The Fox News Network posted a video on the Admiral promoting what I would call out as an irrational comparison between Kaepernick’s protest to the service members during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Military are required under the oppressive UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) to stand for the national anthem during morning colors. Civilians, on the other hand, have the freedom to demonstrate resistance to the mindless pride of a country that, according to a study from Princeton University I critiqued, is more of an oligarchy than a democracy.
Kaepernick is showing the right attitude for raising awareness of the injustice going on in this country. I believe it is the most patriotic thing to be critical of a government in the wrong than show unconditional allegiance to a country even if illegal wars and unconstitutional laws were passed under Her name. Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. seems unaware of recognizing those facts about his country. Perhaps he knows about the crimes of this country, but conveniently ignores them since he is a member of the elite and protected by the elite as long as he follows the status quo of our terrorist foreign policy system rather than challenge it. I digress. Like most high-ranking positions, they are just doing their job. Even if the system they are following is wrong, the job is carried out with very dehumanizing consequences. To serve a country where Kaepernick can practice those rights, and criticize him for it by comparing a 21st century civilian to a group of military members 75 years ago does not make any sense. Given his political views, my recommendation for Admiral Harris is to not celebrate and recognize the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. since he clearly does not think highly about any outspoken voice concerned about social justice and racism. Instead, he should continue supporting an imperialist country that thought it was a great idea to celebrate Columbus Day. Assuming Harris knows his history, Columbus and his men were responsible for the mass genocide of a civilization known as the Native Americans for the sake of gold and power.
Watch the Fox News clip of Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. indirectly criticizing a civilian’s right to protest injustice. This high-ranking officer of the United States Navy received applause from the law-abiding, unconditionally loyal anti-intellectuals to a corporate-owned country in charge of the most violent military organization in the world. It goes to show what kind of organization the United States Navy is for promoting a man who hates democracy. Fox News quoted the Admiral’s words as follows:
“You can bet that the men and women that we honor today – and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago – never took a knee and never failed to stand when they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said.
Let us not forget that the unconstitutional and oppressive mass incarceration of the UCMJ currently holding all sailors accountable have no choice but to salute during the national anthem. Any act of protest is punishable under the UCMJ, which is automatically a violation of the Constitution’s right to free speech under the first amendment (perhaps I should also recommend Admiral Harris and the rest of the Navy to not recite the Sailor’s Creed anymore since it’s just empty words to them). I critiqued one unfortunate incident of a sailor inspired by Kaepernick. She was punished, and I concluded whether it is really necessary for service members transitioning from civilian to a military lifestyle to be stripped from their natural constitutional rights. And for what? The UCMJ? Obedience to the law? Legal and illegal is all that matters in the United States Navy. Not right and wrong. A lot of these laws are not just. The purpose is basically similar to the mass incarceration that would scar service members for the rest of their lives. Not only that, but their right to find good work with fair pay is limited after they leave the military with a dishonorable discharge.
On the other side, Colin Kaepernick, a civilian, has that natural right to a peaceful protest. His act is not disrespecting this country, because all American citizens are supposed to hold their government accountable by protest or speech. I argue that the United States military should recognize that the Constitution is the higher law that overpowers the UCMJ. For instance, questioning authority or disobeying a direct order should be encouraged if the direct order is unlawful or just plain wrong. Edward Snowden is another prime example of a man who was unjustly charged by a law, but his reason for breaking that law is to raise awareness that the NSA violated the Constitution. This is the right thing to do. Conscientious actions that expose the truth are more respected than being a silent, law-abiding accomplice to an organization or system of injustice.