Society for years has endured the freakish antics of Berkeley dwellers. Naked people streaking in the streets; smelly hippies begging for money as they sing drunken renditions of ’60s anti-war songs; adults sitting in trees like a bad zoo exhibit.
But the Berkeley City Council and instigators from the extreme left have crossed the line this time. The council Tuesday night passed two anti-military, anti-American resolutions and agreed to send a letter to the city’s only Marine recruiting office saying the military are “uninvited intruders.”
This is treasonous, hateful behavior that steals the First Amendment rights of the Marines, the very group that protects our constitutional rights. What galls me most is that Berkeley is the birthplace of the modern free-speech movement and now it is has drawn battle lines in the war against the First Amendment.
The first resolution says that the Marine Corps recruiting station “is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”
The socialist council also gave the anti-American Code Pink a designated parking space in front of the recruiting station once a week for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week from noon to 4 p.m. The goal is clear – to harass the Marines until they are forced out of Berkeley.
Nice misappropriation of public funds.
Business people are sick of the Code Stinkos, who make noise, disrupt business with their aggressiveness and “yoga moves,” and generally pollute the area.
“My husband’s business is right upstairs, and this (protesting) is bordering on harassment,” Dori Schmidt told the council. “I hope this stops.”
The only councilman who showed restraint and a scent of common sense was Gordon Wozniak. He opposed giving Code Pink a parking space because it favors free speech rights of one group over another.
“There’s a line between protesting and harassing, and that concerns me,” Wozniak said. “It looks like we are showing favoritism. We have to respect the other side and not abuse their rights. This is not good policy.”
I have dealt with these beasts up close and they are one scary bunch to confront in person. The pro-troop organization I lead, Move America Forward, went to Berkeley in October with more than 400 patriotic Americans to support our Marines, who opened their recruiting center in Berkeley about a year ago. We waved our American flags, sang “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner,” spoke out in support of our troops, and showed love and respect for our military while a paltry gathering of Code Pinko’s burned flags and yelled anti-American epithets.
Code Pink was so embarrassed that patriotic Americans outnumbered them in their own backyard that they wanted a rematch. A representative from Code Pink e-mailed and asked if I would debate Medea Benjamin, a socialist who loves Cuba’s dictator, Fidel Castro. She is also responsible for sending more than $600,000 to terrorists’ families in Iraq.
I said I would be happy to take on Benjamin, but only after we agreed to certain details that would protect against an ambush from the left – such as having a fair moderator, a proper venue and inclusion of a representatives from the Marines. Code Pink reneged on this agreement and proceeded to go out and lie about my involvement. Even after I explicitly told them I would not debate Benjamin based on their failures to live up to our agreement, Code Pink continued to tell the media and the public that there would be a debate on this issue.
Code Pink demonstrated once again why they cannot be trusted by any fair and reasonable person interested in honest debate on the important issues facing our nation, especially when it relates to our military. All Code Pink was interested in was orchestrating a ploy to raise money for their treasonous activities.
To make matters worse, Code Pink has now kicked off a campaign for an initiative that would restrict recruiting centers in the same way cities contain pornography shops. Comparing our military to pornography peddlers is slanderous and outrageous. What is really obscene is the conduct of Code Pink and their allies.
Berkeley Councilman Max Anderson has pushed the idea of giving special favors to Code Pink, which has done so much to cripple America’s efforts to protect herself against radical Islamic jihadists. Yet Anderson had the nerve to say that our Marine’s are committing “barbarity.”
Anderson should take a look at Saddam’s torture and rape chambers if he wants to see real barbarity. His libel against our troops is unacceptable, and decent people across America should let him know that this degradation of our troops will not stand.
You can do your part by registering your outrage with the city of Berkeley, contacting officials via e-mail and phone.
Meanwhile, the feds should cut off federal funds to Berkeley faster than the warmed-over hippies can say “barbarity.”
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