The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Government Audit and Oversight Committee recently rejected a resolution from Supervisor Chris Daly calling for a ban on the Blue Angels that fly over the City during Fleet Week in October. Here’s ten reasons why the committee was right in its decision to keep the jets in the air over our City.
They send a message to al Qaeda and company that here in San Francisco we’re tough on terrorism and won’t let anyone push us around. If the jets scare young kids and pets or crash and kill people, it’s a small price to pay for a safe and secure homeland.
They bring $4 million into our city’s coffers. Forget Summer of Love hippie gibberish about the senseless glorification of war and militarism. Tourist dollars are much more important than those overrated “San Francisco values.”
They promote military recruitment at a time when the School Board is eliminating JROTC and many San Franciscans generally see no value in it. The Blue Angels not only let kids see the glories of joining the military but also flying really cool looking planes into battles against the axis of evil and other video game-type villains.
They’re hated by Supervisor Chris Daly, who’s a proven extreme leftist with radical ideas such as stopping the evictions of seniors and providing universal healthcare for all. He recently tried to get someone to run against our mayor who wholeheartedly supports the Blue Angels.
They’re pro family. Even alternative families with two mommies or two daddies can come out and watch them as they celebrate a military whose official policy is “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Don’t worry: Liberal Hillary Clinton assures us that at the time, DADT was a good compromise measure.
They’re talked about in the Bible. God created the angels to assist him. The Blue Angels do God’s work on Earth by killing people he doesn’t like. That used to mean Russians. Now it means people who have oil and won’t let our corporations control it.
Sure, they pollute the air (what doesn’t?), but not as much as all those cows farting incessantly in the fields. Or those peacenicks in Golden Gate Park during one of those giant peace festivals. It’s all the beans and tofu they eat.
They give us pride in being American. It’s no coincidence that they’re flown on the weekend before Columbus Day, a time we remember the guy who discovered this country (though some people say that there were already civilizations here and that some Viking named Leif Erikson beat him to it). What would Columbus think of our banning the Blue Angels?
Groups that oppose Blue Angels include Global Exchange, Veterans for Peace and Code Pink, organizations that have proven ties with Venezuelan Socialist (and anti-American) President Hugo Chavez. I’m sure I heard that on Fox News.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca is a radical, southern Italian, working-class, atheist queer performer and writer with a website: www.avicollimecca.com