No offense but I'm not sure you have followed this thing from the beginning and understand the facts and chronology - granted facts and chronology as reported in the media - though the media here in Mass cannot exactly be confused with the right wing media machine that some folks love to spout about. (I'm sure you've heard the joke about the headline in the Boston Globe after they find out the world is going to end tomorrow.)
Supporters of Gates are spinning the facts - by that I mean they make it sound as though he was arrested for breaking into his own house - and how can someone possibly be arrested for that? That would be “stupid” to quote the president. What he was arrested for was being disorderly; a misdemeanor. I don't care who you are, you cannot shout down a police officer in public - or on your front porch, particularly after you have been warned (calmly and repeatedly by all accounts except Gates' own) that you are about to be arrested for being disorderly yet you keep on going.
It is disingenuous to say that when he showed his identification the ordeal should have been over. I think we all agree that should have been the case. The problem is that Gates kept on going.....and going....and going.....If he shows him his identification and shuts his mouth this whole thing never happens.
Read up a bit on Crowley. He is actually an expert on racial profiling and teaches other officers about this subject. As I understand it by all accounts he is a good cop with an exemplary record. If that is not the case someone please educate me. I’m always willing to be educated on matters which I am ignorant.
Skip is the one holding the bag here - sorry but that is how it is. The subsequent race hustling has been very disappointing to me. I expect more from a Harvard scholar, my governor and my president. Having spent a few years and a crap load of cash there perhaps I shouldn't be.....
With respect to healthcare I also find some disingenuous talk from the Obamaphiles. All I hear about is folks being “denied” insurance. That sounds really bad. “DENIED” insurance. Aww….terrible….People may be and are denied insurance in the country all the time but nobody – no – bud – die is ever denied treatment regardless of whether they can afford it or not. (Even folks who are not in this country legally.)
Does this make the system expensive? Yes. Is it “broken”? Yes, but the system that is coming down the pike will be much worse. We’ll all have “insurance” what we may not get is treatment. THAT IS A FACT AND IT IS FUCKING SCARY……This move by the president would be the greatest single government confiscation of personal freedom this country has ever seen and once it is gone it will never come back.
Government involvement in this manner is a bad idea. By involvement I mean control of the healthcare system. I am okay with the regulation of the system – it is necessary and important (there out to be more of it – the insurers and the lawyers suck ass), but direct control of it is nasty nasty nasty. It is not what this country is all about. Never has been and God willing never will be.
Even my communist sister sees it this way. She is in the healthcare profession as is her husband who sits on the national physician’s board of examiners and writes questions for the medical exam.
You may love Obama for much of what he is putting forth and he is clearly doing a good job of pushing his agenda forward but this should scare the crap out of you (and your elderly parents).