Saturday, February 09, 2008

Semper Whine

The City of Berkeley, California, has, fittingly enough, become a stage on which the untenability of liberal entitlement plays out.

Last month, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution demanding that the U.S. Marine Corps shut down its recruiting center in the city. If the Marines remain, the city says, they do so as "unwelcome intruders".

In response, several conservative U.S. Senators earlier this week introduced the Semper Fi Act of 2008, which would rescind more than $2 million in hidden earmarks for the city contained in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill and transfer the funds to the U.S. Marine Corps.

When conservative bloggers extolled the commonsense bill, liberal commenters went berserk, revealing all the ill-considered entitled assumptions that undergird their irrational policies. One commenter called Scott's Morning Brew's support for the bill "treasonous". Over at The Write Side of My Brain, a commenter insists, "The US becomes more like the countries they invade every day." Falling back on "free speech", the commenter shows no understanding that freedom doesn't encompass "being given plundered money". And a commenter on both sites complains that the measure would cut off federal funding for the University of California at Berkeley; he calls this cut-off punishment, showing no more understanding than Mike Huckabee that punishment doesn't mean "not being given plundered money".

These commenters simply assume that federal money is an entitlement, and that taking it away constitutes some sort of violation.

It doesn't. The City of Berkeley is not entitled to federal tax dollars. The U.S. Marine Corps, on the other hand, actually does deserve taxpayer support. That's because the Marine Corps, and the other armed services, defend the nation. That's one of the (few) proper functions of the federal government. Passing out taxpayers' money to whiners who haven't earned it is a perversion of the government's duty to enforce justice.

The fight over the Berkeley resolution shows just how deeply this perversion has pervaded liberals' thinking: Everyone is entitled to the fruits of others' labor: except those who are actually protecting the country.


Yankee Philip said...

It is pervasive Marxist thinking that has undermined freedom and liberty in this country. If it was an individual who took from an actual worker and gave it to the recipients, we would throw them in jail.

Anonymous said...

The Marines are serving in Iraq. That's not "actually protecting the country." That's fluffing the national ego after 9/11. Unless you mean protecting the country from low self-esteem, there is a difference.

nFriedly said...

I couldn't agree with you more Leslie.

[slightly related]
I'm guessing this demonstrates part of it, but what do you mean when you say "Constitutionalist Christian" on your twitter profile?

Anonymous said...

Leslie, while I don't have a stance on the resolution (why would I want to meddle in left-wing liberal town politics, being from a mid-coast eastern city?), it doesn't behoove your readers or your argument to tell bald-faced lies.

Berkeley City Council did not pass a resolution "demanding that the U.S. Marine Corps shut down its recruiting center" They issued a pointless resolution saying that they felt the Marines were not welcome. Since when has "not being welcome" ever bothered Jarheads and Leathernecks?

here is a link to the actual resolution, maybe you need to read it?

I hope you have the integrity to publish my comment. I also hope we can stop focusing so much time on this idiocy, along with the steroid scandal, and get the MSM to spend more time examining poverty, hunger, and infrastructure issues facing our country.


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