Marine Gary Stein dismissed over Obama Comments

Posted by Troy on 26th April 2012 in Current Events

Needless to say, this falls under stupid things to say.  However, his comments are 100% correct.  The enlistment oath is as follows:

“I, XXXXXXXXXX, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of the Military Justice.  So Help me God.”

Any order that the President gives which goes against the Constitution would be void under this oath.  I should imagine that Gary Stein is concerned about the declaration of martial law.  Also, every serviceman has the right to deny an order if he believes it is an illegal order.  If an officer tells the soldier to shoot unarmed women and children, the serviceman has the right not to comply with that order.  He may be court marshaled for it, and the court would decide if the serviceman was justified in that decision.

Ergo, when Gary Stein says he will not obey all orders, he has a very defensible position.  That being said, don’t insult your boss on Facebook.  It’s not a wise move.

Long Live the Constitution!

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