Laws don’t work that way

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Laws don't work that way

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.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_104300” align=“aligncenter” width=“599”] Or in his case, a quick separation…[/caption]

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.


This post rep­re­sents the views of the author and not those of the Depart­ment of Defense, Depart­ment of the Navy, or any other fed­eral agency.

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“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.

Or in his case, a quick separation…

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.


This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other federal agency.

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