Marine Sgt. Gary Stein started a Facebook page for his fellow Tea Party bigots in the military. He went so far as to write on his Facebook that he would refuse to follow orders from his commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama. He is encouraging his fellow military personnel to join him.
The U.S. military has rules that prohibit political statements made by those wearing a uniform. Active military personnel cannot sponsor a political club, speak at a political event or take part in any political media speaking either for or against any political party or candidate. These are the rules.
Stein is trying to say he is within his rights because his free speech is protected under the Constitution. Wrong. The day he signed up for the military he forfeited that right.
Not only is he in violation of the military's rules on politics, he has violated the military code of conduct. Article VI states:
I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
Stein forgot he's an American and he's supposed to be fighting for freedom and that he's responsible for his actions. He needs to take responsibility for his statements by apologizing to the President and resign immediately or face dishonorable discharge and possible treason charges.
The definition of treason:
A violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state is any act, writing, speech, etc., directed unlawfully against state authority, the government, or constitution, or calculated to bring it into contempt or to incite others to hostility, ill will or disaffection; it does not amount to treason and therefore is not a capital offense
Refusing to follow the President's orders and soliciting followers sounds an awful lot like treason.
This undated photo released courtesy of Gary Stein shows the Camp Pendleton U.S. Marine, Stein, who has been criticizing President Obama on his Facebook page. (AP Photo/Courtesy Gary Stein)