I couldn’t believe the brainwashing piece that came out of Advocate reporter Mark Ballard on September 2nd suggesting that Ralph Abraham merely wears his Civil Air Patrol jacket “a lot” but was totally legit because he wasn’t wearing the full Air Force Style uniform. Here’s what Ballard wrote:
In his run for governor, Abraham, now a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, is careful with his terminology. He may wear his Civil Air Patrol jacket, a lot, but it’s more as fashionable accessory with blue jeans. Wearing the complete uniform is improper under U.S. Department of Defense directives that outline what active and veteran armed forces personnel can do in a political campaign.
That’s absolute baloney! A head shot in the CAP Air Force flight jacket with a dark green collared shirt would be all that would be needed to deliver the fraudulent perception message. I mentioned this journalist’s ridiculous spin to a fellow crew member who laughed and retorted that a disgraceful Ralph Abraham, per her Green Beret friends, was already wearing the full Air Force style sage green flight suit in some photos in front of the American flag. She said he had absolutely worked either the full uniform or a green shirted substitute onto his Twitter feed image overlaid with his campaign supporters and was trashing the stench of his oppositions.
She sent me all these images which I am now sending to you.
Ralph Abraham is in violation of Civil Air Patrol regulations and the spirit of not using the trimmings of the US military, in this case an Air Force uniform, to enhance his own political campaign. Civil Air Patrol members have stated this on their public CAPTalk forum:
CAPM 39-1, Page 9-10
1.2.7. When NOT to wear the CAP Uniform.
22.214.171.124. While furthering political activities, private employment or commercial interest.
I see that one of your authors has also targeted his violation of 501c3 regulations. I don’t understand that as well, but someone should be looking into it with the Internal Revenue Service.
More crucially, here is a review of the rules for all genuine military members that would be a part of any Total Force:
1. Political bumper stickers on a military members’ personal vehicle are allowed, but large banners or signs are not. Such banners or posters are not allowed to be displayed at the military member’s residence, either.
2. Military members can attend rallies or fundraising activities as long as they’re not in uniform and not creating the appearance of any military sponsorship or approval.
3. Military members are not permitted to speak before a partisan political gathering, including any gathering that promotes a partisan political party, candidate, or cause, participate in any radio, television, or other program or group discussion as an advocate for or against a partisan political party, candidate, or cause, or conduct a political opinion survey under the auspices of a partisan political club or group or distribute partisan political literature.
If you look at this additional image she sent to me, Ralph Abraham is wearing the Air Force style flight jacket while suggesting that a Democratic governor and graduate of West Point is generating the stink of corruption in the Louisiana Governor’s Office.