Note this Saturday a Chronicle letter to the editor on the Blue Angels by Robert de Vries: "There is a difference between supporting the military and supporting the glorification of the tools of war, destruction and death." After calling the military "a necessary evil," he added "that watching these planes fly around is not an appropriate weekend family outing."
The city's anti-military image fits with City Hall's habitual nose-thumbing of federal law. Newsom heralded San Francisco as a "sanctuary city" as he announced he would not "allow" city workers to "cooperate" with federal agents attempting to apprehend fugitive immigrants.
As a newbie, Newsom directed City Hall to conduct same-sex marriages -- despite laws that prohibit them. Newsom didn't first try to change the law, he simply decided to ignore it.
It's one thing for city liberals to dissent on policies enacted by a Republican president. It is another for the city to announce that rules do not apply here. City leaders can't pass resolutions to deter teens from joining the U.S. military, or to direct city employees not to help federal immigration agents or to violate on-the-books marriage laws, then complain if others see San Francisco as -- I'll use it for lack of a better word-- anti-American.
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