(CNN) -- Berkeley, the famously liberal college town in California, has taken aim at Marine recruiters, saying they are "not welcome in our city."
Republican lawmakers in Washington fired back this week, threatening to take back more than $2 million of federal funding to the city as well as money designated for the University of California-Berkeley, the campus that became a haven of protests during the Vietnam War.
The battle erupted after the Berkeley City Council approved a measure last week urging the Marine recruiters to leave their downtown office.
"If recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders," the item says.
These folks are exercising their First Amendment rights to say whatever foolish thing they want to, and that's okay. It's amazing that the very people they're protesting against have been dying on foreign soil for over two hundred years to guarantee their right to sound like complete morons.
Now don't get me wrong. I understand the anti-war movement. Nobody likes war, and if they do, they need to be sent to fight in one immediately so they can see what fun it is. Robert E. Lee said famously that "it is well that war is so terrible - lest we should grow too fond of it." My only point is that beyond the combat that may occur while you're in the service, there's an awful lot of good that will come from military training if you apply yourself. Things like discipline, self respect and leadership skills come to mind.
I think the government should proceed with their plan to deprive Berkeley of every dollar of federal funding that they're currently receiving. And let's make sure every government-sponsored research project at U.C. Berkeley gets reassigned to some other institution.