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Supporters of Anti-Obama Marine Plan Rally at Camp Pendleton

Sgt. Gary Stein

Above: Sgt. Gary Stein

Supporters of a Camp Pendleton Marine who's facing dismissal from the service because of anti-Obama Facebook posts are planning a demonstration today. The SoCal Patriots say they'll rally this afternoon at Camp Pendleton's main gate in support of Sgt. Gary Stein.

Jeff Schwilk, founder of SoCal Patriots and a Marine Corps veteran, writes on the So Cal Patriots Facebook page:

All Marines are... taught not to obey unlawful orders. Sgt. Stein’s public re-affirmation of these core Marine Corps and American principles on his Facebook pages should be commended, not punished. This sudden rush to end Sgt. Stein’s honorable 9 year career reeks of political correctness and a possible witch hunt on the part of his superior officers and Commanding General.

Schwilk wrote in an email to Home Post that the rally is a "big show of support" for Sgt. Stein. Stein, founder of the Armed Forces Tea Party, could get kicked out of the Marines for posts he wrote on Facebook saying he would not follow orders from President Barack Obama, his commander-in-chief. Stein later altered his comments to say he would not follow unlawful orders.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, Republican congressman from San Diego County and a Marine veteran, came out today in support Sgt. Stein. He told the Marine Corps Times he doesn't believe Stein should be booted from the Marines:

“I don’t think they should be doing anything... From what I can see, he did he job, he sounds like a smart guy and he’s done well for the Marine Corps. [Stein’s] not sitting there in uniform saluting the flag while he’s saying he won’t follow certain orders — he was speaking as a private citizen.”

The Marine Corps Administrative Separation Board will hold a hearing April 5th at Camp Pendleton to decide whether Sgt. Stein will remain in the Marine Corps - and, if he is dismissed, what kind of discharge he'll receive.

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Avatar for user 'MinutemanProject'

MinutemanProject | March 29, 2012 at 12:26 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

RE: "Stein later altered his comments to say he would not follow unlawful orders."

Sgt. Stein, like all of us have done at one time or another, apparently posted his original comment in haste, and in error. He later clarified the true meaning of his comment, so why the effort to toss him out of the Marine Corps? We need career members of the Armed Forces if we are to maintain an efficient and dependable military.

Certainly, Sgt. Stein deserves a reprimand by his commanding officers, but NOT a discharge. No Marine should ever follow an order that is knowingly unlawful. To do so would allow any unscrupulous military leader to order his/her troops to commit unconscionable atrocities. Our Marines are in the business of winning battles, not committing atrocities.

I support Sgt Stein's corrected version of his Facebook posting.

Semper Fidelis,

"Corporal" Jim Gilchrist, President, The Minuteman Project
USMC, Vietnam, 1968 - '69

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 29, 2012 at 2:04 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I believe Mr. Stein has **chosen** to put political activism above service to our country.

I have little sympathy for him, he kept pushing his luck after repeated warnings and was clearly fishing for the media attention is has now attained.

The sooner he is kicked out and leaves the media spotlight, the better our community will be.

But people like Mr. Stein have trouble fading away. They usually become folk heroes amongst loony fringe groups and even try to infiltrate our government by running for office. Case in point, "Joe the Plumber", who actually reminds me a lot of Mr. Stein. Mr. Joe is running for office, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if we see Mr. Stein being groomed to be a tea party candidate for some public post.

The tea party loves this, by the way, this is playing out exactly as they planned.

It gives them a false "hero" to cling to, a reason to have one of their protests, and a reason to remain newsworthy.

My feeling is that Mr. Stein has been guided by activists and this was all planned out from the beginning.

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benz72 | March 29, 2012 at 4:23 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

PDSD, I was right with you until you brought in the tea party. In an effort to abide by Thumper's rule, I'd like to say that I agree with the first half of your post.

Get on board and work with the team or get off the team. We don't have to like the CinC, we do have to follow his orders, as required by our oaths.

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