"This is a slap in the face to all brave service men and women and their families," DeMint said in a prepared statement. "The First Amendment gives the City of Berkeley the right to be idiotic, but from now on they should do it with their own money."
"If the city can’t show respect for the Marines that have fought, bled and died for their freedom, Berkeley should not be receiving special taxpayer-funded handouts," he added.
To me this seems entirely appropriate. If the City of Berkeley cannot support the United States Marines, why are we American taxpayers forced to support the City of Berkeley with our money? And the same argument can be made for any other city or municipality that cannot support the United States Armed Forces. They are absolutely free to be idiotic, as Senator DeMint commented, but there is no right for them to receive our money.
Unfortunately, I do not think that the prospects for Senator DeMint's bill are strong, especially with the San Francisco Democrats like Nancy Pelosi running Congress. However, if enough of us put pressure on Congress, maybe there is some chance. I urge all my US readers to contact your Senator or Congressman and urge them to support this legislation of Senator DeMint's. Let's send a message to the People's Republic of Berkeley- you may be idiots, but speech does have consequences and idiocy can as well.