Pop-A-Top Again . . .

Pop-A-Top Again . . .

If getting together and drinking a beer could solve the world’s troubles, we wouldn’t have any problems in Texas!

We routinely hold these counseling sessions.  We even have special places called “honky-tonks” with green-job ambience, energy efficient lighting and soothing acoustical audio to enhance the productivity of these interventions.  President Obama has no more cornered the market with this approach, than he has successfully opened a new dialogue on race.  The controversy in Cambridge, home of the Ivy-League Liberal elite, Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley; is not about race, race profiling or discrimination.

When I was a teenager my father told me, “If you ever get stopped by the Police, there better be just two things that come out of your mouth; ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir’.”  When my sons became teenagers I told them, “If you ever get stopped by the Police, there better be just four things that come out of your mouth; ‘yes sir’, ‘no sir’, ‘yes ma’am’ and ‘no ma’am’.”  This has nothing to do with race, or gender for that matter.  It is about respect.  It is about respect for the law.  Without respect for the law, there is little that distinguishes us from Cro-Magnon man.

I didn’t tell my sons to act differently because the police officer was black, brown or of any different color, race or creed.  It is difficult for a white male to fully appreciate what it is like to be a minority and I don’t pretend to understand “man’s inhumanity to man” (prejudice), but I do believe as Americans, that we recognize it for what it was and is and comprehend that it is wrong.  If my son’s children become Police Officers, I hope they will look at suspects in the same color-blind way.

Juan Williams, a black commentator that usually carries the liberal side of the “fair and balanced” argument on Fox News, got to the heart of the matter:

But, you know what; this was not about racial profiling. This was about a guy breaking into his house. The neighbor appropriately calls the police, who come and respond to that. And once the police come, ask “Who are you,” ask “Who else is in the house?” And then Professor Gates, according to the police report, begins to berate the officer, make demands on the officer, talk about his mother, and ask, “Do you know who I am? You don’t know who you’re dealing with,” and continues this even after the president says that Gates is pulled out of his house. In fact, Gates pursues the officer out of his house. The officer, according to the police report — I might add, there’s a black policeman, a Hispanic policeman on the scene, and they corroborate this — the officer pulls out his handcuffs and tells Gates to stop, and Gates pursues — continues, persistently, to berate the officer.”

Professor Gates wanted to make the incident about race and spontaneously played the “race” card.  The facts did not support this, but President Obama was quick to draw to an inside straight and responded to a reporters question without benefit of a teleprompter or his staff poling on the issue.  In this one true, unrehearsed answer, we had a glimpse of the real inexperienced leader.  He got it wrong, and in doing so, lost all credibility as the “Great Racial Healer.”

Even when the President tried a “David Letterman Style” apology, he missed the point by stating, “I continue to believe, based on what I have heard that there was an overreaction in pulling Prof. Gates out of his home to the station.”  The fact that Professor Gates was at or in his home had no bearing on why he was arrested.  He was arrested according to statutes of THE GENERAL LAWS OF MASSACHUSETTS, CHAPTER 272: SECTION 53. PENALTY FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES; which provides:

Common night walkers, common street walkers, both male and female, common railers and brawlers, persons who with offensive and disorderly acts or language accost or annoy persons of the opposite sex, lewd, wanton and lascivious persons in speech or behavior, idle and disorderly persons, disturbers of the peace, keepers of noisy and disorderly houses, and persons guilty of indecent exposure may be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than six months, or by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

It must be comforting to Professor Gates to know that his conduct under the law is best characterized by common street walkers, lewd, wanton and lascivious persons and persons guilty of indecent exposure.  One thing is for sure; both President Obama and Professor Gates have been exposed by this unfortunate incident. ♣