Berkeley California, the city that back in the 60s actively marketed the concept of violent protest as a means of destroying public education, now thinks it is hunky-dory to enjoy all the benefits of US citizenship without any of the responsibilities.
As I noted at the end of last month, (Leftists In California Bite the Hand That Protects Them) the Berkeley City Council has voted to tell the US Marine Corps that Marine recruiters are unwelcome, uninvited intruders to their fair city. Berkeley officials also voted to give space outside the recruiting office to the radical group Code Pink where they are urged to "impede, passively or actively" the Marine recruiters.
I was tipped off to this issue last month by Melanie Morgan, co-host of the morning drive-time show on KSFO radio in San Francisco, and chairwoman of Move America Forward, the country's largest pro-troop organization. MAF and its supporters already were working to publicize and counter the actions of America's Dumbest City. As my headline today notes, something out there is just not right, and inter-species breeding is as good an explanation as any.
As can be expected, the Berkeley council's actions have resulted in a firestorm of criticism across the country. A confrontation is scheduled for Tuesday night when veterans and our supporters, spearheaded by representatives of MAF, will square off against the pro-communist, pro-terrorist, weirdoes and whackos aligned with Code Pink. You can go to MAF's website http://www.moveamericaforward.com/ for information on travel and lodging.
Code Pink members are the same degenerates who stand outside the gates of the Walter Reed military hospital on Friday nights and yell insults at wounded service members, many of them amputees, who are going out on weekend liberty.
The pre-fight maneuvering has gotten so involved that Code Pink, which was outnumbered and out-debated by Move America Forward on the sidewalks in front of the recruiting office last year, now is trying to take up all the seats in the Berkeley council chambers so MAF supporters will be shut out. Morgan and MAF went to Berkeley in October with more than 400 supporters to back the Marines, who opened the recruiting center there about a year ago.
This time, the council apparently intends to invoke the city fire regulations on how many people can legally occupy the council chambers, in an effort to stifle public dissent.
Note to Berkeley City Council - Move To A Larger Venue - duh! If you want to exercise free speech yourselves, you can't deny it for those who disagree with you. That is, unless you are coming right out and saying for the whole world to see that you are communists and believe in that failed philosophy's system of selective "rights for everyone."
What's next? Pogroms? Hippie Death Squads? Another Red Purge?
Code Pink organizers have done everything possible to give the impression that they are somehow relevant in today's world, but usually very few people care what they think or do. That is, until they attack our wounded troops, interfere with efforts to defend our country, or send money to Al Qaeda terrorists even as they fight our troops in Iraq, which Code Pink has done in the past with help from part of the California Democratic Congressional delegation.
But there are efforts underway to bring a semblance of common sense to this outrage. For starters, U.S. Senators James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and David Vitter (R-Louisiana) have introduced the Semper Fi Act of 2008, which would rescind over $2 million in hidden earmarks for Berkeley in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill. In addition the bill would transfer the funds to the Marine Corps.
U.S. Congressman John Campbell (R-CA) is introducing a companion bill in the House of Representatives. Did you notice the absence of "Ds" indicating party affiliation? And this in a presidential election year no less.
Senator Inhofe has commented, "By interfering with military recruiting, the city of Berkeley is hampering our ability to protect this nation. While the city of Berkeley and the protestors are free to say whatever they like, free speech is not a protection from consequence."
Senator DeMint added, "Berkeley City Council members have shown complete ingratitude to our military and their families, and the city doesn't deserve a single dime of special pet project handouts."
Rank and file Americans such as Nicholas Provenzo my brother Marine and fellow member of the Together We Served website, also will be traveling to Berkeley to submit a petition on behalf of our fellow veterans.
Nick says that "While the debate over the war is what we see on the face of this conflict, the problems with the Berkeley City Council's actions run far deeper than the mere question of whether the war is proper.
"The Council seeks to prevent the Marines from recruiting in Berkeley. This effort is nothing less than a brazen assault on the Constitution because it attempts to subvert the constitutional responsibility of the Congress to raise an army. No local government can claim the power or the mandate to oppose the national government in this mission.
"Furthermore, the Berkeley City Council's actions are grossly unfair because they attack the Marines for policy decisions they do not make. The armed forces must remain strictly non-political and obey the constitution and the laws passed by the civilian government. It is no overstatement to say that anything less than complete fidelity is license for disaster.
"I am struck that even veterans who have been outspoken in opposition to the current war nevertheless have chosen to support our boycott petition on these terms. Perhaps it is because as veterans, we each took a common oath to support and defend our Constitution, even with our very lives if need be.
"The justification for this dedication is simple; the Constitution is the means by which we peacefully manage our disputes with one another. Thus ... whether though ignorance or as part of a willful and deliberate act, the Berkeley City Council's reckless actions are an affront to the very fabric of our union and cannot be tolerated.
"If the Council refuses to correct itself and focus its efforts on items that are the proper focus of a local government, it will find itself isolated, defunded, and stripped of its legislative authority. The choice is theirs."
To that I can only add, Semper Fidelis.
Saturday, February 09, 2008