Anti-Obama sentiments are increasing in U.S. Marine Corps

In the wake of the dismissal of U.S. Marines Sgt. Gary Stein for being critical of Obama on a Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party, the Marine Corps Times is reporting that Stein is neither alone nor unusual in his sentiments.

Sgt. Gary Stein


The cover story in the latest issue (March 26, 2012) of Marine Corps Times (MCT) says that “anti-Obama talk is being heard” in the Marine Corps. Here’s the issue’s cover:

Gina Harkins of Military Times reported about this MCT cover story here. Her report, alas, is very brief:

Sgt. Gary Stein 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.

See this week’s issue for a breakdown on what is happening, what it means for the chain of command and what Marines are saying about it.

It turns out Gina Harkins is the author of the MCT article in question. So I purchased a subscription to the MCT to access the actual article. Curiously, I couldn’t find Harkins’ article online — on MCT‘s website. But I was able to find the article in MCT‘s print edition. Alas, MCT does not let me copy and paste from the article; I can’t even print the article. Such obstacles are tantamount to waving a red flag in front of a bull. LOL

So I hand-copied the article in its entirety and re-typed it. Alas, Marine Corps Times will not allow FOTM to re-publish the article, citing copy right violation. So I’m posting only the choicest sentences from the article.

Here are 2 paragraphs from “Social Insubordination?: Some Marines are speaking out against the president — and may be undermining the chain of command,” by Gina Harkins, Marine Corps Times, March 26, 2012 issue, pp. 22-23.

[…] Stein is not alone in his disdain for the president. Published in early March, the most recent Military Times survey of active-duty service members shows the lowest approval ratings for Obama’s job as commander in chief since he took office in 2009: 25 percent, down from 35 after Obama’s first year on the job. And rank-and-file Marines are hearing considerably more anti-Obama talk on the job than they noticed in the past.
[…] Of the 792 active-duty troops and mobilized reservists who responded to this year’s Military Times Poll, 44% said they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as commander in chief.”

It’s official: Sgt Gary Stein has been recommended for a discharge from the USMC. Click here.

~Eowyn

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COCOA
8 years ago

Marines are sworn to defend America from enemies both foreign and domestic. Obama is both foreign and domestic, so why are the Marines being punnished?

lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie
lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie
8 years ago
Reply to  COCOA

Cocoa, I like your style! LOL

Silentnomore Dogood
Silentnomore Dogood
8 years ago
Reply to  COCOA

Does that count as two enemies or one?

Dave
Editor
Dave
8 years ago

I would say four, because the Dear Ruler is also a commie and a Muslim.
-Dave

DCG
Admin
DCG
8 years ago

Careful….this thin-skinned president doesn’t care for dissent!
Going to have to check out this FB page…

JosephBC69
JosephBC69
8 years ago

This is on it’s way to rense.com, to get the word out to ten million more ASAP. I have VERY well-informed friends back East in NY who are current w/all branches off the military and they’ll see to it this makes the rounds, all LIVE ones!

Alice Wolf
8 years ago

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, this article is covered with the power of Almighty God, protecting the readers and messengers of FOTM. We need you LORD. Praise your Name. Amen AW

Alice Wolf
8 years ago
Reply to  Alice Wolf

No problem.

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Not surprised.

The Destructionist
8 years ago

Reblogged this on The Destructionist.

COCOA
8 years ago

Some day we once again will have a President that does not Censor God, worships God, does not place himself higher than God, and turns his back on God. Then and then can America truly have a chance at Freedom.

GEN
GEN
8 years ago
Reply to  COCOA

Cocoa,
“Some day we once again will have a President that does not Censor God, worships God, does not place himself higher than God, and turns his back on God. Then and then can America truly have a chance at Freedom.”
Why do you want a President that “turns his back on God” as you put it? For this is what you said. You should repent.

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

I do not have a Facebook account. Any ideas on how to voice my support of this fine man and others like him?

Liz
Liz
8 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Thank you. I will do that.

hujonwi
hujonwi
8 years ago

While I feel for this guy he went over the line. When ya join the Military ya sign away some of your rights. That’s just the way it is. When I was in the USN I could sit around with my buddies and bitch about carter but I couldn’t wear my uniform and do that in public.

dan
dan
8 years ago
Reply to  hujonwi

…that’s just what they WANT you to think,but it’s NOT slavery.
Political correctness in the military undermines discipline
more than anything ANYbody could say. Don’t antagonize the
sleeping guard dog …especially if he’s been trained to kill.

