Diary

Military Freedom of Speech

Remeber these words…”To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, right or wrong – is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

I don’t think our Founding Fathers, when writing the Constitution and about Freedom of Speech, believed that members of the Military would not be including in the First Amendment. Although many Military members believe and many Liberals will tell you that the First Amendment does not apply to them when it comes to speaking badly of the President. Well they are wrong… Their is nothing stopping any American from speaking badly about the Obama or any other elected official, as long as you are not doing it on behalf of your Military Branch.

Members of the military have the right to say or to write what they think, up to a point. They can’t say things that encourage violence (other than as part of authorized military operations) or urge others to violate military regulations. They can’t communicate with “the enemy,” for example, by writing letters to Iraqi officials or soldiers. Article 88 of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) makes it a crime for a commissioned officer to use “contemptuous words” against the President, Vice-President, Secretary of Defense, and other specified high government officials. Enlisted members can be prosecuted under Article 134 for using similar words. The words have to be “to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, or conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.” Military members have gotten into trouble for calling officials “fascists,” “thieves,” murderers” “tyrants” “fools” and “gangsters.” This law is selectively enforced. Some officers didn’t get in trouble for saying bad things about President Clinton, for example. Article 117 of the UCMJ outlaws using “provoking or reproachful words or gestures” towards someone else in the military. The more real danger, however, if from saying things that could make other members desert, disobey lawful orders, or refuse to do their jobs. That kind of speech could violate Article 82 of the UCMJ, which makes it a crime for someone in the military to ask someone else to desert or mutiny (disobey orders as a group).

We are the protectors of Freedom… Not the Obama… We are the defenders of the Constitution… Obama is the desecrator of the Constitution. I respect the office but not the person

Our voice must be heard. Please do not stand silent…. Let your voice be heard.

We took an oath to defend the Constitution, not the President. Speak up, get involved…

Serve our country faithfully…. Put your boots on each day with pride… Do you MOS better then the next guy… But don’t forget your rights!

Our military leaders need to understand and respect our rights. They need to realize that civic-minded engagement by our fighting men and women is not a sign of military weakness, but rather a sign of military strength. Bring it on!!

 

Gary Stein

Founder

Armed Forces Tea Party