Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A militia within the military....

Pardon the lack of focus and rambling nature of this, I'm still getting into the groove of "serious" and "consistent" blogging.

Anyhow, it was an odd and not altogether positive day for the Teabagger "Movement" and the US military.

Early in the morning, we were greeted with the news that the Teabaggers, like a cancerous rot, had spread to the military with the formation of the so-called "Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots" which vows to "stand up on the very soil we defended to preserve common sense conservatism and defend our Constitution that is threatened by a tyrannical government".

Having close ties to the broader Teabagger "Movement," its founder, active duty Marine sergeant Gary Stein, and presumably an expert on constitutional law, has raised the possibility of disobeying orders from his commander in chief.

The article itself is worth a read, as it does call into question the legality of active duty military personnel acting in such an open and partisan manner. More worrisome is the thought that this miniscule group within the military sees itself as a legitimate, autonomous militia.

Later on in the day came word that notorious birther, Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of the US Army was under investigation for refusing to follow orders because he doesn't believe Obama is a legitimate President. As the day went on, it was confirmed that he was facing court martial.

Weeks back, I noted that gay soldiers could be booted out of the military for being gay, yet Lt. Col. Lakin could blatantly and publicly refuse orders with seemingly no repercussions. So, I'm heartened -- no small feat for an anti-war/anti-military commie -- that it appears, for the moment, that legitimately bad apples now face the full hammer of military justice.

Then, almost on cue, Stein, apparently sensing the Defense Department's patience was running short, came out with a statement saying his group, doesn't support a military uprising, views President Obama as the legitimate commander-in-chief, and will follow all constitutional orders.

The GOP under Chucklenuts played fast and loose with the Uniform Code of Conduct in using military personnel for partisan purposes. The Teabagger "Movement" is no more than a proxy for the GOP, engaging in a cynical attempt in presenting itself as a so-called grassroots movement.

This military angle is a very slippery slope, and a dangerous elevation of the Teabaggers -- merely a quasi-political group at the movement -- into a quasi-political group with an armed wing, loyal to nothing but a narrow rightwing fascist ideology.

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