What the Hell is Going On Here?
Have you noticed what's going on in America today?
Or, like most of us, did you think the incidents of violent protests at military recruiting centers were only happening in Berkeley, California, and recently at Times Square?
Well, we feel compelled to alert you to the fact that these increasingly violent events are taking place all over America. They're not isolated at all. And we think it's time for Americans to take notice, and to stand up for our brave men and women in the military, who cannot speak up in their own defense.
Melanie Morgan, chairman of the pro-troop organization Move America Forward, asks the question that forms our headline in her recent article in WorldNetDaily. She says:
St. Louis, Mo.
The list is endless.
Red state, blue state, it doesn't matter anymore.
What the hell is going on?
Attacks on military recruiting centers are taking place all across the United States, and many of our leaders in law enforcement and government don't realize the size and scope of this violent and hateful campaign against our troops here at home. This isn't just an isolated incident in Berkeley, Calif., where everybody knows that there is a fierce anti-war sentiment.
You probably also know about the bombing of the Times Square military recruiting center.
But do you know how frighteningly frequent and increasingly violent the attacks against recruiting centers have become?
- Eight gunshots were fired at the recruiting office in Denver, Colo.
- A bomb was planted at the recruiting center in St. Louis.
- Human blood was splattered across a recruiting office in Ithaca, N.Y.
- Manure or feces were smeared on the offices of Toledo, Ohio, and Milwaukee, Wis.
- Recruiters cars have been firebombed in Alabama and Maryland.
If a recruiting center in your neighborhood hasn't been targeted yet, give it time; the "peace" crowd, led by groups such as "Funk the War," "War is S***," and "The World Can't Wait," will likely bring their campaign of violence against our troops to your hometown pretty quickly.
[Wait a minute - a "peace" group, waging a campaign of violence? Isn't that an oxymoron, sort of like a "Holy" war?]
Today – Friday, March 14 – I am taking the wraps off an exhaustive investigative report by Move America Forward that chronicles the attacks against recruiting centers; the report is disgusting and appalling.
As part of the news conference, we will also be debuting a new national television ad campaign that calls attention to this problem and asks each and every one of you to take a side – in support of our troops and against those who are actively fighting against them here on U.S. soil.
You must take a moment and see the report and TV ad at the Move America Forward website.
[Th]ere's an image from the gripping new ad campaign, showing anti-war activists in Portland, Ore., burning a U.S. soldier in effigy and then putting Old Glory into the flames as well. They dance around in delight, like jackals ripping at their prey.
You can't imagine how much contempt I hold for those who dishonor and attack our troops. [We couldn't have said it better ourselves!] I've dedicated most of my efforts as a conservative activist toward using my voice to speak for the military, who can legally do so only in the most narrowly proscribed circumstances.
Meeting thousands of our troops serving overseas on the frontlines of the war on terror has tattooed a flag on my heart and soul. These men and women are not just America's finest; they are God's finest.
Many of these troops signed up for duty after the bombing of the Trade Towers of New York, recognizing at a visceral level that they must serve, because who else will? Our volunteer Army [and the rest of our military] embraces the notions of duty, honor, service, dignity. I know these words sound trite, but I hear them over and over again – though usually with a few profanities attached toward the Islamic fundamentalists who want to murder them, their families and their countrymen.
I have been accused of thinking in black and white terms when it comes to the war on fanatics. I make no apology for that. There is no gray area when it comes to supporting our troops – either you do or you don't. [Amen!]
One of the more interesting, and depressing, things I've encountered in my discussions with various individuals and organizations in Washington, D.C., is that there is almost no awareness at all of this epidemic by most of our political leaders or law enforcement. The FBI, Homeland Security and the U.S. attorney's in every state can start by using every one of the leads posted in our report – where individuals brag about their efforts and call on others to join in the fight against our troops. [And we encourage you to insist that they use their authority to prosecute these acts to the fullest extent of the law.]
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[H]ere's a warning to all of us from POG, an anarchist group in Pittsburgh, Pa.
"On Wednesday, March 19, POG will be holding a torch-lit march [sounds like a perfect prelude to torching cars and other property] to a modern-day castle of abominations – our local military recruiting station. If the station remains open, we intend to evict it and everything inside of it, occupy the location, and transform it into something useful for the community. We'll also be bringing a movable cage in which to confine military recruiters until they no longer pose a danger to our friends and neighbors." [Are you kidding?! Unfortunately, these folks are deadly serious! And they somehow think they have a "right" to do this to other Americans.]
