San Francisco Shows What Much Of The Left Really Thinks Of The Military

Despite what they say at election time, much of the left is deeply hostile towards the military. They don’t like what soldiers do for a living, they don’t like that they tend to be conservative, and they’re not particularly happy that members of the military are held in such high esteem by most of the American public.

Although lefties who dislike the military usually hide their true feelings for political purposes, sometimes the truth slips out, like it has in San Francisco of late. San Francisco is one of the most liberal cities in the United States and therefore, naturally, there is no big political price to be paid for being anti-military.

So, if you want to see how the military would be treated if the left were as ascendent in this country as it is in San Francisco, then just look at this column by Cinnamon Stillwell called San Francisco Declares Itself a Military-Free Zone and you’ll get a pretty good idea of where the left really stands on the military:

“Everyone knows that San Francisco is a focal point for anti-war sentiment. Protests, civil disobedience and other acts designed to show opposition to the war in Iraq are standard fare in these parts. But now it seems that San Francisco anti-war activists have taken their opposition to the war in Iraq a step further.

Not content with simply protesting the war, they’ve trained their sights on all things military. In an apparent effort to rid the city of any semblance of its military history, various leftist groups, and even some city officials, are trying to erase the military’s presence altogether. In short, San Francisco has declared itself a military-free zone.

Following on the heels of their success in sometimes violently shutting down job fairs that include military recruiters on college campuses, the counterrecruitment movement is now looking to broaden its influence. Instead of merely protesting the existence of military recruiters on campuses, the movement wants to ban them altogether. Proposition I, a measure that will be on the ballot this November, seeks to do just that.

Put together by a group called College Not Combat, the initiative of the same name talks tough on the surface. But it doesn’t have any teeth. The nonbinding measure simply asks that individual schools and colleges consider banning military recruiters and denying recruiters access to their student directories, which would violate section 9258 of the No Child Left Behind Act. In the process, these schools could very well have to forgo federal funds. Given that such institutions are unlikely to want to get off the federal gravy train, it’s doubtful they will choose to take this action.

…(O)ne can always rely on the majority of San Francisco residents to support these symbolic measures, and so the College Not Combat initiative may succeed. If it does, San Francisco voters will have blindly exercised their anti-military prejudice with little thought for the motivations of those behind the measure in question.

…Continuing their crusade against the military, anti-war groups have asked San Francisco radio station KMEL-FM not to accept sponsorship from the Navy for its annual Summer Jam concert in Mountain View. Despite the fact that the Navy has sponsored the concert for at least 10 of its 19 years, these groups are demanding that it suddenly stop doing so now.

Their rationale is based on the ever-present canard that minorities are disproportionately recruited for the military. They claim that the station is “using hip-hop to promote the military to young people of color,” as if the mere presence of a Navy booth at the concert offering young people another choice in life is evidence of a sinister agenda.

…Probably the most blatant example of San Francisco’s anti-military bias was displayed last month by the city’s Board of Supervisors when they voted 3-8 against docking the WWII/Korean War-era USS Iowa as a floating museum at the Port of San Francisco. This was after the local Congressional delegation secured $3 million to move the Iowa from Rhode Island to San Francisco because a study had shown the ship would bring in 500,000 visitors a year.

But regardless of the benefits the Iowa could have brought to the city in increased tourism revenue, the supervisors, in typical knee-jerk fashion, wouldn’t allow it in San Francisco. Instead, the ship may go to Stockton, a port city whose officials are obviously much more sensible than their counterparts in San Francisco.

…San Francisco’s attitude toward the military is evident in other areas as well. A group that calls itself the Bay Area Peace Navy has been on a quest to rid the city of Fleet Week and the spectacular, albeit loud, air shows of the Blue Angels. So far they’ve been unsuccessful, but give it time.

The relatively paltry funding for San Francisco’s Veterans Day Parade and Memorial commemoration also speaks volumes about where the city’s priorities lie. When the Board of Supervisors renamed Army Street “Cesar Chavez Street” in 1995, it was yet another not-so-subtle jab at the military.”

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