The City of Berkeley went too far this time. A bastion of leftist thought, tolerance and “free” thinking, the Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 to declare their local Marine recruiters “uninvited and unwelcome intruders” in their city. The resolution read:
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Berkeley encourage all people to avoid cooperation with the Marine Corps recruiting station, and applaud residents and organizations such as Code Pink, that may volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by nonviolent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley”
By an 8-1 margin, the Council voted to designate a parking spot for Code Pink protestors directly in front of the Marine recruitment office. What exactly does Code Pink do in front of the office? Code Pink regularly defaces the office, writes on the sidewalks and posts signs on the windows saying “Recruiters Lie Children Die”. This week, three protestors chained themselves to the door of the office, blocking the entrance for over 7 hours before police finally broke the chains and arrested them. Hmmm, I wonder how fast someone would be arrested for blocking the entrance to Berkeley City Hall? Watch video here
Code Pink is circulating petitions calling for a Berkeley ballot measure to make it more difficult to open and operate recruiting stations. The measure would be modeled after anti-pornography laws. To Code Pink the United States Military = Pornography.
Code Pink believes they don’t need to military
Many on the left take our freedom and our security for granted. For over 220 years Marines have fought, bled and died for our country. We owe our freedom to the sacrifices of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, and Coast Guard.
Code Pink did not earn their freedom. They enjoy their freedom solely due to the sacrifices of others. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, said in October 2007, “I actually think it’s people like myself who have been fighting for our rights to free speech and I would like to defend my own right to free speech and not have soldiers doing it for me. I don’t think I need soldiers.”
I’m sure radical Muslim jihadists all over the world would cower in fear of the thought of having to face Medea Benjamin in order to defeat America.
Mayor Tom “Don’t Call my Psycho” Bates wants the Marines to leave
Berkeley Mayor Bates said “I believe in the Code Pink cause. The Marines don't belong here, they shouldn't have come here, and they should leave.” Mayor Bates and the Council also wants to investigate whether the Marines are in violation of their local anti-discrimination law due to the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Bates has offered to help the Marines leave by negotiating an end to their lease with the owner of the building.
The city of Berkeley should lose federal funding
Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) is drafting legislation that would rescind earmarks intended for the City of Berkeley in a recent appropriations bill, $2.1 million dollars. DeMint wants any money taken back to be transferred to the Marines.
The potential loss of $2.1 million in federal funding does not compare to the price Marines have paid to protect our freedom. The Berkeley City Council has no grasp of the real price of freedom. They would like to pick and choose what federal government offices are welcome in their city.
I have other suggestions on dealing with Berkeley, including but not limited to:
- Removing every federal office from Berkeley. The citizens of Berkeley could travel to San Francisco or other surrounding communities for federal services.
- Auditing the federal tax returns of every Berkeley public official…every year.
- Moving “Fleet Week” to another part of the country
- Allowing the 1st Marine Division from Camp Pendleton to use the city of Berkeley as training ground for urban warfare.
- Parking a tank in the designated Code Pink parking space to serve as an education tool showing the community how our freedom is protected.
They have defended us, now let’s defend the Marines
The city of Berkeley has the right to state the Marines are unwelcome and grant Code Pink a parking spot outside their office. We, as Americans, have the right to contact our U.S. Senators and Representatives to tell them to support Senator DeMint’s legislation.
You can contact your U.S. Representative here: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
You can contact your U.S. Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Michelle Malkin has a petition supporting the Marines here:
You are welcome to email the mayor of Berkeley here: email@example.com
Or you can call the mayor here: (510) 981-7100
You can contact the Bay Area chapter of Code Pink here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can call Code Pink here: (415) 575-5555
I’ve already written my Senators – Dick Durbin and Barack Obama. How do you think they will side on this issue?