by Katie O'Malley
Last week's Vietnam flashback was courtesy of the mixed nuts in
Berkeley who took it upon themselves to label the local Marine
recruiters "intruders" and "unwelcome." Some people will do anything
for a feelgood liberal headline. But we were heartened by the
overwhelming numbers of proud and patriotic Americans standing by our
defenders. And, typically for liberals, Berserkely kinda backed down
under their pressure. (Hey, Mrs. Obama: plenty of folks manage to
find lots to be proud of in America.)
While we were distracted by the Berserkely street theater, a much
more disturbing scene was unfolding in our Nation's Capital. On
Friday, February 15, members of Students for a Democratic Society
(SDS) stormed a recruiting office at 14th & L and laid siege while
Metro Police stood by. In a protest entitled "Funk the War" these
children delighted in an act of civil disobedience that is as
pathetic as it is chilling. Didn't see that on Keith Olbermann's
report? I wonder why.
These spoiled privileged brats are the tools of some of the most
disturbing figures on the Left. At Friday's event, the sagging hags
of Code Pink stood off to the side while cheering on the SDS kidz'
action. You can almost see their petuli-addled brains whirling, "If
we send the children to do our dirty work, the police will be
hesitant to make arrests."
I have to believe that the police would find joy in hauling one of
those old prunes off to the clink. But getting your photo in the
paper arresting a white, fresh faced college student? Not so much.
According to witnesses, Code Stink and the other aging hippies stood
by the side and sent the children to the front lines, and ultimately
into the recruiting station. Yet another technique the Left has
borrowed from the Viet Cong.
I struggle to find the relevance of trashing a recruiting station.
What message is this collection of mush trying to impart by
vandalizing the station? These men and women are doing their jobs for
a volunteer military. They do not set policy. The White House and
Congress are only blocks away, kiddies, go where the decisions are
made. Methinks the Secret Service would be less accommodating than
the Capital Police.
Like a toddler who calls his parents to the bathroom after a
successful event on the potty, these minions captured their dirty
work on the web and proudly crowed,
"Prior to ripping up all their *&^%-but (sic)inside at 14th and L
recruiter. After many previous protests had found the 14th st
recruiter 'closed' at 5PM, Funk the War found them open, and the door
unlocked at nearer to 6Pm and promptly exploited the situation by
demonstrating to them first hand how an occupying force behaves.
After a loud commotion inside while outnumbered cops watched,
recruiters finally managed to get protesters to leave-but not before
literature and full-body length cardboard displays in the street
window area were destroyed. In addition, hundreds more "Funk the War"
stickers were plastered all over just about everything that would
take them. By the time everyone was out it looked like a tornado had
swept through the lobby."
Not content at this destruction, they turned to the DC GOP
headquarters but found the door locked. Apparently the deterrent was
a locked door, not the presence of police. How telling.
And calling themselves an occupying force? Their delusions of
grandeur are staggering. Please. These twits took no risk. They know
that they have friendly ears with the powerbrokers in DC. They know
that the Mayor and the Police do not want images of little Johnny and
Susie being hauled away in handcuffs. They know mommy and daddy went
to school with the folks who now run the ACLU and that steady
donations are coming from the family checking account. Wow.
Super-brave. In the minds of these idiots, they are as brave as the
Marines walking the streets of a struggling Iraq, helping to liberate
an entire people while avoiding terrorists trying to blow them to pieces.
If only the SDS'rs could realize how completely absurd they really look.
My initial calls to the police were fruitless as were repeated calls
to the Mayor's office. Each person I spoke with expressed surprise
when told of the events. The few return calls I did get were too
little, too late.
I find it mind-boggling that an incident of domestic terrorism holds
so little importance in the eyes of those charged with public order
in our Capital.
The military has been battling thugs like SDS and others for decades.
For obvious reasons, the mainstream press has not chosen to cover it.
It might make their peeps look bad. Recruiter's cars have been
torched, their offices vandalized, bricks have been thrown through
windows and these fine men and women have literally been chased from
high school and college campuses.
The internet and the foolish bravado of these malcontents has made
official reporting unnecessary. The Left gleefully posts the evidence
of their dirty work (with pictures that the police should be able to
use to id some of them) and their hatred for all to see. They
gleefully call the recruiters pedophiles and these lovers of peace
post threats and make harassing phone calls to those who stand
opposing them. Do as I say, mews the little flowerchild, not as I do.
Like a bad STD, SDS has reemerged from the mindlessness of the 60's
under a new banner with the same old tired socialist mindset. They
join other parasites like the IVAW who fancy themselves the new
Winter Soldiers. Both groups are powerful reminders of the danger of
a diseased and troubled mind. Unlike their counterparts in the
1960's, these tools of the Left face a powerful, vocal and committed
As success in Iraq and in the War on Terror continues to expand,
expect to see more public temper tantrums from these groups. Their
irrelevance chafes at their tender hides and they will continue to
ball their pudgy little fists and scream into the night.
I was just a child when my step-father returned from Vietnam. He and
his brothers-in-arms were treated like dirt. I was unable to
comprehend the horror of it or to protect him from it. Despite my age
at the time, I carry a veil of shame at what some of my fellow
Americans did to those men and women. Never again is not an empty
platitude for me.
Nor is it an empty platitude to the folks who stand outside Walter
Reed Hospital every week or to the folks who will surely stand
outside 14th & L this Friday to let our heroes know that this time,
they are not alone.
Ms. O'Malley is a freelance writer from the New York City area and
has been a non-profit fundraiser for 15 years. Write her at