9/8/16

The First Amendment



Sailor faces discipline after viral flag protest

While Kaepernick's flag protest was provocative, the sailor's is also against military regulations.

Navy rules state that troops must stand and face the flag when the National Anthem is played. Troops in uniform must salute, while troops not in uniform must stand at attention and place the right hand over the heart. These rules mean that her behavior could fall afoul of Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, failure to obey a lawful general order or regulation.

In 2014, a soldier stationed at Fort Carson, Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, posted a photo on Instagram showing herself hiding in her car to avoid the evening flag salute. The ensuing furor prompted an Army inquiry and concluded with a formal apology from Sheffey.

I suspect this young lady is about to get a lesson in the sometimes not-so-subtle differences between being in the armed forces of these United States with the necessarily more 'restrictive lifestyle', and the more unfettered application of the blessings of freedom as a civilian. I can live with Kaepernick's exercise of the First Amendment; defending all Americans' rights and freedoms and choice of expression is the whole point of service and sacrifice. But for a serving member to pull this is a lot tougher to gag down.

Much is also being made of this sort of thing in the local dustup over the Princeton of the Plains' school board, specifically the comments on the personal page of board member Scott Amrhein.

Amrhein, as has been pointed out, has every right to post what he wishes on his FB page. Yep. He does. No argument there.

And the citizenry, the parents and grandparents of the kids who attend the Princeton of the Plains, have every right to protest the attitude Amrhein's posts reveal, and to question his suitability to sit on the board.

It ain't that difficult to get your mind around.

It's just like Kaepernick. He has every right to protest, and to choose his means of protest.

I wonder how many of the Constitutional scholars who are defending Amrhein's right to post whatever he wants on his FB page, without regard to how that relates to the school board,are also wanting Kaepernick's head on a pike.

And ... if the kids who attend the Princeton of the Plains are warned about the repercussions of 'inappropriate' commentary on social media ... why does not that apply to their parents, other family members, faculty ... and school board members?

Accountability. Where is it?