The innocence of politics revisited

I have been away from writing about political issues for a long time (my last article was written on 6/14/2014) and I feel the need to write again yet I also feel the need to explain WHY I have not written in 4 months or so.

The first thing I must say is why I stopped writing.  I have over the course of several years now off and on posted hateful messages to the White House comment forms from subjects related to immigration and health care and everything in between.  Back in June 2014 I read an article (from Facebook) about a Marine that got arrested because he had anti-government stuff on his Facebook page.

I think this is the article:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/20/outcry-after-military-veteran-detained-for-anti-government-facebook-posts/

While reading this article I got a bit nervous about my activities and decided to do some research on how the Uniformed Code of Military Justice affects retirees (I am retired US Navy) in this case.  What I found was that all retired military veterans are subject to the UCMJ.  According to article 802.2(1)(4) “Retired members of a regular component of the armed forces who are entitled to pay” I am (as well as ALL retirees that served) are subject to the UCMJ (reference www.au.af.mil).

Later I read DoD Directive 1344 and found that sections 2 “Applicability” and 4.1.4 “General Policy” have provisions that are particular to ACTIVE DUTY only.  Section 4.1.4 specifically states:

Subject to any other restrictions in law, a member of the Armed Forces not on active duty may take the actions or participate in the activities permitted in subparagraph 4.1.1., and may take the actions and participate in the activities prohibited in subparagraph 4.1.2, provided the member is not in uniform and does not otherwise act in a manner that could reasonably give rise to the inference or appearance of official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement.

In this case sections 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 are specifically mentioned but 4.1.3 is not.  This means if you are a commissioned officer in the military there are special rules that apply to you.  Since I am a US Navy retired Enlisted man then 4.1.3 does not apply to me.

What this means to me is that as a retired US Navy Chief I can speak my mind about policy and law and I can be politically active and the US Government has little to no recourse relative to my military status.  NOW on the other hand there may be other laws I have not explored that would be relative to slanderous or defaming to any person even the President of the United States.

Either way, I want to publically apologize for any slanderous or otherwise defaming language I have presented in any article or text (Facebook, WhiteHouse.Gov comments, letters to political officials, etc).  It is not my intention to demean any public official but merely to point out flaws in the laws and policies of those public officials.  From this point forward I will not personally attack anyone from this website OR any posts elsewhere (e.g. social media, etc) but will not hesitate to point out flaws in there actions or reasoning.  I still do not agree with most of the current leadership of this country but I would NEVER EVER do anything more then state words and vote my conscience… I do not believe or condone any form of forced overthrow of the government NOR do I want the government to treat the population with anything but respect for the laws and the constitution.  This is where I worry because many politicians (including POTUS) are violating the constitution and the both the legislative and judicial branches are DOING NOTHING TO STOP HIM.

"The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become." Ronald Reagan

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