>Just in case you weren’t aware, the citizenry of San Francisco voted to ban handguns from within the city limits and urge public schools (high schools and universities) to keep out military recruiters. Bill O’Reilly decided to enlighten the world with his point of view. He said if he were President of the US, he would tell San Franciscans a thing or two:
“Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you’re not going to get another nickel in federal funds” (article linked above)
Bill O’Reilly really needs to watch the School House Rock series to brush up on his government. Doesn’t Congress control federal funds? Yes, the President has veto power, but ultimately, Congress can override it (in theory anyway). Under the Bush Administration, FEMA has proven to be a joke in a time of real need, so O’Reilly’s imagined threat is not only stupid, but empty.
If city voters were intent on voting to oppose military recruitment in public schools and to ban handgun ownership, O’Reilly reasoned, then maybe it should be cut off from federal dollars. To illustrate his point, O’Reilly riffed on a vision of a San Francisco nation-state:
“Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead,” O’Reilly went on. “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.” (article linked below)
I think the handgun ban is a bad idea, but you don’t see me promoting terrorism because of it like O’Reilly. Let me just say, that I do not like Chris Daly (who sponsored the handgun bill). He gives liberals a bad name. I don’t agree with him on just about everything. He’s too radical and immature. But, Bill O’Reilly is just like Chris Daly. One spews idiotic radical crap, the other spews idiotic conservative crap.
Should O’Reilly be fired for his words? Probably not. They’ll just from some other idiotic screeching mammal to replace O’Reilly and do the same dance to entertain the lowest common denominator. However, any company that sponsors his show won’t be patronized by me anymore.