Jamie Reidy, a former Army officer, applauds the USMC for discharging a Marine who dissed Obama online.
CNN reported on the discharge given as the result of the Marine’s posts on Facebook.
Sgt. Gary Stein was given an “other-than-honorable” discharge, said Capt. Brian Block, a spokesman for the Marines. Among other comments posted to his Facebook page, Stein called Obama a liar and suggested he would not follow some orders issued by the president.
Sergeant Gary Stein, naturally, is confused by this decision.
“I have spent the last 9 years honorably serving this great nation and the Corps,” Stein wrote on his personal Facebook page. “Even though I will be discharged no one can take the title of Marine away from me… Semper Fi.”
Maybe not, Gary, but they can call you “Idiot.” Reading his statement, I can’t help but think he’s really saying, “I served nine years only because Facebook didn’t let non-college students on till 2007.”
Do servicemen and women have political philosophies? Of course. Are those mostly “red state” in nature? Yes. I served during the beginning of the Clinton Era, and, believe me, nobody acted happy to have a liberal at the top of the chain of command.
But that’s where President Clinton sat. He’s not called the “Commander in Chief If I Feel Like Following Orders.”
The military is not America. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines do not have the right to free speech. We relinquish that right when we enlist or receive our commissions as officers. We don’t get paid to think. We don’t get paid to opine. No, we get paid to follow orders.
Apparently, ex-Marine Stein has never seen A FEW GOOD MEN. (How that is possible when the movie airs on TNT nearly every weekend, I dunno.)
“We follow order or people die. It’s that simple.” – Colonel Nathan Jessup, a.k.a. Jack Nicholson. (Things get good at the :43 mark.)
Do you agree with the USMC’s decision to boot Stein?