August 21, 2005
U.S. out of San Francisco!
In a brazen display of Michael Moore style triumphalism (and a slap in the face of all World War II veterans), the San Francisco City Council has refused to allow the historic U.S.S. Iowa a home in San Francisco's maritime museum:
The USS Iowa joined in battles from World War II to Korea to the Persian Gulf. It carried President Franklin Roosevelt home from the Teheran conference of allied leaders, and four decades later, suffered one of the nationís most deadly military accidents.There's nothing surprising about it. What is surprising to me is to see San Francisco continue to allow the presence of an attack submarine guilty of racist war crimes against the valiant forces which opposed white supremacy and imperialism. (Amazon link here.)
MORE: Ross Mirkarimi, the supervisor quoted above, is a gun-toting gun-grabber (yes, there are such things) who takes his lessons in Constitutional Law from Michael Moore films:
ďSupervisor-elect Ross Mirkarimi, who himself owns two handguns because of his job as an investigator in the district attorney's office, said he supported the ordinance.
MORE: Considering the title of this post, it occurred to me that the polite thing to do would be to at least provide a link to San Francisco's secessionist movement.
UPDATE (08/23/05): August 20, 2005 seems destined go be a date which will live in political infamy, as many Republicans are on record as agreeing with Dianne Feinstein. Writing for GOP Bloggers, Jason Smith (in a piece called "Mark this date: I Agree With Diane Feinstein!") supplies this list of how San Francisco supervisors voted:
Tell them what you think:
DID NOT SUPPORT the Permanent Berthing of the U.S.S. Iowa as a Museum at the Port of San Francisco:
MORE: Eugene Volokh correctly describes the supervisors' action as appalling:
Just appalling. This ship helped protect America and the Free World from the Japanese and the Nazis. It helped protect the South Koreans from being overrun by the North. Yet somehow that's all outweighed in the Supervisors' minds by the Iraq war and of the military's policy on homosexuality. What a shocking lack of perspective and lack of respect for the institution that has helped (and continues to help) to protect San Franciscans -- and, I should mention, gay and lesbian San Franciscans, who would have suffered far worse than exclusion from the military in the hands of our WWII-era enemies, or of our modern enemies -- alongside all other Americans. (For more on a similar lack of perspective on the part of law schools that refuse to let the military interview on campus, see here.)It's political correctness carried to a monstrous extreme. What I find most appalling is that these attitudes now typify smug San Francisco, and are considered trendy. The facial expressions of the attendees at this exhibition of "vintage" Black Panther art -- reviewed by S.F. Supervisor Mirkarimi -- in my view typify the trendy smugness.
Maybe I'm wrong; should I have said "smug trendiness"?
posted by Eric on 08.21.05 at 10:07 AM
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