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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rebel of the Week: Corporal Jesse Thorsen, the soldier for Ron Paul who was “cut off” by CNN

This week, we would like to honor Jesse as our Rebel of  the Week for standing up for his beliefs and speaking truth to power in a country that seems all too willing to accept his sacrifices, but not his opinions– and maybe not even his right to express his opinions. The New American reports:
But according to some U.S. officials cited in news reports, Thorsen should not have publicly backed a candidate while in uniform. The actions may potentially have even been a violation of a Defense Department “directive” forbidding service members from making “inferences that their political activities imply or appear to imply official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement.”
And there is a good reason for this policy: to prevent the military from becoming political, though it would be hard to argue that the top brass in the White House and the Pentagon haven’t already violated this key principle for years (decades?) now and used our military for political purposes instead of the defense of the American people from imminent foreign threats. But the policy doesn’t– or at least, certainly shouldn’t– apply to members who are no longer active duty, like Jesse Thorsen, who has not been active duty since October. Serving does not mean you give up your right to ever speak out or be politically active for the rest of your life, even after you’re no longer serving. So what about the uniform?

In an interview with CNN, Lt. Dan Choi, a former Army National Guard member sums it up like this, defending his right to wear his uniform and his pride in it:

Read my entire article at The Silver Underground.

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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