The Military and Politics Do Not Mix

Military Times has an interesting article regarding which political party active duty military support.  While the survey numbers mildly interesting and based on other polling data are not surprising, what bothers me is that those in uniform are considered a voting bloc.

My first Battalion Commander, hammered home the point to all his officers that while we might have political views they were immaterial and that while in uniform they were to remain private.  Our obligation he stated, correctly, was to the Constitution and not to any political party.

Since then, the tradition of those in the military keeping their political views to themselves has gone by the wayside.  It is not unusual today to see political bumper stickers or even license plates professing ones political views.  In those ancient days when I entered the Army nothing like that was seen nor tolerated.  The Army was viewed itself as an apolitical institution.  While many voted the cult of George C. Marshall not voting still effected the ethos and culture of the military.

Not anymore.  Today we have dueling candidates seeking the support of retired military officers.  It is not unusual to see political views expressed overtly by uniformed members of the military.  Frankly I find it unseemly that General (Retired) Humpty France endorsed candidate so and so.  If Mr. Humpty France wants to endorse candidate so and so—that is his right as a citizen.  As a retired General Officer his rank and last position should not be associated with politics.

As a citizen I have political views, but as Colonel (Retired) I have no political views.  As a citizen my political views are only expressed as Mr. Henry J. Foresman, Jr. and then they are one opinion among 350 million other Americans.

About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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2 Responses to The Military and Politics Do Not Mix

  1. slater says:

    If we’re meant to be apolitical, then why have voting assistance officers?

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  2. ultimaratioregis says:

    One apparently failed to pass the word to CJCS Dempsey for his egregious violation of his oath of office in suppressing Constitutional free speech of a private citizen (twice), and of Flat Stanley McChrystal, who offered, while in uniform, that he voted for Obama. And Missy Mullen, who decided, unprovoked, to offer his PERSONAL, non-professional views on repeal of DADT, in which he informed us that any who disagreed lacked integrity. And Locklear with his global warming BS.

    Military and politics mix just fine if you are far-left of center. General Mixon, advising those in his command of their legal recourse to a policy they disagreed with? Reprimanded.

    So you are half-right. If you aren’t a far-left liberal, you’d better remain quiet.

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