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.
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