O'Reilly is such an ass
First, he cuts off the real nasty bits of his comments about San Francisco. On his show, he played the part in italics, but cut the real shitty part in bold.
Hey, you know, if you want to ban military recruiting, fine, but I'm not going to give you another nickel of federal money. You know, if I'm the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, "Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead.Isn't that wonderful? O'Reilly called it a "satirical riff." (At first O'Reilly said he "absolutely" stood behind his statement and argued it wasn't even controversial.) He said on The O'Reilly Factor tonight that he couldn't air the whole thing because it's "five minutes long," but, as you can clearly see on his own site, it's only one minute, nine seconds long. He cut the most important, nastiest 30 seconds when, honestly, he should have played at least those 30 seconds. They're what pissed people off.
And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.
Perhaps he left out the bold part because, as he said in discussing Ward Churchill January 28th of this year, he "can't subject (his) audience to irresponsible ravings" like the idea that people you disagree with "deserve" their deaths at the hands of terrorists. He's right. That's nuts.
Just like it was nuts when Bill once again pointed out that Ward Churchill was wrong and his actions were inexcusable on February 23:
Hitler and his crew killed millions of civilians and justified it. Churchill believes American civilians are legitimate military targets. There's no question Churchill is echoing the Nazi philosophy...Yeah. Let's just see Churchill try to pass that off as a "satirical riff."
I've studied his rhetoric, I've studied his background. He justified the Oklahoma City bombing. He hates America. And I don't think you're ever going to get him to stop hating America. Now he'll want to rationalize what he said with you. He'll try to, you know, explain it, but to me...
It's odd, though, that O'Reilly has had so many guests on and allowed them to talk solo about the "liberal indoctrination" occurring on America's campuses by "far-left fanatic" teachers. Why doesn't he see that some parents don't want recruiters talking to their children in a school environment?
Look. A good friend of mine is a Guard recruiter. He's good at it and, yes, he's an honest, Christian guy who lays it all out on the line. He's the guy who brought me into the Guard after my time in the Navy. He admits, though, that he doesn't like to talk to students with other people around. In other words, he's a salesman who doesn't want, say, someone's parents sitting at their kids shoulder like a cartoon angel (or devil) saying "Don't do it."
O'Reilly's right in saying that the military is an "all-volunteer force." I say, then, that kids should be allowed to go down to the recruiter's office and sign up if they want. If the parents want recruiters to stay out of schools, it's their right as citizens in a democracy to pass legislation that keeps them out. Remember, there's all kinds of advertising banned in and near schools. This is just another.