Earlier this month, we reported that USMC of Camp Pendleton, CA is facing dismissal for creating a Facebook page called “Armed Forces Tea Party”. He was a vocal member of the Tea Party and openly disagreed with the Obama administration.
Stein said his statement was part of an online debate about NATO allowing U.S. troops to be tried for the Quran burnings in Afghanistan.
Here is Stein’s response to the possibility of being dismissed:
I’m completely shocked that this is happening…I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve only stated what our oath states that I will defend the constitution and that I will not follow unlawful orders. If that’s a crime, what is America coming to?
Here are some of his past statements:
“Marines want to be quiet… but me as a Conservative and as an American… my voice does count.”
“It is not so much him as a personal problem [Obama], it is his policies… things he said while he is running … wanting to fundamentally to transform America… and fundamentally I think America is great, we succeeded this long so what do we need to fundamentally transform?”
“I am unhappy with Obamacare mandating that an American has to buy something… Unconstitutional.”
Loyola Law School professor says that marines forfeit their freedom of speech.
“I think that it’s been pretty well established for a long time that freedom of speech is one area in which people do surrender some of their basic rights in entering the armed forces,” said former Navy officer David Glazier, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
“Good order and discipline require the military maintain respect for the chain of command,” Glazier said. “That includes prohibiting speech critical of the senior officers in that chain of command – up to and including the commander in chief.”