Poll: Should Members of Military Be Free to Publicly Slam Civilian Leaders?

"Tea Party Marine" case is throwing a spotlight on different rules for service members.


The U.S. military has limited the free speech of troops since the Civil War, including not being allowed to criticize civilian leaders like the president.

So it's no wonder that Marine Sgt. Gary Stein is facing discharge for bashing Barack Obama on his Tea Party Facebook page. Should these First Amendment restrictions apply in this era of social media?

CA Dude April 07, 2012 at 09:16 PM
CA Dude April 07, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Would citizens prefer that members of the military start wearing masks when they state their public opinions? Free speech rules and applies to all citizens, including military personnel.
Virginia April 07, 2012 at 11:07 PM
they fight for freedom of speech.....they should have freedom of speech.....
TVOR April 08, 2012 at 01:01 AM
No sir, it does not. At least not to the same extent. This is a matter of fact.
Boss Mann April 08, 2012 at 09:58 PM
They are puppets of the military. We don't want them to think. They do what they are told. End of story. Don't like it, don't join.


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