In 1991-2, while stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, I volunteered to visit with prisoners at the military prison. I met a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who had lost his commission and was serving 15 years for having committed adultery with a subordinate’s wife. He would get out of prison with a dishonorable discharge, no retirement and no veteran’s benefits. He used a well-worn comment to describe his situation: “I did the crime, so now I do the time.”
You may be surprised to learn that adultery is not listed as an offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This prisoner had been convicted under the broad provisions of Article 134 of the UCMJ, which prohibits conduct that brings discredit upon the armed forces, or conduct which is prejudicial to good order and discipline.
Now, consider that Donald Trump is the Commander-in-Chief of 1.2 million active duty soldiers, sailors and marines (as well as 800 thousand reservists and National Guardsmen when they are mobilized) who serve to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. If Trump were subject to the UCMJ, he would have been charged with multiple acts that discredit the armed forces and are prejudicial to good order and discipline.
Imagine serving in the military, being commanded to sacrifice everything, possibly including your life, to the defense of America’s interests. Imagine knowing that behavior which could get you court-martialed has been displayed openly by your commander-in-chief. How can members of the military be held to such standards while the president is not?
The “Support Our Troops” sentiment should be more than a bumper sticker. Impeach Donald Trump and Make America Decent Again.