I have a lot of people added on Facebook because I have a extensive family that is from all over and I happen to live in Texas where the majority of voters are Conservatives, which I have no problem with. Because of that and our proximity to Mexico, a lot of people have strong views towards immigration: A lot of people just hate immigrants. (Especially illegal immigrants.) I can understand the idea of not wanting illegal immigrants to come over. To a large extent, I can agree with it, but I certainly don’t hate the immigrants for it. A lot of people coming over illegally are coming over because they feel like their life is so bad that a life that is in America is better than one in Mexico, even if that means they have to live here illegally. I don’t know about you, but that makes me appreciate being born and living here. When it comes down to it, I believe that the process for moving here legally needs to be overhauled and recreated because it simply doesn’t work they way it is supposed to. It is too expensive and takes too long for someone to be allowed to come over.
Anyways, I was browsing Facebook and saw the above image in my news feed. My initial reaction was confusion… I’m not sure which side of this image is supposed to be bad… I mean… I don’t understand what this image accomplishes. Let me take a moment to explain how this is thing is just… retarded.
Let’s take a moment to look at this left panel. You see Sgt. Gary Stein, who was given “Other Than Honorable Discharge” after refusing to remove or take down anti-Obama posts or images with Obama’s face photoshopped onto movie posters with titles like “Jackass” and “Horrible”. Because of that, he created a branch of the Tea Party that was anti-Obama. But, this image makes you assume that he was discharged for creating a political group since it tells you he was discharged after telling you he opened a new branch. Now, let’s think about it for a moment… Would your boss want to keep you as an employee if he found out he was being mocked like this? I know for certain he wouldn’t. You wouldn’t have a job for long and you certainly wouldn’t keep if he confronted you about it and told you that you would be fired unless you took it down and you refused.
Don’t get me wrong- I believe everyone has the right to freely speak about whatever they want. You should be allowed to talk badly about your boss if you want to. But, your boss has the right to fire you for it and that’s the way things are and if you have a problem with it, you can become your own boss.
“I, (name), DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC; THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME; AND THAT I WILL OBEY THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE ORDERS OF THE OFFICERS APPOINTED OVER ME, ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS AND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. SO HELP ME GOD.”
The above is the Oath of Enlistment, which former-sergeant Gary Stein had to take in order to be in the military. It’s a contract to defend the country and to obey the orders of the above ranks, which he explicitly did not do. That’s why he was discharged. Even then, he wasn’t discharged by Obama, but by the person directly above him. He violated Articles of the UCMJ, plain and simple, and the person who is serving as our Commander-in-Chief has nothing to do with that.
Alright, let’s go to the next panel on the right… Ekatrine Bautista was an illegal immigrant who signed up for military service as an illegal so that she could go fight for our freedoms just days after the 9/11 attacks. We weren’t sure who we’d go after to revenge the deaths of thousands of innocent American citizens. It’s great that she did that. She was even willing to lie in order to defend the country that she wasn’t even supposed to be in. That’s what I would call a hero and for this image to try to use that to paint her in a bad light… well, I just don’t know how to respond to that because nothing that is in her panel is bad. So what if she was an illegal immigrant? There are specific laws in place that allow illegal immigrants to join the military as many have in the past. It’s a courageous thing to do. She even served 8 years. I don’t know about you, but a lot of people join the military don’t serve the military for 8 years, so she went above and beyond what she had to do if she was just getting into the military to be granted citizenship; She even went on record saying that she wasn’t even aware that she could be granted citizenship that way.
Bringing this all to one central point: This image is supposed to make you feel compassion for a soldier who broke an oath towards the army, who ignored orders of his superiors, and was rightly punished, bringing all the frustration over to a true hero that would defend a country that was attacked by risking her life. You be the judge- Is
Ekaterine Bautista really a “dream” soldier?