Let’s start with this:
4.1.1. A member of the Armed Forces on active duty may:
18.104.22.168. Join a partisan or nonpartisan political club and attend its meetings when not in uniform, subject to the restrictions of subparagraph 22.214.171.124. (See DoD Instruction 1334.1 (Reference (c).)
126.96.36.199. Serve as an election official, if such service is not as a representative of a partisan political party, does not interfere with the performance of military duties, is performed when not in uniform, and the Secretary concerned has given prior approval. The Secretary concerned may NOT delegate the authority to grant or deny such permission.
188.8.131.52. Sign a petition for a specific legislative action or a petition to place a candidate’s name on an official election ballot, if the signing does not obligate the member to engage in partisan political activity and is done as a private citizen and not as a representative of the Armed Forces.
184.108.40.206. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper expressing the member’s personal views on public issues or political candidates, if such action is not part of an organized letter-writing campaign or a solicitation of votes for or against a political party or partisan political cause or candidate. If the letter identifies the member as on active duty (or if the member is otherwise reasonably identifiable as a member of the Armed Forces), the letter should clearly state that the views expressed are those of the individual only and not those of the Department of Defense (or Department of Homeland Security for members of the Coast Guard).
220.127.116.11. Make monetary contributions to a political organization, party, or committee favoring a particular candidate or slate of candidates, subject to the limitations under section 441a of title 2, United States Code (U.S.C.) (Reference (d)); section 607 of title 18, U.S.C. (Reference (e)); and other applicable law.
18.104.22.168. Display a political bumper sticker on the member’s private vehicle.
22.214.171.124. Attend partisan and nonpartisan political fundraising activities, meetings, rallies, debates, conventions, or activities as a spectator when not in uniform and when no inference or appearance of official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement can reasonably be drawn.
126.96.36.199. Participate fully in the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
4.1.2. A member of the Armed Forces on active duty shall not:
188.8.131.52. Participate in partisan political fundraising activities (except as permitted in subparagraph 184.108.40.206.), rallies, conventions (including making speeches in the course thereof), management of campaigns, or debates, either on one’s own behalf or on that of another, without respect to uniform or inference or appearance of official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement. Participation includes more than mere attendance as a spectator. (See subparagraph 220.127.116.11.)
18.104.22.168. Use official authority or influence to interfere with an election, affect the course or outcome of an election, solicit votes for a particular candidate or issue, or require or solicit political contributions from others.
22.214.171.124. Allow or cause to be published partisan political articles, letters, or endorsements signed or written by the member that solicits votes for or against a partisan political party, candidate, or cause. This is distinguished from a letter to the editor as permitted under the conditions noted in subparagraph 126.96.36.199.
188.8.131.52. Speak before a partisan political gathering, including any gathering that promotes a partisan political party, candidate, or cause.
184.108.40.206. Participate in any radio, television, or other program or group discussion as an advocate for or against a partisan political party, candidate, or cause.
220.127.116.11. Conduct a political opinion survey under the auspices of a partisan political club or group or distribute partisan political literature.
18.104.22.168. Perform clerical or other duties for a partisan political committee or candidate during a campaign, on an election day, or after an election day during the process of closing out a campaign.
22.214.171.124. Solicit or otherwise engage in fundraising activities in Federal offices or facilities, including military reservations, for any political cause or candidate.
126.96.36.199. March or ride in a partisan political parade.
188.8.131.52. Display a large political sign, banner, or poster (as distinguished from a bumper sticker) on a private vehicle.
184.108.40.206. Display a partisan political sign, poster, banner, or similar device visible to the public at one’s residence on a military installation, even if that residence is part of a privatized housing development.
220.127.116.11. Participate in any organized effort to provide voters with transportation to the polls if the effort is organized by or associated with a partisan political party, cause, or candidate.
18.104.22.168. Sell tickets for or otherwise actively promote partisan political dinners and similar fundraising events.
22.214.171.124. Attend partisan political events as an official representative of the Armed Forces, except as a member of a joint Armed Forces color guard at the opening ceremonies of the national conventions of the Republican, Democratic, or other political parties recognized by the Federal Elections Committee or as otherwise authorized by the Secretary concerned.
126.96.36.199. Make a campaign contribution to, or receive or solicit (on one’s own behalf) a campaign contribution from, any other member of the Armed Forces on active duty. Any contributions not prohibited by this subparagraph remain subject to the gift provisions of sections 2635.301-2635.304 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (Reference (f)). See subparagraph 188.8.131.52. for general prohibitions on partisan fundraising activity.
4.1.3. Commissioned officers shall not use contemptuous words as prohibited by section 888 of Reference (b) or participate in activities proscribed by DoD Directives 5200.2 and 1325.6 (References (g) and (h), respectively).
4.1.4. 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.
4.1.5. Activities not expressly prohibited may be contrary to the spirit and intent of this Directive. Any activity that may be reasonably viewed as directly or indirectly associating the Department of Defense or the Department of Homeland Security (in the case of the Coast Guard) or any component of these Departments with a partisan political activity or is otherwise contrary to the spirit and intention of this Directive shall be avoided.
Essentially, this means that members of the U.S. military are not to be doing political activities in uniform!
Why is this a rule? Because campaigning for candidates or political causes in uniform can give the impression that you speak for the military, and not for yourself as an individual. The military should be free of partisan politics. The military should not be partisan in any way. The military is one of the most trusted organizations in the United States, and has consistently been at the top of the “most trusted” list for years.
So what does it do to the perceived objectivity and non-partisanship of the military when two complete douchetards decide to “enthusiastically” promote gun control – a hot-button national issue – on behalf of “the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility” and
Obama Organizing for America Action?
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How will two
Soldiers Dumbasses, who are “enthusiastically” taking photos and asking for petitions with a group that is not only partisan, but still has the Obama logo as its symbol contribute to the alleged “non-partisanship” of the military?
Really, douchetards? REALLY
Regulations exist for a reason. The military is not to be used as a propaganda tool to make political gains on gun control or any other issue.
And frankly, jackwagons, when you took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, it means the ENTIRE Constitution, not just the parts with which you agree!
You are the U.S. military. You do not endorse legislation. You do not campaign. You do not hold petition drives to drum up support for your political views. And you certainly don’t do so in uniform!
The only thing I can see from this photo is that these two dillholes are Army E5s. I hesitate to call them NCOs, because they’re just too bloody stupid to merit that title. But if anyone knows who these morons are, feel free to contact their chain of command.