“Nobody gets removed for adultery! You’re charges won’t stand.”
These words were spoken by a (now former) Sailor when I officially delivered charges. He had been trouble since almost his first day showing up at the command. Besides going through a messy divorce for his shotgun wedding, having a kid and then not paying child support, causing my first safety stand down in years when he shorted out an UPS battery…all these and more, this guy was just problems. After numerous verbal and written counselings, being put on report just wasn’t getting the message across, so I administratively separated him on three different charges, one of which was a self-admitted adultery.
If you ask most military members, they’ll tell you the same thing he did: that nobody gets removed for adultery. And they are wrong, if only because I removed a Sailor for it. Adultery is still illegal in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
But that statement speaks to something else…that somehow, because we disagree with a law, and because it’s socially acceptable to partake in such actions, that somehow that justifies doing those things, and thus we shouldn’t enforce that rule.
As I’ve become fond of saying: that’s not how the world works. Just because you don’t like a law doesn’t make it null and void. You can get your lawmakers to change a law, or get it overturned as unconstitutional, but otherwise it’s still the law.
While it’s understandable that a 20 year old might not realize this (given our poor state of education in this country), it’s sad to see grown adults not realize it. Facebook is once again outraged about the enforcement of marijuana laws. Personally, I think the current ban on marijuana is silly. But it’s the law. So if we want to change it, let’s do that the right way.
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