October 01, 2007
Supporting the troops, Bay Area style? (Or Democratic style?)
In Oakland, California (antiwar leftist Mayor Ron Dellums' town), 204 Marines were prevented from being allowed into passenger terminal:
In short: "On September 27th 204 Marines and soldiers who were returning from Iraq were not allowed into the passenger terminal at Oakland International Airport.Instead they had to deplane about 400 yards away from the terminal where the extra baggage trailers were located. This was the last scheduled stop for fuel and food prior to flying to Hawaii where both were based. The trip started in Kuwait on September 26th with a rigorous search of checked and carry on baggage by US Customs. All baggage was x-rayed with a 'backscatter' machine AND each bag was completely emptied and hand searched. After being searched, checked bags were marked and immediately placed in a secure container. Carry on bags were then x rayed again to ensure no contraband items were taken on the plane. While waiting for the bus to the airport, all personnel were in quarantined in a fenced area and were not allowed to leave." Nevertheless, Oakland forbade them from entering its terminal. According to the Marine, a Lieutenant who served in Afghanistan with the same unit in 2006 noted that Oakland had treated troops the same way before. He "was almost arrested by the TSA for getting belligerent about them not letting the Marines into the terminal," despite more rigorous screening prior to landing in Oakland. Both JFK airport and in Germany had no problem with the Marines entering their terminals.Via Glenn Reynolds.
And in San Francisco refused to allow the filming of a recruitment commercial:
The city's treatment of the Marines is making many people angry, from local conservatives like Christine Hughes with the San Francisco Republican Party who told us, "it's an embarrassment. I'm a fourth generation San Franciscan and I don't even recognize my city right now."The people who run these cities believe in things like "Peace Studies." And "conflict resolution."
If they had their way, there would be no military, no Department of Defense, and self defense would be forbidden.
No wonder so people vote Republican -- even if (like me) they don't like the Republican Party. They're not really voting for the Republicans so much as they're voting against the left.
No matter how much Hillary talks the talk, her party continues to walk the walk.
It's easy to say that San Francisco and Oakland governments are aberrations. The trouble is, they are by no means aberrational within the Democratic Party.
(And they're far too numerous to be considered a "Microtrend." Hillary might want to cobble together the latter, but the Democratic base is built on the former.)
posted by Eric on 10.01.07 at 10:30 AM
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