Demonstrating an ongoing capacity to dismay, if not surprise, the elected representatives of the City of Berkeley have put their heads together for yet another of their quotidian displays of assininity:
Hey-hey, ho-ho, the Marines in Berkeley have got to go.
That’s the message from the Berkeley City Council, which voted 6-3 Tuesday night to tell the U.S. Marines that its Shattuck Avenue recruiting station “is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”
The Marines have been in Berkeley for a little more than a year, having moved from Alameda in December of 2006. For about the past four months, Code Pink has been protesting in front of the station.
“I believe in the Code Pink cause. The Marines don’t belong here, they shouldn’t have come here, and they should leave,” said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates after votes were cast.
Back at HQMC, the Commandant’s staff briefly held a watercooler discussion on whether it was the Berkeley City Council that is staying in America as uninvited and unwelcome intruders before swiftly moving on to paid work.
And speaking of paid work, it isn’t fair to smear the entire citizenry of a city with the dubious doings of their soft-headed elected representatives, so I won’t. I will point out – once again – that we in the military are paid to defend the rights of these kinds of folks to free speech, free association and representative democracy, among other rights and privileges, enumerated and otherwise.
Everyone else we do for free.
But I will also note that this sort of language makes it difficult to understand the City Council’s point of view: Is the military is made up of under-privileged economic refugees who didn’t study hard at Pasadena City College and therefore got stuck in Irak? Or is it instead made up entirely of Myrmidon killbots trembling with bloodlust on the Dear Leader’s leash?