Ladies and gents, this is the way to vote with your wallet:
On January 31, 2008, I wrote a letter to the mayor of Berkeley, California, stating my position regarding his and the Berkeley City Council’s position on the proposed ousting of the U. S. Marine Corps recruiting station in the city of Berkeley.
I passed that letter along to a couple of Marine handball buddies. They passed that e-mail/letter to the guys who play in the Semper Fi handball tournament at MCRD, who passed it along to still others.
In my wildest dreams I never envisioned the response I have received. I now spend ALL DAY answering my cell phone acknowledging that yes, I really did write “THE” letter, and receiving personal thank yous from Generals, Majors, Colonels, SGTs, PVTs, CEOs, COOs, talk-show hosts, and average everyday American patriots. I have received over 500 calls in the past two days (today is the February 8.) Likewise. I spend the balance reading e-mail from the same sort of people.
I am humbled to a degree that is hard to state clearly. I am emotionally overwhelmed with the positive response to my letter and want to thank everyone who has called me or e-mailed me to state their support.
My intention was never to shine the spotlight on me; it was to cause–to whatever degree I could–great fiscal discomfort to the city of Berkeley in retaliation to its un-American, cowardly, and despicable stance that the U.S. Marines are unwelcome, and uninvited intruders in that city.
If in my small way I helped light a fire that now appears to be blazing across the nation, I am proud of that, but I am more proud of the fact that I could, at a time when our heroes are fighting against those who would destroy us, help focus some attention to the vast debt, and undying respect, that we as a nation owe to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. My letter to Mayor Tom Bates is below.
Follow the link to read the text of Mr. Dennard’s letter.