Thursday, September 27, 2007

US Marines insulted by San Francisco

World War II recruiting poster



The Few, the Proud, the Marines were insulted by the City of San Francisco earlier this week when they were denied a permit to shoot a recruiting commercial in the city. The US Marine Silent Drill Team applied for a permit to use California Street in San Francisco but Film Commission Executive Director Stefanie Coyote would only approve the permit if no Marines were in the picture. The City of San Francisco is now backpeddling and offering to let the Marines film in another location citing traffic concerns for the original site.

Captain Greg Corrales of the SFPD Traffic Bureau commands the police traffic bureau that works with crews shooting commercials, TV shows and movies in the city. He's also a Marine veteran and his son is serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. Captain Corrales said "this is not about traffic, Ms. Coyote's politics blinded her to her duty as the director of the Film Commission and as a responsible citizen,"

OK, those are the facts ma’am. When it comes to the City of San Francisco, when are decent Americans going to stand up and say enough is enough with this shameful and disgraceful behavior? All this disrespect is coming from a city that owes its very existence to the US Navy and US Marines. I am really sick and tired of liberals that have some kind of disagreement with the present administration treating the honorable, decent and self sacrificing young men and women with utter contempt and disrespect. How arrogant, how ungrateful these people are. It is time for the military and veterans communities to take it upon ourselves to punish and diminish the political power these people have accumulated for their disrespect. There are many big name businesses that are home based or have large interests in the City of San Francisco.

It was only two or three years ago the city denied the USS Iowa, a highly decorated World War II battleship a berth in the city for it to become a museum and a memorial for World War II veterans because they said it would send out the wrong message. What wrong message could it possibly send out? Could it be they do not approve of decent people willing to sacrifice their lives so liberal morons can exercise their freedom of speech to insult those that preserve that very right. Only people that follow the creed of liberalism could come up with such convoluted thinking. The politicians that rule the City of San Francisco are beneath contempt.

Patriotism

It is said that patriotism is the love of country. I think it is the love of the things about your country that you don’t want to see lost—that you want to see perpetuated—and you’re willing to sacrifice to ensure it.

Patriotism is not something you put on each morning like a clean shirt. Patriotism is not something you can buy at the super market. Patriotism is not something you can get in return for a monthly paycheck to a man in uniform. It is devotion to an ideal—a principle; a burning desire that the things that people think are best for their country and its people are protected from erosion—protected from any and everything which would tend to lessen in the mind of the individual the image he has of how things should be in his ideal country.

Patriotism is an abstract thing. You can’t see it, you can’t feel it, you can’t hear it—albeit at times you can see the action and hear the things that people do, who are imbued with patriotism.

In the armed forces we have one fundamental mission—to provide for the security of this nation. Everything else is included in this goal. Devotion to country—patriotism, if you will—is essential to our success.

The men and women in the armed forces are not so different from other Americans. The uniforms they wear merely signify what their job is and in which service they carry out their important duties. But soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, they are bound by a common promise and a common responsibility.

Patriotism is something from our hearts—a faith—a dedication.

We cannot confine patriotism to a single day, year, or to whenever it is convenient, any more than we can confine a belief in God to the occasion when one is trapped in a foxhole under fire, or a Sunday morning in church. If patriotism is faith—and I believe it is—then it is a faith based on love, the love of the things that we believe are best for the people of our country, and thus for the nation itself. It is a deep faith in what we are for, not a hatred for things we are against. American patriots need not hate nor fear anyone. Fear and hate are corrosive and carry the seeds for the destruction of the deep patriotism so necessary to ensure the future of America.

I am firmly convinced that the cornerstone of our Democracy are Americans who have pride in their country—true patriots.

We are not born with this sense of patriotism. This thing called patriotism is not just handed to us. We must know our history, we must participate in our country’s current affairs of concern—vote for leaders—foster education for more of our people—and stand beside our country as her defenders.

Let us all do these things, and there will be no lack of patriots in this great country.

General David M. Shoup, USMC

Commandant of the Marine Corps

Date: 4 July 1962



24 comments:

Marie's Two Cents said...
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Marie's Two Cents said...

Great Post Jenn,

What a great letter.

If we have no Patriotism we have no Country!

Marie's Two Cents said...

Oops I keep hitting the button to fast,

This is an OUTRAGE by the City of San Francisco.

Recently we have been experiencing act's of "Blame America First" and I think the people have just about had enough of this crap.

I know I have.

