I have no doubt that during any other administration, this sort of thing would never have happened without serious consequences…
Joel Thomson is a Technical Sergeant for the United States Air Force. Joel Thomson has a captivating smile, lively blue eyes and an apparent love for animals. Joel Thomson really hates his Commander-in-Chief, enough to call him a Muslim and far worse, the son of Satan. How do I know this about Joel Thomson? It’s no secret. In fact, he brags about it on his very public Facebook page. He is so vehement in his hatred of his boss that no fewer than four people, including the page, Americans Against the Tea Party, have forwarded us Thomson’s profile, asking that he be exposed.
Here are just a few screenshots from Thomson’s page, which seems to be dedicated almost entirely to his hatred of the President:
Not surprisingly, Thomson is supportive of US Marine Sergeant, Gary Stein who has been accused of very similar offenses. From the Global Post:
A disciplinary board has recommended that a US Marine who criticized President Barack Obama on Facebook should be dismissed.
Stein is accused of undermining “good order and discipline” by posting comments critical of the commander-in-chief on a number of Facebook pages. According to the LA Times, he called Obama a coward and an enemy and urged people to vote against him in this year’s election.
And he stated he would not follow orders from the president if he considered them “unlawful.”
Stein is arguing that his opinions are his own and because he is stating them as his opinions, and not as the opinion of the military, he is protected by his first amendment rights.
I don’t think that anyone is denying Stein or Thomson the right to their opinions, but opinions can go too far when they serve to undermine the authority of their Commander-in-Chief. They call their Commander-in-Chief a traitor yet hide behind the first amendment when they are called the same. It’s one thing to have an opinion about policy, it’s quite another to post inflammatory lies, such as calling the President the son of Satan. If fact, it’s spelled out quite clearly in the Uniform Code of Military Justice:
888. ART. 88. CONTEMPT TOWARD OFFICIALS
Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
889. ART. 89 DISRESPECT TOWARD SUPERIOR COMMISSIONED OFFICER
Any person subject to this chapter who behaves with disrespect toward his superior commissioned officer shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
When Sergeant Thomson enlisted in the military, he agreed to a certain set of rules. One of those rules is to be respectful to his superiors, even if he disagrees with them. For that reason, he’s subject to disciplinary actions. If Thomson really hates his boss that much, perhaps he should consider a new career.
- Board: Marine who criticized Obama should be dismissed (newsday.com)
- Board recommends other-than-honorable discharge for anti-Obama Marine (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Military recommends dismissal for Marine who mocked Obama (thegrio.com)
- Board Recommends Marine Be Discharged For Comments About Obama (npr.org)
- Dismissal sought for Marine who portrayed Obama as ‘Jackass’ on Facebook (mercurynews.com)