Berkeley Steps Over the Line

So I just heard that, if I’m hearing correctly, the City of Berkeley is trying to amend zoning laws to require military recruiters to obtain a permit and attend a public hearing if they wish to “locate within 600 feet of a residential neighborhood, hospital, school or park.”

Apparently Berkeley is worried about the national problem of pedophiles enlisting in the military and becoming recruiters.

Several protesters met just outside a Marine recruiting station, which I thought was really cool. In one fell swoop, the protesters get to conduct their protest and make known their desire to kick the Marines out of town, while at the same time thank the Marine Corps for fighting and dying to preserve their right to protest. It really touched my heart.

This has caused quite a stir, and I felt like I had to put in my two cents.

Berkeley's Naked GuyOkay Berkeley, we let you get away with “naked guy” once. But don’t think for a second we’ll allow it again! Look, nobody wants to see naked men running around town. The Marines must stay in order to prevent any other men from becoming foolhardy enough to take their clothes off in public again!


3 thoughts on “Berkeley Steps Over the Line

  1. Wendy

    From what I’m reading, I’m unclear what these protesters want. Personally, I don’t support the war but I fully and whole-heartedly support our military in whatever they do, wherever they do it. Anything the military has to do is acceptable to me, no matter what it is. I think that people who think otherwise are living in a dream world. So is that the deal with these protesters? Are they living some fantasy where they think they can end the war by preventing the Marines from recruiting people? I must not be reading either of the articles you linked to correctly, because if that was their objective it’s too insane. What do they really want?

  2. Stu

    I can’t say with any honesty that I’ve ever understood Berkeley very well… except to say that they make me laugh every now and then.

    Now, I’ll be the first to admit, some people in the military aren’t exactly open minded, but I’d dare say that a good majority of them are committed to preserving the rights of Americans — including their own :)

    I don’t think these protesters realize that if they got what they wanted (which appears to be the dismantling of the military based on some comments I’ve read from Code Pink members) then their goal of putting an end to war would be far from coming to fruition. In fact, it would cause a war (or lack thereof since we would have no military to fight back) on our homeland.

    I imagine the French would invade us and finally, at long last, be able to claim a significant military victory. Dude… I’ve tried speaking French. I suck at it.

    Perhaps Mexico would come in and chase the French off… I’m a lot better at speaking Spanish. Then the only issue becomes, if the U.S. is part of Mexico, what country would I start trying to sneak into? Canada is way too cold!

    And thank you Wendy for your support of the military. I don’t think a lot of people realize that every member of the military is sworn to obey, no matter the order or personal political stance. They (well, most anyway) do it because they love their country, not because they love war/oil/right-wing fanaticism/killing foreigners. Nobody hates war more than those who are called upon to fight them.

    And, as a bit of an amateur history buff, I am quick to realize that we would be nothing without our military.

  3. Wendy

    This made me laugh out loud: “…what country would I start trying to sneak into?”

    I agree, we’d be nothing without our military. I think those who think we can end war, any war, by eliminating it are dreaming.


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