Conservative author and commentator David Limbaugh blasted the Pentagon for telling a soldier that he could not read conservative books while in uniform – and warned that such orders are setting a dangerous precedent.
“A pattern has emerged in Obama’s military whereby this institution is also being politicized and corrupted with ideology, partisanship and political correctness,” Limbaugh told Fox News. “Obama has fostered a culture of polarity that is rippling into all sectors of our society and patriots must strenuously oppose it.”
Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a member of the U.S. Army Band is alleging that he was ordered on multiple occasions to stop reading books written by Limbaugh, Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity and radio host Mark Levin.
Sommers was reading Limbaugh’s “The Great Destroyer” backstage at a U.S. Army Band concert at the U.S. Capitol. A superior officer told him that he was causing “unit disruption” and was offending other soldiers.
“I wasn’t reading aloud,” he said. “I was just reading privately to myself. I was told they were frowning on that and they warned me that I should not be reading literature like that backstage because it was offensive.”
In another episode, he had been caught backstage reading a copy of Levin’s “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America.”
Sommers said he was told to refrain from reading the book “while in uniform or within sight of anyone from the band.”
“This is the first time since (my superior officer) indicated I had offended others with my choice of reading material, that I was officially counseled about it,” he said. “The statement took my breath away. I was speechless.”
Following is Limbaugh’s full statement:
“Am I reading you correctly? So the military brass is saying that if literature is offensive to someone soldiers can’t read it while in uniform? Do you realize how dangerous a precedent this is? Almost all political opinions are going to be offensive to someone. Political speech is precisely what the First Amendment free speech guarantee seeks to protect. Or, is the officer in question saying that only those books, facts, or opinions that might be offensive to President Obama are prohibited? In that case the military would be protecting only speech supportive of the president and his views and policies. This is outrageous on its face and I don’t need to tell you that you wouldn’t have seen this type of selective censorship during President George W. Bush’s tenure. I dare say we haven’t seen this type of censorship in the military before. It certainly didn’t exist when I went through Basic Training in the early seventies. I specifically remember checking out from the Barracks’ library a book on foreign policy. No one monitored what we read.
“We do not have a monarchy but a constitutional republic. We do not have a king, but a president. Our system is in jeopardy when criticism of our president is prohibited, even by the military. I also must emphasize that there is not a scintilla of a suggestion of anything subversive in my book or those of Sean Hannity or Mark Levin. To the contrary, we all vigorously support our Constitution and the rule of law. If anyone is deliberately subverting the system it is President Obama and part of my criticism (and Sean and Mark can speak for themselves), is directed against Obama’s overt effort to fundamentally change this nation and the sacred institutions that are foundational to our liberty, and his undermining of the Constitution and rule of law. As your prior reports show, this is not an isolated incident. A pattern has emerged in Obama’s military whereby this institution is also being politicized and corrupted with ideology, partisanship and political correctness. Obama has fostered a culture of polarity that is rippling into all sectors of our society and patriots must strenuously oppose it.”