So here is the report from Move America Forward — the grassroots conservative group which has spearheaded efforts to shame and boycott Berkeley for the city’s hostile stance toward its U.S. Marine Corps recruiting station — listing acts of civil disobedience, vandalism or violence at military recruiting stations across the nation in recent years.
Part A is a list of such events since 2003.
Part B is titled “Behind The Scenes: Anti-War Activists Exposed.” And that’s where I’m left underwhelmed.
MAF found several instances in which morons posted comments to the Internet approving of crimes such as the vandalism of a recruiting center in Spokane, Wash.; the arson of a center in San Jose; and the recent bombing of a center in New York City’s Times Square. What’s clearly missing, however, is any evidence of the vast left-wing conspiracy implied by MAF’s news releases earlier this week.
“Move America Forward has also documented discussions by anti-military activists coordinating attacks against military recruiting centers and suggesting ways to reduce the chance of facing criminal prosecution,” said the group’s Thursday news release. Instead, what we’ve got are a handful of nobodies gloating over actions they almost certainly had nothing to do with, spouting rhetoric on publicly accessible blogs — hardly an insurgency.
And the left doesn’t have a monopoly on spitting rhetoric on blogs.
Judge for yourself. Here are a few of the passages highlighted in MAF’s report:
Compare those to some of the comments left in the past week by MAF members and supporters in response to items on this very blog:
Those who commit civil disobedience, vandalism, arson or bombings should be prosecuted, but painting everyone with the words or actions of a demented few is idiocy. Sometimes cretins at either end of the political spectrum say too much, but that’s the freedom we enjoy here — deal with it, embrace it, revel in it.
All of this “debate” — really just empty rhetoric — from both sides during the height of the Berkeley recruiting flap is just a distraction. Substantive discussion about foreign policy has been eclipsed by silly semantics.
When I was out there covering the protests outside Berkeley City Hall on Feb. 12, I saw a few moments in which people on the two sides actually started talking to one another and listening to what each other had to say. That’s what we should be striving for, not the blustery crap documented in MAF’s report or contained in some of the comments on this blog.
That’s the only way we can move America forward.
UPDATE @ 12:53 P.M. FRIDAY: This just in from MAF chairwoman Melanie Morgan:
I’m writing to you from Ryan’s computer in D.C after holding our national news conference denouncing the tactics of CodePink, International ANSWER, Global Exchange and other Radical activist groups.
Unfortunately, I experienced a big ‘See, I told You, So’ moment when we were attacked during our news conference by the same people who descended on Berkeley, New York, Washington, Denver and St. Louis to shut-down the recruiters.
Later, I was chased down in the streets of D.C. and further harassed, as well as Congressman John Carter and his staff.
So, tell me again about that business on your blog about the business of needing to ‘dialogue’ with each other.
Your contention that our people’s comments live up to the left-wing real life physical bombing, burning, and shootings is simply absurd.