In our challenged educational times, can anyone define the word "sedition"? Here's how the online dictionaries define it:
1. Incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
2. Any action, esp. in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion.
3. Archaic. Rebellious disorder.
We are watching. We are waiting. As the leftists say, ACT NOW."
We couldn't agree with you more, Melanie! And we want to thank you for speaking up on behalf of our service men and women. We appreciate the leadership shown by Move America Forward in this traitorous turn of events.
We urge Americans to write their Senators, Congressional Representatives, Governors, and state lawmakers to rescind any and all state and federal funding to cities that fail to enforce our laws for the benefit of all citizens, not just a favored few. We also urge you to insist that they use their authority to ensure that all breaches of the peace and violations of any law with respect to the protection of persons and property by these anti-war protesters be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As a tax-paying, voting citizen, you have the right to demand that your elected officials use your tax dollars to enforce the law, and refuse to permit such attacks against our service members.
In addition to the crimes being committed against people and property, interference with the recruitment process in itself is a federal offense. Send letters to the US Attorney for your jurisdiction and insist that it be vigorously prosecuted.
Consider the language of Title 18, US Code, Section 2388:
"Sec. 2388. Activities affecting armed forces during war
(a) Whoever, when the United States is at war, . . . willfully causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or willfully obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, to the injury of the service or the United States, or attempts to do so -
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
(b) If two or more persons conspire to violate subsection (a) ofthis section and one or more such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be punished as provided in said subsection (a). [That oughta just about cover all of Code Pink and the City of Berkeley!]
(c) Whoever harbors or conceals any person who he knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe or suspect, has committed, or is about to commit, an offense under this section, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both."
There are some who will argue this section does not apply because the United States Congress has not passed an official Declaration of War. However, Congress did approve military intervention in Iraq, the Administration and the American public consistently refer to the "War in Iraq" and the "Global War on Terror," and these groups are protesting in order to "end the war." So, if we're not "at war," what are they protesting?
The actions of the anti-war groups clearly provide aid and comfort to the enemy, in the sense that they undermine support for the military among the American public, and give our enemies reason to continue fighting. The Islamic extremists see this dissent, and you'd better believe they see it (a recent Canadian report indicated that the insurgents in Iraq get as much as 80% of their intelligence from internet sources!) as reason to continue fighting. They see it as a weakening of the will of the American people, and as an indication that they can win if they can just keep fighting until the "peaceniks" win out in the US.
Remember bin Laden's threat that the next attack on the US would come from inside America's borders?
To the extremists, both the Islamic extremists who wish us dead, and the leftist extremists in the United States who are ignorantly undermining our fight to preserve our way of life, we repeat the words of President George W. Bush in the days following the attacks of September 11:
"We will not waiver; We will not tire;
We will not falter and We will not fail."
For those Bush-haters out there, we include the words of President John F. Kennedy:
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
To those misguided anti-war souls who don't seem to understand that freedom is never free, the words of President Ronald Reagan, who reminded us that we sustain Peace through Strength:
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
Don't let yours be the generation that extinguishes freedom for all Americans, and with it, freedom for the rest of the world.
If you wish to continue to have the freedoms you so loudly demand to exercise, you'd better stand behind our troops. Without them and their dedication to duty, honor, and Country, you will have no rights to exercise.
If you are naive enough to think that the Constitution gives you those rights without the military to protect them, try mailing a copy of that document to Iraq or Afghanistan, and see if the words on a piece of paper give those rights to the people there. You have those rights only because the men and women of America's armed forces are willing to fight to defend them.
To sum it up, a reminder from the popular bumper sticker:"If you don't stand behind our troops,
please feel free to stand in front of them."
Sound off! What are your thoughts about American troops being attacked on American soil?
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The City Council in Berkeley, CA, takes an anti-military stance. This page includes:
- Video News Report with the background of the story
- Michelle Malkin's Feb. 6 article titled, "Berkeley vs. America, Again"
- San Diego businessman Brian Dennard's boycott letter.
- Memo from the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission to the City Council recommending the anti-military action.
- Contact information for Berkeley City Officials
Grannys Gone Bad.
Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Weak-Kneed Response to businessman Brian Dennard's letter.
Berkeley Chamber of Commerce misses the mark in its response to Brian Dennard.
Support the Anti-Berkeley Campaign.
Leave Berkeley to Defend Themselves.
Letter to Code Pink from the Berkeley Marine Recruiting Officer.
Add your comments about Berkeley's anti-military-stance.