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Reading Hannity, Limbaugh Now Verboten in Military

June 10, 2013   ·   By   ·   0 Comments

Great_Destroyer_Limbaugh2More on that soldier who is being harassed and punished for supporting marriage and the law.

Here’s some additional information on that issue from Fox News:

Sommers said he paid for the party with personal money, not government funds.

“I had no idea a Chick-fil-A sandwich would get me in trouble,” he said.

He was later summoned by a superior officer, who the soldier said is openly gay, and was told that unidentified individuals were offended by the tweets and some considered them to be racist.

Sommers was reprimanded, threatened with judicial action and given a bad efficiency report. An investigation was also launched.

So we have an openly homoseuxal superior who is out to hammer this NCO who refuses to applaud his homosexuality. Like this was a big surprise to see.

Apparently in the military these days, not only is it no longer permissible to speak in favor of an existing law and the institution of marriage, it is verboten to read books by Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. You also aren’t allowed to have conservative bumper stickers on your car.

Sommers’ troubles began last April when he was told to remove pro-Republican, anti-Obama bumper stickers that were on his privately owned car.

The stickers read: “Political Dissent is NOT Racism,” “NOBAMA,” NOPE2012” and “The Road to Bankruptcy is Paved with Ass-Fault.” That sticker included the image of a donkey.

His superior officer told the solider that the bumper stickers were creating “unnecessary workplace tension.”

“The types of stickers on your car were creating an atmosphere detrimental to morale and were creating unnecessary workplace tension,” the officer wrote in an Army document obtained by Fox News. “A Soldier must balance their personal feelings with the mission of the U.S. Army. Even the slightest inference of disrespect towards superiors can have a demoralizing effect on the unit.”

Attorney Wells said once he got involved, the military backed off of filing a formal reprimand.

“He’s allowed to have those bumper stickers on his car,” he said. “The DoD regulation allows it. There was nothing obscene about it.”

Interesting. When I was overseas in the late 1980s, I had a military friend who was a flaming liberal, and he had a Dukakis bumper sticker on his car, as well as one that said “Party Naked.”  These days, it seems my friend’s bumper sticker supporting Michael Dukakis (in opposition to George H.W. Bush) could be viewed as hostile, threatening and disrespectful to the Commander in Chief.  Well, given that the military hierarchy now seems to be populated by gutless liberal pawns, I’m sure both the Dukakis and “Party Naked” bumper stickers would have been cause for commendation and promotion.

I also have had pro-Republican bumper stickers on my car when I was in the military (I recall one that advocated for a Republican candidate, and another that said “Vote Republican.” Drove all over base, in and out the gates, in front of base HQ, leaving my vehicle parked prominently on base all day, with no problem. Might not get by with it these days, it seems.

It’s rather interesting that this soldier’s politically correct chain of command is hammering him for expressing the personal opinion shared by millions of Americans and upheld by law and thousands of years of human understanding-as if these opinions somehow brought discredit on the military. Yet the politically correct chain of command in the military these days apparently had no problem with military members marching in a homosexual parade, even doing so in uniform. While personal bumper stickers on one’s personal vehicle would have been fine in my day, marching in any political event in uniform would have (rightly) been a bridge too far. Of course, when it comes to advancing an immoral, unnatural and unhealthy sexual practice, normal rules don’t apply, do they?

But that’s not all. Apparently, you can’t read “unauthorized” material in uniform anymore.

Sommers was reading Limbaugh’s “The Great Destroyer” backstage at a U.S. Army Band concert at the U.S. Capitol. A superior officer told him that he was causing “unit disruption” and was offending other soldiers.

“I wasn’t reading aloud,” he said. “I was just reading privately to myself. I was told they were frowning on that and they warned me that I should not be reading literature like that backstage because it was offensive.”

In another episode, he had been caught backstage reading a copy of Levin’s “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America.”

Sommers said he was told to refrain from reading the book “while in uniform or within sight of anyone from the band.”

Any bets that “Dreams From My Father” and “Rules for Radicals” would have been perfectly acceptable reading material?

Fortunately, Master Sergeant Sommers has some legal help:

Ret. Navy Commander John Bennett Wells is representing the master sergeant. He said there is no doubt in his mind that the U.S. military is discriminating against Christians – and specifically his client.

“There’s no question about it,“ Wells told Fox News. “Because he is religious, because he feels that homosexual conduct is wrong for religious reasons, he is basically being persecuted.”

Lt. Col. Justin Platt, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon released a statement to Fox News noting that the military branch cannot comment on ongoing investigations or administrative actions.

“With respect to the political activities, soldiers are expected to carry out their obligations as citizens in accordance with applicable regulations,” Platt said.

And in the latest update on the efforts of homosexual activists to hammer this soldier, it is clear that while homosexuals cannot be made to feel the slightest bit of discomfort about their immoral and dangerous conduct, exposing people (including children) to lewd homosexual behavior is perfectly acceptable:

Wells said there are a number of homosexuals serving in the Army Band and he believes they are ganging up on Sommers because of his religious beliefs.

Last Spring Sommers raised concerns after the US Army Chorus had been invited to perform with the Turtle Creek Chorale, one of the nation’s largest gay men’s choruses.

Sommers said he witnessed an “inappropriate sexual advance between one of the members of the chorale” and a member of the US Army Chorus involving a slap on a soldier’s backside.

“The rehearsal also featured sexual innuendo and banter which made me feel particularly uncomfortable, and a situation where a 10-year-old boy, who was asked to sing a solo with the Turtle Creek Chorale, was subjected to inappropriate, lewd behavior from the Chorale in the presence of the Army Chorus,” he said.

Wells said he witnessed similar behavior on an Army base involving two men exchanging affectionate words.

“When I was in the military any kind of public display of affection on a military installation would have been discouraged and frowned upon,” Wells said. “Now, it’s blatant. I’m not sure heterosexuals can do that.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin told Fox News it appears the Army is trying to send a message to not only Sommers but others in his unit.

This latest update also indicates that while last week his politically correct chain of command was dissatisfied with a letter of reprimand and bad performance review and were seeking a bigger hammer, they may have now found that hammer: Article 15 nonjudicial punishment over something to do with a doctor’s appointment and the soldier’s autistic son’s medical records.

A 25-year soldier with a perfect record is now under the gun, not from the enemy, not from terrorists, but from political activists within his own chain of command. It’s official: the Army would rather have politically-approved immoral behavior than virtuous people in the ranks.  When I was in the military, the DOD sought to instill and cultivate the highest moral standards among all military members…but not now. We weren’t all angels, to be sure, but high moral standards was what the culture strove for, and it darn sure didn’t aim for and champion the lowest common denominator.

Give some long thought to what that means when it involves putting people who are deliberately making immoral choices in charge of immensely powerful weapons systems.

This soldier is going to need all the help he can get, because the Leftist hierarchy has made it very clear that people who have moral reservations about homosexual behavior should be punished, and that those who have moral convictions must appease the immoral in today’s military. Don’t want to shower with homosexuals? Shut up or get out of the military, you bigot! Leftists have been hammering people who believe in morality for years, and you can be darned sure that now that they hold the hammer in the military, they will use it in that strictly regimented environment to squash anyone who dares even look like they don’t support homosexual behavior. The indoctrination has already begun, and dissent will not be tolerated.

Welcome to 1984, homosexual activist style.


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force, a political writer for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for nearly 20 years, including a Tea Party leader and organizer since 2009. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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