War Protesters

March 24, 2008 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

For the longest time, I’ve refrained from posting anything political on my blogs, aside from my rant on the Westboro Baptist Church. Now I guess I just can’t help it.

Earlier this evening, I was eating dinner and watching the news. A story came up regarding this group of war protesters who got in trouble because they protested at an Easter mass at the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. There was this question of whether or not the protesters should face jail time for what they did. While I can’t say they should or shouldn’t, since I don’t know all the details regarding their felony charges or potential misdemeanor charges, I can say that I am 100% for them getting some sort of punishment. But you might say, “Hey, you’re allowed to protest; it’s a right given to us by the Constitution.” Yes, you’d be correct.

Here’s my feelings on war protesters, as I have come to experience them, considering I live near, and go to school in, the most liberal city in the country. The saying goes, “You’re rights end where my rights begin.” I totally agree with that. See, the kids that were protesting in Chicago chose a church, which is a place of worship. I am a believer in a separation of Church and State, and I dissaprove of a church being used for political purposes during services. These bunch of kids start interrupting the Easter Mass, squirt fake blood all over themselves (as well getting some of the church goers) and make a whole bunch of fuss. Then they start complaining when they are escorted out of the building and the police are called.

I don’t go to church to hear someone spew political ideology at me, regardless of whether it’s coming from a priest or a member of the congregation or an outsider that barges in. I know, the Catholic Church does have its hand in politics, such as the pro-life movement and being against war in general, but the priests and the laypeople that run the churches I’ve attended are smart enough to not make a political statement during mass. I consider myself pro-life, but I would be extremely agitated if the priest used an entire sermon to go on and on about how abortion is evil, should be abolished, etc. That’s not why I go to church (almost) every Sunday.

And while I’m on the subject of war protesters, I guess I’ll bring up the recent events that happened in Berkeley. Speaking specifically about Code Pink and the other protesters that were there and not about war protesters in general, I just want to say, “FUCK YOU, ASSHOLES.” The Associated Press ran a story (which I can’t seem to find) about the protests and they had a quote from one of the protesters. It basically said something to the effect of “We aren’t protesting the Marines, we are just against what they were recruited to do.” Call me a fucking idealist, but I was under the assumption that the Marines, along with every other branch of our military, were recruited to defend our freedoms. I know, that’s a pretty broad thing to say, defending our freedoms. But it’s true. They’ve been doing it since before a bunch of guys in Philly signed a piece of paper called the Declaration of Independence.

Anyway, when the protests in Berkeley were in full swing, every single local news station in the Bay Area was reporting on them. I remember one interview with a shop owner that has a business in the same area as the Marine recruiting office. He basically wasn’t happy about the protests (and eventual counter-protests), not because of political reasons, but because the protests were held practically in front of his store and disrupted his business. I completely agree with him.

You have the right to protest. If you feel strongly about anything, like the war in Iraq, go ahead and say something. You are given a right (paid for by our men and women in uniform), as a citizen of this country, to speak out against anything that you consider wrong or unjust. I just ask that you be knowledgeable about it and don’t just take your cues from some pundit on CNN or Fox or any other news outlet; that you do it in a peaceful and respectul manner that does not in any way disrupt anyone else (that includes blocking the fucking street and disrupting the traffic in San Francisco, assholes. It’s called a sidewalk, use it. This goes for those PETA assholes that march around Norfolk, sometimes blocking traffic because the fucking circus is in town); and that you are prepared to deal with any consequences, good or bad. Don’t talk shit like you know something and then act all hurt because someone gets upset with you.

Anyway, about Code Pink, the other Berkeley protesters, and the rest of the Berkeley City Council that wrote the letter to the Marines. I find it to be very disgraceful. I think the phrase “military predators” was used, and shit like that just infuriates me. Also, on the link above, the picture on the website features some protester with a sign that reads: Join the Marines. Travel to exotic lands. Meet exciting and unusual people AND KILL THEM. To me, that’s just as bad as those crazy people from the Westboro Baptist Church praying for IEDs to blow up our soldiers. People that say shit like this, I believe, don’t deserve to be protected by our military. You have a right to say it, but considering the language that the protesters used, and the choice of words in the letter written by the Berkeley City Council to the Marine recruiting office, I don’t believe there’s any way to defend that kind of ideology.

This also says something about the Marines, as well. Even though these people are verbally spitting on them, they will, at a moment’s notice, defend the protesters and their right to free speech, even though that same right is used to make libelous and slanderous comments about the Corps itself. The Marines are “Always Faithful”, which is always true.

I am glad that the Marines refused to pack up. I am proud of what they do (which, contrary to what some have said, isn’t killing people) and what they and the rest of the U.S. military stand for. My being here and attaining citizenship is a product of the military and I’m thankful each day. I have friends and relatives that have served, and are serving, in the military (including one of my cousins that I live with, who is a Marine) and language used by the protesters in Berkeley and the city council offends me on a personal level.

Semper Fi, you hippie motherfuckers.

(images from CNN.com, ChicagoTribune.com, myownside.com)

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