Kevin McCullough
"Perhaps Berkeley California needs a good old barn burning, complete with torches and pitchforks!"

These were my sentiments at the hearing of what the lunatics who run Liberalville USA have actually taken a vote on and passed in their most recent city council meetings.

In short, they want to subvert justice and accelerate the killing of American military and the sources who are helping them in Afghanistan and Iraq.

They also wish to honor a person who has committed more than 250,000 acts of treason (or at best espionage) against his nation, his strict military code and command, and the general welfare of even his own family.

Such was the case with PFC Bradley Manning, who now sits awaiting the day to go on trial for the crimes against his own. In what has become the-all-too-famous narrative, armed only with a Lady Gaga CD and a little bit of time, PFC Manning downloaded a few bucketfuls of documents that told many secrets of our operations against the terrorists. Once sold they were put on display by Julian Assange of Wikileaks and now those who seek to murder Americans in cold blood have reams of information they did not previously have.

There has never been a clearer act of treason in American history. And Manning deserves to be brought before Congress, tried for the charge, and executed upon a guilty verdict.

But he's not the one that worries me now.

Sure he's in military custody, he's gonna face a tough go of it by every measure regardless of what happens, but there are two possible consolation prizes with him. Either he's in prison for the rest of his life, or his neck gets stretched in Times Square before the watching public and we tell tales to the future generations that "actively assisting the enemy" is treason in the United States.

But like I said, he's not the one I'm any too worried about presently.

The nutcase council members in Berkeley California on the other hand, leave me greatly disturbed. For they have proffered a hope that PFC Manning might be freed, and pending that, they hope to honor him with an award, a parade, maybe ice-cream and a cake, maybe ponies and rainbows... Who knows?

Manning is viewed by the city council as someone who has expressed behavior that is heroic. Some of them went so far as to imply that he was a great American:

“If he did what he’s accused of doing, he’s a patriot and should get a medal,” said Bob Meola, the Berkeley peace and justice commissioner who authored the resolution. “I think the war criminals should be the ones prosecuted, not the whistle-blowers.”

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.