J_G said...

Marie, The people that do this kind of thing have no idea what the words duty, honor and sacrifice mean. Our men and women in uniform deserve a lot more respect than they get from the freaks that run San Francisco. Nancy Pelosi represents this abominable city and its a no wonder, she is the queen of the disgrace.

TrekMedic251 said...

This former Marine says "&@&^^!%@%!$! San Francisco!"

dons_mind said...

Semper Fi - SF again proves it doesn't have much of a clue....

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

This is a great post, Jennifer.

One of the problem with peace pacifascists is that they think ALL war is bad. As if fighting against evil, is in itself an act of evil that they want no part of.

For them, the military is something that perpetuates violence. Not something that protects and preserves the peace.

J_G said...

Trek, Word, Don, I joke around with my Myrine (as in my Marines)friends about being ground pounders and getting seasick and all that but they put their lives on the line to keep America free as all the rest of the services have over the years. Wordsmith had a question about how the Marines got the nickname "Leathernecks" the other day and that can come into question. They are also called "Devil Dogs", (from WWI) woof woof, but the thing that you can call them that best describes their commitment to freedom through sacrifice is "United States Marine"!!!! Semper Fi

Tom the Redhunter said...

Didn't San Fran also try and ban the Blue Angels? They are truely loonly left out there. I don't think I could live in San Fran and maintain my sanity.

J_G said...

They're totally ungrateful loony tunes Tom. It has been a tradition since Vietnam for people from San Francisco to be direspectful to armed service personel. The returning serviceman would be spit upon and called baby killers. That's where that got started.

Gayle said...

What a great job of explaining the concept of patriotism, Jennifer! You did good. :)

SF should be ashamed of itself. I know there must be many good people living there. Do they care about what's happening to their city, or do they even know? Bill O'Reilly had a segment yesterday about this and said SF had only the one newspaper, the San Francisco Cronical, and that it was far left, as is their media, so that the conservatives there may not be getting the news as to what most of the country thinks about them. Hard to believe, isn't it?

concerned citizen said...

your peice on patriotism was pretty good except for the god parts. & speaking of God & patriotism & pacifism...Wasn't Jesus a pacifist?
Personally I think we should all strive to solve our problems with higher ideals then violence toward other people. But putting pacifist ideals into practice requires individual conscience. Pacifists do not make good soldiers, that's true. But I would think they would make good Christians. Pacifist ideals, although maybe not always practical, I believe must be strived(?) for.
"A soldier's duty ends where his knowledge, conscience,
and responsibility forbid him to follow a command."
Gen. Ludwig Beck

Gen. Beck was the former chief of staff of the German Armed
Forces who publicly resigned five years after the Nazi
takeover. He was put to death after an attempt on Hitler's life.

Where does our individual conscience begin?

J_G said...

Your conscience is something only you can decide what it means. If you cannot march into battle and take lawful orders you do not belong there. There are orders that are unlawful and dishonorable and soldiers must use their conscience to refuse to execute those orders.

Many a German soldier and citizen resisted the Nazis including Field Marshal Irwin Rommel who was part of the plan to kill Hitler. Some paid the ultimate price for their opposition. There will always be war and there will always be soldiers and sailors to fight them. I say to them, "conduct yourself in an honorable manner"

Skye said...

Great to see you today at the Courthouse, J_G.

I'm posting the photos tonight.

J_G said...

Skye, I had a great time. Anytime I can do anything to support our troops and counter the anti war protesters I'm there having fun. Not having to drive very far helps too ;-)

Paul F. said...

What I think is interesting is that I know the history. I paid attention in class. I know all the presidents and how all the wars went down. All the why's and where's that are available to us growing up in this fine educational system. I'm aware of all sides of the current issues. What blows my mind is how our perceptions on certain things are so vastly different. And I think that's what makes the USA a great nation. You know, most of those soldiers over there in Iraq are NOT from country club estates. No, they are the poor Democrats and whatnot of America that were just looking for a chance to go to college and find a way out of their meager existence. They just want the same opportunity that I got. Now they are trying to survive in Iraq. Do you prefer that Democrats die for this country? So you don't like Democrats or what? They are the ones coming back in body bags. It's no wonder so many Democrats are pissed off over here. Where's all the beleaguered Republican families? Not so many of their sons and daughters are coming back that way. I guess they are just smarter, right? So it stands to reason that you will see mostly Democrats and such demonstrating protest against the war.

concerned citizen said...

