At least one California official, and her loyal bailiff, seems determined to protect this nation's citizens from an insidious threat: tap dancing recruiters.
- Shawn Sage, 17, wants to join the United States Marine Corps
- He's in California's foster system, so he had to ask permission from Children's Court Commissioner Marilyn Mackel
- Commissioner Mackel 'knows' that all recruiters are alike, and that the war in Iraq is wrong, so she denied his request
" 'The judge said she didn't support the Iraq war for any reason why we're over there," said Marine recruiter Sgt. Guillermo Medrano of the Simi Valley USMC recruiting office.
" 'She just said all recruiters were the same - that they 'all tap dance and tell me what I want to hear.' She said she didn't want him to fight in it.' ..."
"Mackel said she denied delayed enlistment to an eager Navy recruit as well, Medrano said.
"She expressed concern that recruiters treat recruits 'like another warm body,' he said. 'She said, "All you care about is your numbers." "
"At this point, the 10-year Marine said the court bailiff raised his hand and addressed the young Sage.
" 'My son's in the Army,' he said. 'He did the Delayed Entry Program. They don't care about you. They're just there for the numbers.' "
You can't make this sort of thing up. Here's a judge - and her bailiff - 'protecting' a young man who wants to protect her right to say whatever they want: No matter how crazy.
Sadly, since Mackel has official powers, her opinions change the lives of people who fall under her power.