Fleet Week: Warmongers Of San Francisco Unite!
Every year when Fleet Week comes along, it’s a source of great pride and joy for San Francisco patriots. Battered by daily anti-American and anti-military sentiment, Fleet Week is the one time right-leaning San Franciscans can revel in their patriotism. Not to mention proudly enjoying a display of American military might in the spectacular air shows of the Blue Angels.
When those beautiful blue jets fly overhead in formation and that sonic boom sounds above the Victorian rooftops of San Francisco, it’s an awesome sight indeed. In fact, as I write, Angels pilots are practicing for this weekend’s air shows and being lucky enough to have access to a roof deck with a great view, I was just up there watching them go. Not a bad way to pass the time, if I do say so myself.
Adding to the deliciousness of it all is the fact that local lefties can’t stand Fleet Week and in particular the Blue Angels. Such icky reminders of war don’t jibe too well with San Francisco’s self-proclaimed "antiwar" environment. Plus, the loud noise can be very disturbing when one’s trying to sip a latte in a café while perusing the latest issue of The Bay Guardian.
Last year, I wrote an article for SFGate about San Francisco’s attempt to turn itself into a military-free zone and in it, I made reference to the ridiculously named Bay Area Peace Navy. This is a group that wants to replace Fleet Week, which it calls an "ugly symbol of…oppression," with "a peaceful celebration of the Bay." Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll take military prowess over pacifism anytime. After all, someone has to protect all those San Francisco liberals and their "eclectic" lifestyles, whether they appreciate it or not.
As for the rest of us, we’ll be enjoying the Fleet Week festivities in all their military glory. Fellow members of the 9/11 Neocons and I will be gathering down by the waterfront this weekend to watch the Parade of Navy ships, the Red Bull air show and then of course, the Blue Angels.
Peaceniks eat your heart out.
Warmongers of San Francisco unite!