Your comment brings up some interesting points paul f, I wonder how many high ranking politician's children are fight'n & die'n for their country.?

J_G said...

What you are saying is just not true Paul. You have no facts to back that up. That is the typical template and by making that assertion makes it easy to find out where you get your information. I'll do something I rarely do and do your homework for you because it appears you haven't done it for yourself.

As far as income levels for recruits, the average income level in slightly above the average after 9/11 and slightly below before. The majority of people serving are white with blacks about even with their percentage of the population before 9/11 and slightly less after. Hispanics were a steady 11 percent before and after 9/11 well below their percentage of the population.

The education levels of recruits are far and away much higher than the average of the population. 96% of recruits have a high school diploma or it's equilvalent as compared to 79 percent of the general population. The Officer Corps are about the same lopsided numbers as far as degrees and advanced degrees.

You and the template that you have agreed with are just plain wrong. The personel in the US military are genrally better educated than the average. They come from slightly above average incomes and to me I don't care if they are registered democrat (even though I don't undertand why they would be) or Republican because they are doing a job that most are too cowardly or too stupid to do.

Demographic information provided by Tim Kane Ph.D. of the Herritage Foundation an Population Representation in the US Military from the US Military own statistics information Page.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

No, they are the poor Democrats and whatnot of America that were just looking for a chance to go to college and find a way out of their meager existence. They just want the same opportunity that I got. Now they are trying to survive in Iraq. Do you prefer that Democrats die for this country? So you don't like Democrats or what? They are the ones coming back in body bags. It's no wonder so many Democrats are pissed off over here. Where's all the beleaguered Republican families? Not so many of their sons and daughters are coming back that way. I guess they are just smarter, right? So it stands to reason that you will see mostly Democrats and such demonstrating protest against the war.

Just....wow.

I consider Paul to be absolutely educated and bright; but that really is telling.

concerned citizen wrote:

I wonder how many high ranking politician's children are fight'n & die'n for their country.?

Go here:

Republicans with military service: 13.3%

Democrats with military service: 10.5% independants with military service: 0%

The site says it was last updated on August of 2007.

For 2008 Presidential candidates, the Republicans have 17.6% of their candidates over 11.8% of Democrats having served in the military.

Furthermore, both Duncan Hunter and John McCain both have sons who are currently serving, and who have served already in theater.

Paul F. said...

OK. It was speculation, but I'll pull some numbers too. At least I can see your POV. Thanks.

J_G said...

Paul those men and women that are over there now was me 30 years ago. They joined full well knowing they could be heading off to war. There was a different war going on when I was in but it quickly became the war we are fighting now when Iran took the hostages at the American Embassy and they held me in in service even though I was scheduled to be discharged.

There was no respect from the civilians there were no brass bands when we left on a mission or when we came home from a deployment. We did our duty because we knew it had to be done. I don't ask for anything for my service butr I am doing all I can to make those people that are over there now know they are not the forgotten and that there are people that care and support them that aren't immediate family members.

The Congress and the anti war protesters have given the enemy hope and with every code pink peace sign the blood of another American soldier or sailor is on them.

J_G said...

Paul those men and women that are over there now was me 30 years ago. They joined full well knowing they could be heading off to war. There was a different war going on when I was in but it quickly became the war we are fighting now when Iran took the hostages at the American Embassy and they held me in in service even though I was scheduled to be discharged.

There was no respect from the civilians there were no brass bands when we left on a mission or when we came home from a deployment. We did our duty because we knew it had to be done. I don't ask for anything for my service but I am doing all I can to make those people that are over there now know they are not the forgotten and that there are people that care and support them that aren't immediate family members.

The Congress and the anti war protesters have given the enemy hope and with every code pink peace sign the blood of another American soldier or sailor is on them.

I learned my sense of honor and duty from a brave and honorable sailor who was my Dad.

SusieQ said...

I didn't realize your dad was a sailor. You really need to devote a blog to some family history. I know you would have lots to write about that would warm a person's heart. I am thinkin of your parents and your grandmother right now.

Paul, I am surprised that you wrote all that about the Democrats making up most of our Armed Forces and didn't have figures to back it up. Jenni was nice to set you straight. Have you thanked her yet?

J_G said...

Hi Susie, I'm going to start putting something together for another blog just to honor and remember my family. I had some pretty remarkable people in my family and I would like to have a place to remember them. I'm going to contiune this comment up in the next post so everyone understands why I posted the eay I did.