Now I don't know what a "peace and justice commissioner" is and I likely would laugh out loud if I read the actual job description that was attached to it, but Bob Meola's comment has to be one of the top three dumbest things to be uttered by a public official in 2010. Can anyone beat it?
I also have noticed that liberals like Meola keep using this word that they don't know the definition of: patriot. Miriam Webster's' Dictionary tells us a patriot is one who vigorously supports their country and defends her against all enemies. Actually I'm beginning to doubt whether Meola would be able to identify a dictionary.
A majority vote moved the piece of legislation through the council. Unfortunately 70% of the council voted in favor of passage.
But please tell me that even in Berkeley there is at least one public official with something other than spun sugar sitting in their head where their brain is supposed to reside.
Okay there was at least one - Commissioner Thyme Seigel:
"We're just sitting here in Berkeley - we don't know that Afghani informants aren't being murdered because of these leaks," she said. "Bradley Manning sounds like a very sincere person, but I'm sorry, we really do have enemies, and it's not clear at all what the effects of these WikiLeaks are."
Other than that though, no real hope.
Code Pink got into the action as well when their co-founder Medea Benjamin went on cable news this week to attempt to defend the town's actions. Benjamin attempted to decry the policies but was willing to give a pass to the traitor.
And let there be no doubt, a traitor he is.
He was motivated by sheer greed. What was it, all of $3,500 from the big spender Assange?
But here's what Meola and Benjamin and the Berkeley city council fail to admit. If Bradley Manning's ultimate goal was to reveal secrets in order to bring about reform, giving them to an investigative reporter in America would have been a more appropriate option.
The truth is he didn't do it for altruistic purposes, but for some cash. Assange took the material and now our enemies have it.
The lessons we need to learn from the Bradley Manning episode are pretty serious. The damage he has done will be counted in lives lost, plans scrapped, networks destroyed, and those he knows being put in greater harm. What we could do without are these far-left lunatics that wish to bark at the moon, see boogeymen that aren't there, and scream that the sky is anything other than blue.
Someone would think that people in Berkeley would know enough of the reality that the United States lives in today to not think his actions heroic. Perhaps they even do. For some of them I suspect Manning is being used as a pawn to vault themselves into the realms of celebrity-ridiculousness.
Then again that's something a little crowd with some torches and pitchforks could easily care for there on the steps of the Berkeley City Hall.