Re: Re: Clinton meets with boy scouts
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 11:33:21 -0500
In a message dated 96-03-14 10:56:09 EST, Pete Farnham writes:
> is my understanding that scouts participating in partisan political
> activity in uniform, as scouts, is strictly forbidden (no, I cannot
> cite a reference).
That is my understanding as well. My understanding comes partly from the
other side, arranging campaign appearances. In political consulting circles
it is known as a taboo -- but I know that some campaigns ignore such taboos.
No politicking should be done in uniform. Scouts should always anticipate
that they will be politically active, however, IMHO.
Those uniformed Scouts at campaign rallies should not be there. Scouting has
a national role to help kids, under the federal charter granted by Congress.
Part of that role includes reports to the President, given in uniform. That
role does NOT include support at campaign rallies for the same guy, or for
her or his opponent, during the campaign.
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City