FoxNews: Today, the Marine Corps gave Sgt. Gary Stein an other-than-honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of service members. Stein had criticized President Barack Obama on his personal Facebook page.
Stein has served nearly 10 years in the Marine Corps. He has said he was exercising his free-speech rights.
The other-than-honorable discharge means he loses all benefits.
18 days ago, on April 7, 2012, I had posted a poll asking FOTM readers whether you think the First Amendment free speech right of U.S. soldiers should be restricted. The results of the poll, as of today:
- “No. Soldiers are U.S. citizens first and foremost. The military will have to find other ways to deal with potential disciplinary problems” – 82.56% (71votes)
- “Yes. Speech restrictions are in the military code. If soldiers don’t like it, they shouldn’t join.” – 15.12% (13 votes)
- “I have no opinion” – 2.33% (2 votes)
Clearly, FOTM readers do not agree with the Marine Corps’ decision. In fact, according to a recent Marine Corps Times article, anti-Obama sentiments reportedly are rising in the U.S. Marine Corps.
~Eowyn & DCG