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  1. Die Vereidigung der Wehrmacht auf Adolf Hitler, 2 August 1934:

    Ich schwöre bei Gott diesen heiligen Eid, daß ich dem Führer des Deutschen Reiches und Volkes Adolf Hitler, dem Oberbefehlshaber der Wehrmacht, unbedingten Gehorsam leisten und als tapferer Soldat bereit sein will, jederzeit für diesen Eid mein Leben einzusetzen.

    When I heard of the Commander-in-Chief’s statement that when he thinks “about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on (his) behalf,” I was reminded, very uncomfortably, of the personal oath of individual allegiance that Der Führer required of every member of the Wehrmacht. Now, I rather doubt that the Commander-in-Chief actually thinks along those lines, and simply used a very, very poor choice of language. But this is the kind of thing on which the President needs to be very careful about his words.

  2. Ed:
    When I heard of the Commander-in-Chief’s statement that when he thinks “about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on (his) behalf,” I was reminded, very uncomfortably, of the personal oath of individual allegiance that Der Führer required of every member of the Wehrmacht. Now, I rather doubt that the Commander-in-Chief actually thinks along those lines, and simply used a very, very poor choice of language. But this is the kind of thing on which the President needs to be very careful about his words.

    Above, 2nd in BOLD, I have no doubts. Barack Fidel Chavez’s intentions are clearer every day.

  3. Barack Obama to the people he hired for top responsibilities in his 2008 campaign: I can do the job I’m hiring you to do imminently better than you can do it, but I’m hiring you to do it anyway.

    Obama has always thought that he was Satan’s (his god) gift to Marxism in the US and that he was better than everyone else regarding everything. To Baraka Obama, everything actually is about him, and nobody is fit to tie his shoes.

    Does Baraka Obama think the US Military fights for him? Is a direct extension of him?
    Is the Pope Catholic?
    Does a bear Pelosi in the woods?

  4. In spite of his staged photo ops with military members standing behind him–the folks Mr. Obama claims serve on his behalf, the current occupant of the Oval Office garners little respect in some notable corners.

    …the most recent Military Times survey of active-duty service members shows the lowest approval ratings for Obama’s job as commander in chief since he took office in 2009: 25 percent, down from 35 after Obama’s first year on the job. And rank-and-file Marines are hearing considerably more anti-Obama talk on the job than they noticed in the past.”

    http://godfatherpolitics.com/4727/us-marines-give-president-obama-lowest-ratings-ever/

  5. The United States Marine Corps recently discharged Sgt Gary Stein, under less-than-honorable conditions, for a Facebook posting:

    SAN DIEGO – A sergeant will be discharged for criticizing President Obama on Facebook in a case that called into question the Pentagon’s policies about social media and its limits on the speech of active duty military personnel, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

    Sgt. Gary Stein will get an other-than-honorable discharge and lose most of his benefits for violating the policies, the Corps said.

    The San Diego-area Marine who has served nine years in the Corps said he was disappointed by the decision. He argued that he was exercising his constitutional rights to free speech.

    “I love the Marine Corps, I love my job. I wish it wouldn’t have gone this way. I’m having a hard time seeing how 15 words on Facebook could have ruined my nine-year career,” he told The Associated Press.

    Gary Kreep, an attorney for Stein, said he would pursue administrative appeals within the Marine Corps but anticipates the effort will fail. He said he planned to file an amended complaint in federal court.

    “As long as he wants to pursue this, we will be supporting him,” said Kreep, who is executive director of the United States Justice Foundation, an advocacy group.

    The Marines acted after saying Stein stated March 1 on a Facebook page used by Marine meteorologists, “Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him.” Stein later clarified that statement, saying he would not follow unlawful orders.

    Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, said in a brief statement Wednesday that evidence supported an administrative board’s recommendation to discharge Stein.

    While there was some support for Sgt Stein, I agree with the discharge: no Marine, or anyone on active duty, can publicly show disrespect to the Commander-in-Chief, regardless of his opinion of the individual who happens to eb Commander-in-Chief. It seems to me that the Corps could have found a way to give Sgt an honorable discharge, which would not have cost him his benefits, or put a mark on his record which will make it more difficult for him to get a civilian job, but the discharge was inevitable.

  6. Sgt. Stein broke the rules. Although he expressed the apparent sentiment of a number of his fellow Marines and other military members, he broke the rules. He deserved to be punished. At the same time, I believe he was made a scapegoat when he was given a less-than-honorable discharge–a scapegoat who serves as a warning to other military men and women that the current Commander-in-Chief is a thin-skinned, vindictive man who will not tolerate the questioning of his authority–no matter how inept his use (or abuse) of that authority might seem to those who understand the function and the mission military far better than the CiC does.

    In spite of the president’s apparent belief that the military serves “him,” I have never met a member of the military who professed to serve only the POTUS. Military personnel serve the country–ALL the country–not just the POTUS. They know, however, that whoever is president during their service is their Commander-in-Chief and they learn from their earliest days of basic training that they must honor the role of the CiC. In return, they have a right to expect a degree of honor and respect from the CiC. Many of today’s military personnel, as noted in the linked Military Times survey, do not believe their mandated respect is reciprocated by the current president, whose respect for them is no mandated, but is rightfully expected.

  7. Isn’t this the post where Wagonwheel comes to the defense of Sgt. Stein and his right to free speech without censorship? Or is it only our Editor who must respect free speech but not our President, military and government?

    Frankly, Obama could show some real class in this case with a Presidential Pardon.

  8. Obama: ‘Sometimes I Forget’ Magnitude of the Recession
    Posted on May 11, 2012 by Cowboy Byte
    President Obama, speaking earlier today at a campaign event in Seattle, Washington:

    “It was a house of cards and it collapsed in the most destructive, worst crisis that we’ve seen since the Great Depression,” Obama said. “And sometimes people forget the magnitude of it. You know, you saw some of that in the video that was shown. Sometimes I forget.”

    Mitt Romney’s press secretary, Andrea Saul, responds: “It’s not surprising that a president who forgot to create jobs, forgot to cut the debt, and forgot to change Washington has now admitted that he’s forgotten about the recession. In fact, it seems that the President has forgotten that he’s been in office for the last three-and-a-half years. In November, the American people won’t forget.

    Of Course he forgot, because it’s not all about him, so why should he remember.

  9. Perhaps Mr. Obama confessed that sometimes he forgets the magnitude of the recession in the desperate hope that the American people will forget the magnitude of his utter incompetence.

  10. Maybe he meant, for his benefit. Or maybe he meant “in his stead”, or even at his behest. On his “behalf” though? … he’s also planning to use them in some kind of get out the vote scheme, and it was just a cat slipping prematurely out of the bag, so to speak. LOL

    But then he does pretty well for someone with not much of an autobiographical connection with organic English.

    Say, speaking of autobiographical connections, did anyone read anything about Bill Ayer’s parents being only slightly closeted and very ardent lefties despite his father’s supposed executive status?

    And I heard a fragment of a radio show a couple weeks ago wherein “some guy named Medved”, stated that Obama’s grandmother was involved in the banking business in a role somewhat more elevated than say window teller. Who raised this guy anyway?

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