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Domestic Enemies of the State

Crooks and Liars- By Jason Sigger Tuesday Apr 13, 2010 12:00pm

The Tea Party fever has entered the bloodstream of the US military.

A new Tea Party group, Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots, has grown quickly since being launched last month by an active duty Marine Corps sergeant. The group, which vows to “stand up on the very soil we defended to preserve common sense conservatism and defend our Constitution that is threatened by a tyrannical government,” currently has over 400 members, who have signed up through its Facebook page, though many are not active duty military. And it has close ties to the broader Tea Party movement.

“People in the military need to be heard,” the group’s prime organizer, Gary Stein — a Marine Corps sergeant stationed at Camp Pendleton in southern California — told TPMmuckraker in an interview. “Our opinions do count.”

From the organization’s web page:

Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots
World Wide
We have taken a oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the Unites [sic] States against all enemies foreign and domestic…” We have done so around the world… From the jungle of Vietnam to alleys on Fallujah… and now its time we stand up on the very soil we defended to preserve common sense conservatism and defend our Constitution that is threatened by a tyrannical government. For all those that are serving or served and their family members.

Other than to follow the Tea Party’s inability to spell, this isn’t entirely surprising. Since the military is an all-volunteer force derived from the general US population, you can probably count on a third of them being from the loyal conservative base that served CheneyBush so well. But for active duty service members to join this movement who believes that they are imperiled by a “tyrannical government”… wow. Any active duty service member who publicly signs up for this (or for the Oathkeepers) should be instantly nominated to have his/her security clearance revoked and be processed out of the military. We really don’t need a fifth column force within our armed forces.

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Also, in the interview, Holy Joe mentions:

“I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I got rejected by the Democratic Party in 2006 and went on as an independent, and thank God and the people of Connecticut, I got re-elected.

“So I’m up again in 2012. I probably will run again. I’ve got to make that decision by the end of this year, I would say. You know, it’s possible. I haven’t decided what banner I would like to run under. Probably independent is the one that suits me best, because that’s what I am.

“In this very partisan time, it’s not my nature or my philosophy to just walk down one party road whether I think it’s right or not. I’m going to, like a lot of Americans, decide what makes the most sense on issue to issue and do what I think is right.

“So right now I’d probably be more inclined to run again as an independent. But anything is possible.”
Well, what Lieberweinerman fails to mention here is that the Connecticut for Lieberman Party (CFL), the folks who helped get him onthe ballot in 2006, dislike him with a passion and are working to get him out of office. Seems that everybody is pretty much done with him except for AIPAC.

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Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots founder Gary Stein (inset) and unaffiliated Tea Party protesters in Washington, D.C.

Armed Forces Tea Party ‘In No Way Supports A Military Uprising’


Zachary Roth | April 13, 2010, 9:51AM

The organizer of the Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots is offering reassurance that his group doesn’t support a military uprising, views President Obama as the legitimate commander-in-chief, and will follow all constitutional orders.

But Gary Stein, an active duty Marine Corps sergeant, affirmed his belief in his group’s right to voice its opinion.

In a press release sent this morning that misspelled the president’s first name, Stein wrote that in recent days his group had been “attacked by many people calling us traitors.” And he declared:

Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots in no way supports a military uprising or anything to that subject, further more we recognize Barak (sic) Obama as the Command-in-Chief and we do not support disobeying orders that are lawful with Constitution, and will continue to follow orders given to us….We do understand that there is a time and place for expression and the military work place is not one of them.

But Stein added:

[J]ust because we have volunteered to serve our country in a camouflage uniform we do not strip away our rights as Americans to express our opinion on the polices of the current or future administrations.

We reported yesterday on the Armed Forces Tea Party, and its pledge to “defend our Constitution that is threatened by a tyrannical government.” The military restricts political speech and activism by active duty personnel, and some military law experts told us that Stein’s Tea Party activism may be close to the line of what’s prohibited.


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