As long as we've put the Marines front and center, I wanted to share this "heartwarming" story. Though it's not really that surprising, it still continues to confound my understanding that the City Council in Berkeley, CA recently voted 8-1 to tell the Marine Corps that their downtown recruiting station is no longer welcome.
Faced with the opposition, the Marines did nothing new. They stood their ground. FOX News reported, "...a senior Marine official tells FOX News that the Marine office in Berkeley isn't going anywhere."
They don't stand alone. U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. is advocating that Berkeley no longer receive federal money. As he put it,
This is a slap in the face to all brave service men and women and their families. The First Amendment gives the City of Berkeley the right to be idiotic, but from now on they should do it with their own money...If the city can’t show respect for the Marines that have fought, bled and died for their freedom, Berkeley should not be receiving special taxpayer-funded handouts.
People have also responded to this outrage from all across the country. In fact, Michelle Malkin provides a more indepth commentary on "Berkeley v. America", as well as, the latest pictures and videos on what has become the siege at Berkeley.
For those of us in the heartland, it is hard to imagine that such people live in this country. To such subversives, I want to ask, "Why stay? Why not move if you don't like this country?" However, that is what makes this country to unique, that there is room for everyone--even those who would undermine the very foundation which provides them the freedom to protest against America. But as I shared with Stephen in my most recent letter, the Marines don't pick and choose whom they protect. The protect all of us without distinction or discrimination, even those who would have them eliminated. Theirs is a noble cause indeed.
UPDATE: Here's some additional video of the situation.
UPDATE: According to the latest reports at FOX News, the Berkeley City Council has decided to revisit the issue after massive protests against their original resolution.
UPDATE: Here's the latest from Michelle Malkin.