep your mouth shut, get your job done.