My friend Doug, a former US Army Infantryman and dyed in the wool liberal born and raised in San Francisco, has a few choice words about the actions of his neighbors in Berkeley against the United States Marine Corps.
The City of Berkeley has gone too fucking far. A USMC Recruiting office opened on Shattuck Avenue in December 2006. It's mission is to attract recent college graduates to serve as officers.
"Code Pink" one of the shriller anti-everything groups in the area, went nuts.
The Berkeley City Council just passed two resolutions: One gave Code Pink a designated parking spot, right in front of the station. The second?
The other resolution more directly criticizes the presence of the center in Berkeley. The city manager was directed to send a letter to the U.S. Marine Corps saying they are "uninvited and unwelcome intruders" in the city.
In addition, the city attorney has been directed to investigate whether the city's anti-discrimination laws can be enforced at the center, based on the military's consideration of sexual orientation in hiring.
The United States Marine Corps. Morons, if the Marines were coming to your town as "unwelcome intruders" y'all would currently be either dead or learning to love life as an EPW. Marine recruiters are complete professionals, and I say this as an old Army grunt!
But things get better.. Betty Olds, member of the Politburo for the PR of Berkeley actually said the following:"I'm ashamed of my vote," said Councilwoman Betty Olds, who helped approve the parking spot but not the condemnation. "The protesters should have free speech - this is where Free Speech was born, after all - but to tell the Marines they are not welcome is shameful. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't even go for the parking spot."
Free Speech in this country was born at a place called Lexington and Concord. The rights enshrined in the First Amendment were won by force of arms, including those first Marines.
So, until both these resolutions are withdrawn and the City Council of Berkeley issues an apology to the USMC, I will not be spending a freaking dime in that city. That includes companies based in the den of weasels.
Let Bezekely know how you feel about this:
Contact information for the Berkeley City Council
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: (510) 981-6900, TDD: (510) 981-6903
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., E-mail: email@example.com
Mayor - Tom Bates
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-7100
FAX: (510) 981-7199
TDD: (510) 981-6903
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You might also contact your national representatives and suggest that if Berkeley hates the federal government so much, they can do without federal money.
To be clear, I support Code Pink's right to be idiots in public. What is appalling is a city government attacking a branch of the military.
More on this over at Michelle Malkin's site and at Gateway Pundit.
Update: How others view the US Marine Corps:
"Some people live their entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. Marines don't have that problem." -- United States President Ronald Reagan, January 1995
"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank GOD for the United States Marine Corps." Eleanor Roosevelt, 1945
"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he were a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They'll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockest sons of bitches I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and, generally speaking, the United States Marines I've come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet." -- An Anonymous Canadian Citizen
"I think it's nothing more than the way the Marines do business. They approach everything from the way they do business in Washington to how they approach a peacetime program objective like it's a combat operation, and it's one of the reasons they are so darned successful." -- U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine
Also, take note of of the last photo in Zombietime's collection of the Code Pink Moonbats "protest." As soon as they punch the clock and leave, a Marine smartly polices the area.