You can read here a story about the fact that Berkeley is trying to backpedal from its stupid, mean-spirited attack on the Marines, not for any principled reasons, but because some Republican Senators have said that, if Berkeley doesn’t take the Marines, it doesn’t get to enjoy the benefits of US taxpayer money. I can tell you that the article, taken as a whole, basically describes in detail the myriad attacks that Code Pink launched against the Marines, and the aid the City of Berkeley provided for Code Pink before embarking on its benighted direct attack against the Marines. The Marines, as you may recall, didn’t do anything in this kerfuffle. Their sole “crime” was simply being there. That’s why I was so impressed by the idiocy behind the closing quotation in the article:
Ann Cooper with the Berkeley Unified School District wants both sides to play nice.
“Senators sitting 3,000 miles away are trying to take food away from the children of Berkeley,” said Cooper. “Why? Because the Marines and the city aren’t playing nice — and that’s just not OK.”
Considering that the Marines have done nothing at all but exercise their Federal right to open a recruiting center in an American city, you rather have to wonder in what way Ms Cooper thinks they “aren’t playing nice” — and what she would have them do differently? And yes, that’s a purely rhetorical question, because for all that Ms Cooper is trying to sound even-handedly Solomonic, you know that, in her mind, the Marines can play nice only by ceasing to exist.
I won’t even touch the rhetorical stupidity of the starving children in Berkeley. In Oakland, maybe; but not in Berkeley. There is no indication that the Feds were going to affect food programs. They were going to withdraw funds for a transportation upgrade. After all, civic actions have consequences, but no matter the issue, the libs like to hide their politics behind “the children.”