John McClain
8 years ago
Reply to  hujonwi

Sir, even in the armed forces, you retain your fundemental rights. You could, as you say, sit around and bitch, and in truth, you could stand at attention in uniform, and lay out a case of the commander in chief violating the rule of law, the UCMJ, and explain to any who would listen, the consequences which we have seen, the only stipulation is to do so, one has to be dead certain of the correctness of one’s facts, and the purpose of doing it in uniform, in an official capacity had to be to register a complaint regarding the… Read more »

John McClain
8 years ago

I entered the Corps on 1 April, 1976, as a strong supporter of the principle of “sovereign citizens responsible for all the sovereign duties in a Nation, including its defense”, having been raised in a Navy family, and having read the Constitution for the first time at about six. I stood staunch in the face of the war protesters, fully supporting their belief in the wrongness of U.N. wars, but knowing the Marines and Soldiers they vented upon were Americans, doing their duty. I went to Beirut in 82, spent the winter of 82-83 in a tent in the airport,… Read more »

hujonwi
hujonwi
8 years ago
Reply to  John McClain

Thank you for your service gunny. And don’t call me sir, I was an E-5. I went in the Navy on 28AUG78 and served for 6 years. Although I didn’t know as much then as you did I raised a little hell. Was on the USS Coral Sea CV-43 for the rescue mission, The decoy carrier. My brother would have been in Beirut, a combat corpsman, when the shit hit the fan but his unit was diverted. Hand Salute Gunny.

COCOA
8 years ago

Well said Gunny! The greatest enemy is right here in our own back yard. That is to say, “The American Communist”. Oh wait a minute, we do not hear much about Communism any more. America has been hoodwinked.

Sherrie
Sherrie
8 years ago

What will happen now that The Great One has signed a “No protest/demonstrations Fed law and the ‘preparedness of military reservists’ here…in America!..The Great Pretender could at any time declare Marital Law, which would STOP the November Elections! At which time, he crowns himself “Dictator for Life?” We would NOT be allowed to demonstrate or protest. Just like Hitler!

Dave
Editor
Dave
8 years ago

I have never subscribed to the idea that just because a person becomes a member of the United States armed forces, that he or she somehow forfeits their constitutional rights, 1st Amendment or otherwise, the instant they sign their name on the dotted line. The Dear Ruler appears to me to be driving any and all from the military who do not bow down and worship him. I wonder how far we are from Obama demanding a personal oath of loyalty, just as Adolf Hitler did. Given what we have seen over the last three years, and not to mention… Read more »

M. Asthana
8 years ago

Subject: Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Marine Corps Times Material Dear Fellowship of the Minds Military Times is pleased to see your interest in our content. However, reposting an entire article, or the majority of one, on your Web site is a violation of our copyright. Some examples of such unauthorized use can be found at the following urls: https://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/anti-obama-sentiments-are-increasing-in-u-s-marine-corps/ (Your article headline is: [Anti-Obama sentiments are increasing in U.S. Marine Corps]) You are free to link to articles on our Web sites along with the corresponding headline and/or the first paragraph of text. I’m sure that you can understand that… Read more »

GEN
GEN
8 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Hey Doc,
“It is also apparent that Dr. Eowyn has no desire that its gender be known, or such individual would have at least noted a prefix OR a first name.”
Hooyah Grouch!!!!!!!!
You really are a stupid, inbred, copyright infringing fck ‘tard, aren’t you. Why don’t you read the UCMJ sometime!! And by the way, the M . is for Maneet, you canine-sphincter-lovin’ scum. BTW, what was that rumor I heard about the dog, the peanut butter, and your scrotum? Now go pretend to be somebody else!!!!!!!!!!

DCG
Admin
DCG
8 years ago
Reply to  GEN

“go pretend to be somebody else”? Hilarious as you have posted comments here with three different email addresses and now two names. Take your foul mouth outta here troll.

DCG
Admin
DCG
8 years ago
Reply to  DCG

Sorry troll, you come to our blog then you are open up to anyone that comments here, and especially us contributors. Don’t like our rules, then begone.

sgt
sgt
8 years ago

All you fck ‘tards should inter-breed the way y’alls parents did. maybe then, through genetic mutation, we’ll read some comment that shows a smidgen of intellect. “Course, you douche-balls don’t believe in evolution so I guess you’ll be protected from such thing-uns. I needed to put this in language y’all-uns would understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miranda
8 years ago
Reply to  sgt

Sgt-
Your comment was about as useful as a trap door on a canoe!
BTW, I would probably refrain from bragging on how intelligent I was in the future, if I were you. IMO, hmmm…..how do I put this in a language that you might understand……you’re an IDIOT!

