Voters in San Francisco, by a 59-41 margin, chose to oppose U.S. military recruiting in public schools there, including colleges. In response, FNC's Bill O'Reilly made the following comment on his radio program on November 8th, 2005:
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.
Last night on "The O'Reilly Factor," Bill defended his comments, saying, "Why should the U.S.A. protect San Francisco from terrorists if they, in the city, are trying to undermine the military?"
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"Amen O'Reilly on your thoughts about San Francisco!" — Barbara (New York, NY)
"I did not take his words as amusing or satirical. For the record, I voted against the bill that so outraged Mr. O'Reilly. I am pro military. Pro protection. I had no problem with his statements on Californians, or nutty San Franciscans, or withholding Federal funds, but inviting Al Qaeda for me was just too much. Jesting about such potential violence is not funny. This was America, and even those who wanted to back a silly bill had the right to do so." — M.L. (San Francisco, CA)
"Bill is correct. I am so tired of our military constantly taking a hit from these out of control wacky liberals. We need to all stand-up to them!" — Brenda
"Bill, I am a Marine in Iraq. You took this a tad too far. San Francisco has the right to their opinions and decisions. That's what we are fighting for right? Democracy? It's tough sometimes, but that's the deal. So deal with it and focus on the real story of why it's so hard for our military to recruit. They should stay out of schools and be able to have kids come to them on their own. Wonder why that's so hard? I could on for days." — Jake (Iraq)
"Most of America is behind Bill O'Reilly and his remarks against San Francisco for restricting military recruiting in schools. Liberals can say or do anything and offend anyone, but when you make a comment they take offense to you about they want us destroyed. So stand tall Fox News and know most of America stands behind you and Bill O'Reilly." — Robert (Highlands Ranch, CO)
"Bill's argument makes no sense. They voted. They have the right to, as we all do in America. Bill, it's democracy remember? If you don't like, then so be it." — Pat (Boston, MA)
"I totally agree with Bill O'Reilly. If the citizens of San Francisco vote out military recruiting, then they shouldn't be calling on the federal government, FEMA, or the military when they need help. Well, unless of course, after the next earthquake, and then San Francisco will be frantically calling for the military to step in to restore law and order and prevent looting and the federal government to provide emergency aid and on and on." — Zach (Leawood, KS)
"How does it undermine the military to ban recruiting at schools? Bill’s whole argument is premised on the notion that if you don’t recruit these kids without their parents’ knowledge, and before they mature or get some education, they won’t join up. Exactly what is Bill’s perception of our military and the people who currently serve?" — Sharon (Carrollton, TX)
"Bill went right to the heart of a situation and confronted it. His piece on San Francisco voting out the military was great. He is trying to wake up this wonderful country of ours. I wish there were a hundred more O'Reilly's out there. We need him." — Michael (Wellston, MI)
"The San Francisco vote is not a sensible one, but what it actually is is a reaction to the pushy tactics of the far Right in this country. It's a symbolic gesture more than anything to remind the Right that not everybody falls in line with their absolute belief system." — Jeremy
"If 60% of the people in SF want to undermine our military, then we don't need to shed any blood on their behalf. So be it. Further, a boycott on San Francisco would be appropriate. After all, we are all entitled to our opinions." — Susan (Champaign, Il)
"I used to live in San Francisco and the Bay Area has earned the right to eliminate recruiters in their public schools. The area provides massive amounts of federal tax revenue for our federal government. California (alone), is the worlds sixth largest economy. They provide this nation with intellectual properties that keep us at the top of the technological and economical heap. Where would our military or the U.S. be if it weren't for Bay Area's explosive tech boom that continues to add value to the American machine?" — J.G. (Sturgis, SD)
"I agree with Bill 100%." — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)
"Ok, I get people being against conscription. But, what is wrong with recruiting? Afraid someone might have an urge to fulfill civic duty and pride? The bottom line is, teens can go home talk over their decision with their parents, and then go forward with it, or not." — Christine
"Bill is crazy. He needs to look at this again with a clearer head. It's about recruiting in public schools. It's not the fault of San Francisco that the military has done such a horrible job of recruiting soldiers. I think Bush's taking benefits away from veterans, lying about Iraq, and having no plan to get us out of Iraq is where we should really be looking. How about it Bill? I'm in the U.S. Army and would love to have you tackle Bush on his failures." — Dough (Somewhere in Iraq)
"San Francisco should get its wish, no military and no federal money of any kind." — Mike (Fork Union, VA)
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