The Uniform Code of Military Justice is the statutory law found in Title 10 of the United States Code which governs conduct of members of the United States military. This includes all Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guard personnel.
Tulsi Gabbard is a Commissioned Officer as a Major in the Hawaii National Guard. She is also the incumbent Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District. Now she is also vying for the Democrat nomination to be 46th President of the United States of America.
But, are all these roles compatible? It is not my intention here to try to resolve that issue but rather to elevate the discussion so that a determination can be made by her Chain of Command.
This is primarily the responsibility of Major General Arthur J. “Joe” Logan. As Hawaii Adjutant General, he commands the Hawaii National Guard. It is also incumbent upon Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige to ensure compliance.
Active duty members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy including U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard, along with their respective Reserve components are subject to the UCMJ. While serving in the Army National Guard or Air National Guard, members are also covered by the UCMJ.
Unless called to extended active duty, National Guard members typically serve two days per month and two weeks per year. The uniform they wear reflects upon the United States of America and the Commander in Chief who is also President of the United States.
A Congresswoman and a Democrat Presidential candidate has every right to differ with and criticize the actions of her President. But there are legitimate concerns about a National Guard Officer doing so whether directed at him in his role as President or as Commander-in-Chief.
Allegations of misconduct in this regard have been raised in previous campaigns with Tulsi Gabbard. She has of course, predictably, exonerated herself of any wrongdoing. But an official ruling needs to be made by her Chain of Command.
Just yesterday, April 3, 2019, Tulsi Gabbard sent the following in a tweet:
“Trump is willing to sacrifice the wellbeing of our country for his own selfish interests.”
This was made in the context of border security as part of a longer tweetstorm. I’m not going to go back and research all of her previous tweets and her nearly daily YouTube videos. Even a Google search would provide only anecdotal evidence.
She certainly has the right not to be tried in the “Court of Social Media.” She should, of course, afford President Donald Trump the same respect.
National Guard and Air National Guard are unique in that they also fall under the authority of their respective Governor as well as the U.S. President and Commander in Chief. An immediate response is needed by Maj. Gen. Logan as Hawaii Adjutant General.
Respect should be given to the military service of everyone who serves honorably in uniform. I did my own time in the U.S. Air Force a half century ago during the Vietnam era.
Tulsi Gabbard has been in the Middle East. But her time in uniform in Iraq is one thing and her personal visit with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is something entirely different.
Certainly her actions as a member of Congress will be impacted by her contact with the Syrian dictator. So is her rhetoric in the Democrat presidential campaign. That is for the voters of Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District and for voters in the Democrat Primary respectively to deal with.
But whether she can perform her assigned duties as a Commissioned Officer in the Hawaii National Guard while disrespecting and insulting her Commander in Chief ~ and opposing his domestic and foreign policies as an outspoken critic ~ is something that needs immediate attention by her Chain of Command.
If she has violated the UCMJ, then a Court-Martial would be in order. She can at this point resign her Commission from the National Guard. She should realize that she has a conflict of interest.
As an American veteran and patriot, I can articulate and present the issues for consideration and potential resolution. It is first of all a matter of utmost importance under the UCMJ. It is beyond that of concern whether political parties condone a candidate for office using her military service in a partisan campaign.
I will conclude with another relevant issue. Normally, one of the basic rules of mainstream journalism is not to ask a question to which you don’t already know the answer. But, that only applies if you have a preconceived notion or conclusion that you seek to confirm.
But, we here at NOQ report are in quest of the truth whatever it may be. Therefore, issues are properly raised to determine where they legitimately lead. We are not looking for gotcha questions. We’re here to educate and provide information regarding facts.
The following screenshot is from Tulsi’s YouTube video of January 24, 2019, as she ramped up her campaign for President. Who is this man and what was the location? More importantly, why is this relevant to her campaign video?
There really are no written rules of conduct for presidential candidates. But the Uniform Code of Military Justice strictly defines what military men and women may or may not do. In the same video, she identifies herself as a member of the Hawaii National Guard.
It is hoped that the Hawaii Adjutant General will make the required determination. The Democrat Party should also censure Tulsi.
This is where the voters come in.
Conservatives really have no dog in the fight as to who wins the Democrat presidential primary. But if Tulsi runs simultaneously for re-election to Congress, we can replace her with a conservative opponent who has never dishonored a military uniform by using it for partisan political purposes.
Will you help revive the American Conservative Movement?