DCG
Admin
DCG
8 years ago
Reply to  sgt

Not surprising you are living in the Boston area. A lot of folks there that think they know it all and love to insult people. They even act rude while at Red Sux games 🙂

SGT
SGT
8 years ago

Hey Grouch et al,
I was talkin’ to hujewmi and the anons and their bullsh*t, unless you’re one of THEM. Then I’m talkin’ to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DCG
Admin
DCG
8 years ago
Reply to  SGT

Hey “SGT” – You come to our blog and spew profanities at fellow friends, then you are speaking to all of us. We don’t take kindly to trolls bashing anyone that is a regular commentor. And if you have anything else to say that actually might contribute to a post and some dialog, I’d be impressed, well, probably actually more surprised.

DCG
Admin
DCG
8 years ago
Reply to  SGT

And I see you’ve got another email account to post your intelligent comments, as your comments from another email are sent to spam. Wow, you really care about us that much to go to all that effort?

Sherrie Holbrook
8 years ago

For hatin’ Crackers so much? Ya sure know how to Talk the Talk!!

COCOA
8 years ago

Sgt, Yain’t never been no Sergeant. Maybe an inSurgent…………

GEN
GEN
8 years ago

By the way, the phrase isn’t “gone virtual”, it’s “gone viral”. But, again, that knowledge presupposes some understanding of evolution, which explains my ignorance.

Miranda
8 years ago
Reply to  GEN

Hey “Gen” & “SGT”-
Your comments are about as useful as a pogo stick in quicksand!
If you are an example of so called “evolution” then why would I WANT to believe in it.
Even The Left wishes ppl like you would just shut-up! Honey, I think you might be one fry short of a Happy Meal….

DCG
Admin
DCG
8 years ago

Sage, I’m sending this troll to spam until Doc can ban him. Done wasting my time.

DCG
Admin
DCG
8 years ago
Reply to  DCG

🙂

Miranda
8 years ago
Reply to  DCG

You have to admit that givin him a hard time is kinda fun….considering that he makes it SO EASY! 😀 What is wrong with me! That was horrible! Sorry, “SGT” or “Gen” or “whatever your next name might be”. I just couldn’t help myself! 😉 BTW, Liberals brag about seeing “beauty from the inside” & not being prejudice against anyone, unlike the Right…yet they are always the first to attack a person’s looks or weight when backed into a corner? I have never seen anyone,that comments on FotM regularly, type something ugly about another person’s physical looks…including obvious Lefties. Isn’t… Read more »

Miranda
8 years ago
Reply to  Miranda

Sage-
That was my first thought as well. Interesting! 😀

Miranda
8 years ago

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Ummmmm….if you consider 5’7 & 120lbs “Super-Sized” then you would be right!!
Way to Fire Matchhead.

COCOA
8 years ago

Evidently, the Communists hate the military and this blog. Communists are worse than trolls. Communists are a deadly malignancy.

Miranda
8 years ago

“ENG”-
Thanks! 😀

Lee Panis
8 years ago

To comments-
In a such diversive world, a combatant resolutions emerges. To qualify in a democratic surrender is a must. To realize hard labor is an action to rededicate peace to our children and fellowmen!
The best way to do now is to banned and refigure society. I thank you!

joandarc
joandarc
8 years ago

Dr. Eowyn, thank you for your impeccable research and hard work on the subject of marines disapproval of the king and his administration. In my opinion, he has turned himself into a king, devoid of democratic values and the values and meaning of the Republivc of the United States of America. I continually hear very often, the disapproval of the king who signs numerous executive orders and other similar documents to get his way, FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I hear this same, said disapproval in my community consistently.

James Regan
James Regan
8 years ago

The Marine Times is the National Enquirer of the USMC. Half of the stuff they print are assumptions and garbage rumors. I am one of those Marines who feels he less than flatteringabout our dear leader and his regime, but to say there is growing dissention among the Corps is wrong. Most Marines do not really care about the president and do not even vote.

DCG
Admin
DCG
8 years ago
Reply to  James Regan

The National Enquiirer…the one media outlet that broke the news of the Edwards affair? That publication actually did its job, unlike the rest of the SRM.

obama is awful
obama is awful
8 years ago

I have yet to hear any soldier – Marine or otherwise that respects that bozo in the WH. Their parents, wives and friends despise him too. This is not new. I sat in the hospital next to my wounded son for a month and not a SINGLE soldier had any respect for the bozo. They all were praying that the guy would not cheapen their purple heart by being the one to give it to them. They wanted a REAL commander to come see them.

Generals are no better
Generals are no better
8 years ago

This is obama’s friend Bill Ayers – enough said… https://www.theblaze.com/stories/bill-ayers-bernadine-dohrn-advice-to-occupy-the-end-of-america-capitalism-is-here/ NO real soldier likes the jerk in the WH right now.