I have had it with Berkeley, California, that anti-American bastion of disloyalty to the values and existence of the United States of America.
In February, 2008, the Berkeley City Council approved a measure calling for Marine recruiters to leave Berkeley, because they "are not welcome in our city." If recruiters chose to stay, they would do so as "uninvited and unwelcome intruders."
The Council also applauded any residents or organizations that "volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by non-violent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley." And a handful of folks did just that - some held up signs which said "No Military Predators in Our Town," or "Join the Marines. Travel to Exotic Lands. Meet Exciting and Unusual People - and Kill Them."
Closing down military recruiting stations actually disallows freedom - the freedom of choice of young men and women to volunteer for military service if they're so inclined - without having to go out of town to do it.
And now it comes to the point where I've had it, and I am calling for Berkeley, to secede from California and the United States and go form their own pathetic country:
The Berkeley City Council is entertaining a resolution to declare than an Army private accused of leaking some classified information to Wikileaks is....(brace yourselves)...a HERO. City "Peace and Justice" Commissioner Bob Meola, who authored the resolution told the San Francisco Chronicle that PFC Bradley Manning, 22, is a patriot who deserves (brace yourselves again) a MEDAL!
Manning is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of secret cables to Wikileaks. He compromised American interests across the globe, and put the very lives of Afghan allies at risk of torture and death by the Taliban and comprised America's relationships with its allies around the world.
My research into Manning suggested a kind of unhappy misfit with a huge ego about being smarter than his superiors. I don't believe for a moment that his motives were benevolent to any cause but his own self-aggrandizement. But that just my opinion.
Nonetheless, what he did is
From my perspective, Berkeley has a long history of anti-American sentiments and acts such as attempting to keep its own citizens from having access to volunteer for military service, providing a refuge for illegal immigrants, and ignoring the sovereignty of this nation. It has been a sanctuary for military who are AWOL, and a haven for potheads.
I believe in freedom of speech - not freedom to break laws which put Americans and others at risk for their lives. To call for a medal for a private who betrayed everything he committed to is beyond disgusting.
My contempt for the city of Berkeley knows no bounds. My feet won't touch their soil again. Besides, I'm certain that if I publicly made it known that I was planning a trip to Berkeley, they would be sure to put together a quick resolution to ban relatively short, sorta blonde, outspoken, conservative mothers of military sons.