And in that supposition, you'd be mistaken.
First of all, it was a meritocracy, not a group of pampered dilettantes who lived on and for themselves.
Second, sons of the new meritocracy followed their fathers into the army and on campaign, some of them being killed in actions, such as Lefebvre's son and Lariboisierre's as well-both in Russia.
And many of the new meritocracy were themselves killed in action-such as Eble, Montbrun, Bessieres, Lannes, St. Hilaire, Gudin and a host of others.
Seems to me that you missed out on that point in your eternal quest to either characterize Napoleon's government as 'evil' or denigrate those that followed him into the fire.