In a preview of the cover story in the latest issue of Marine Times, The Military Times reported on the anti-Obama sentiment that has taken hold of many Marines, exemplified by Sgt. Gary Stein, who “might be saying things about President Obama that a lot of Marines think, but some are saying he took it too far “.
Stein has come under fire for stating on Facebook that he wouldn’t follow certain orders given by his commander in chief. And Marines say Stein’s not alone in his disapproval. More anti-Obama talk is being heard in the workplace and new Military Times poll data shows declining approval among military service members for the president’s job as commander in chief.
The Marine Corps depends its chain of command structure, especially in a time of war. Some Marines say Stein and other vocal Marines like him are undermining that system.
SAN DIEGO – A Marine sergeant who started a Facebook group that is openly critical of President Barack Obama and posted comments saying he will not follow the unlawful orders of the commander in chief is facing possible dismissal from the Corps.The Marines on Wednesday told Sgt. Gary Stein — a Camp Pendleton Marine who started the Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party — that he is in violation of Pentagon policy barring troops from political activities.
“I’m completely shocked that this is happening,” Stein said. “I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve only stated what our oath states that I will defend the constitution and that I will not follow unlawful orders. If that’s a crime, what is America coming to?”Stein said he planned to fight the charges. He had applied to extend his service, which was set to expire in a few months.
I guarantee that this isn’t just a Marine Corps issue.
That said, when you sign up, you don’t get to choose which President’s orders you follow and which ones you don’t…you just hope the people at home make a good choice at the polls.
See video of the Military Times’ coverage of the issue at the link.