Update: This article was picked up by a local newspaper in Berkeley. If you have an opinion, express it there. Maybe something will get through to them. This is the link to the article at the LocalSpur.
Update: To watch my debate on Russia Today Television against Medea Benjamin of CodePink on the Pfc. Bradley Manning/Wikileaks/Berkeley controversy, click on this link.
Note to Berkeley aka Berzerkeley aka The People's Republic of Berkeley aka Athens of the West - America, love it or leave it
Today, on the 30th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, how apropos that the City Council of Berkeley, California announced it will soon be voting on a resolution that would elevate the status of Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected of leaking confidential information to Julian Assange and Wikileaks, to that of hero. In addition, it would also call for his release from the brig at Quantico.
This would be the Berkeley version of an eventual trial for treason and a likely demotion to traitor.
Said Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner Bob Meola (you read that right), "If he did what he's accused of doing, he's a patriot and should get a medal. I think the war criminals should be the ones prosecuted, not the whistle-blowers."
Now most are aware that Californian's possess a somewhat different political point of view than that which exists in most other parts of the country, with some exceptions of course.
Berkeley however, even by left coast standards, has gone too far. Way too far! So far that perhaps the city and its leaders would feel more comfortable in some other country.
Berkeley is the same city that in 2008 voted to have the Marine recruiting station removed. If the Marines chose to stay they would have been uninvited and unwelcome guests with Code Pink given an official parking spot in front of the door.
When is enough enough. If Berkeley, and other city's like Berkeley, hate America so much and feel that self defense is by itself a crime, perhaps it is time to pull all federal funding and let them try and produce the money that they need on a commune.