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 have that right to show 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. It is the most patriotic thing to be critical of our oppressive and corrupt government. It is not a good remark to order civilians to mindlessly and unconditionally swear allegiance to a country by force. This is not a military coup, and Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. fails in recognizing that fact. Not only that, he is serving for all civilians like Kaepernick to practice those rights. Besides, the Admiral cannot just compare and contrast a 21st century civilian to a group of military members 75 years ago.
Watch the Fox News clip of the despicable 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 an oppressive totalitarian 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. 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 not moral. 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.