Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The other side of the coin

Full article here (read the comments following also)

The problem is in how the campaign is attempting to bring military spouses
to the discussions with Michelle. They are asking members of Blue Stars for
Obama to go out and seek other military spouses, who are not signed on to Blue
Stars for Obama, in order to drum up large crowds for the events.
Some BSFOs
are known to be contacting other military wives, urging them to take part in a
political event; the rough equivalent of “undue command pressure” — unacceptable
behavior considering that spouses of junior officers or enlisted personnel can
sometimes be intimidated by a request or admonition from the wife of a senior
officer or enlisted military member. After all, the senior officers and enlisted
write or have input on the fitness reports for those under their purview (”I
can’t cross the chief officer’s or master sergeant’s wife; her husband holds my
husband’s career in his hands”).
Since the military member cannot take part
in publicly supporting a particular candidate, it has always been understood
among military wives that it is also inappropriate for a military member’s
spouse to use her position in the military community to solicit others toward
her personal political views via access she has gained to e-mail addresses,
phone numbers and other networking avenues available to her within the military

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