Is it possible Barack Obama is using the whole Gates “stupid” remark to take some heat off his floundering health care ambitions? Or is this simply a “teachable moment?”
My suspicions were further aroused when he came out, at a specific time on a Friday afternoon at a White House press briefing, to discuss the matter. Neil Cavuto thinks the “stupid” remark is helping to derail health care, but could it be the other way around? The media and punditry discussion over the “stupid” remark is taking health care reform off the front page. Is that good or bad? If we were dealing with the Clinton Administration, I would think my theory is correct. That said:
Barack Obama managed to get it all wrong when it comes to cops and race. There are good cops and bad cops. The problem is Barack Obama appears to view the world through a black and white lens instead of eyes wide open.
For about a five year period I had a stalker. At least once a month, this guy would stand outside my bedroom windows and smoke. There was no more welcome sight than the flashing blue light of the local sheriff’s deputy as he would pull into the yard and try (once again) to figure out who this person was.
In cases like this cops have the habit of not taking the victim seriously, instead, basically accusing the victim, almost always a woman, of being a little bit “off”. This never happened to me. I kept a record of everything, to the point that our local sheriff actually made an appointment and came out to visit, discussing my options. Never once was I treated without total and complete respect.
It may have helped that at the time I was the owner of a very popular local gallery. My connections to the community went back nearly forty years. I was also the chairman of our local county GOP executive committee. I would like to think status had nothing to do with the excellent protection I received.
Oh, the option that worked? I moved clear across the country.
I left South Carolina with an excellent feeling about law enforcement. Cops were good, helpful individuals who had the best interests of the community at heart. This view of law enforcement was further enhanced by the local police department where I now live. They are the second-highest paid cops in New Mexico, which has something to do with the quality of law enforcement we have locally.
Contrast that with the community next to us. They have one of the lowest pay scales in the state, and some very incompetent cops who have (or have had) a penchant for harassing local high school students.
During the few years I worked with local teens, my view of law enforcement officials began to change. The addicted sister of one of the girls who would infrequently attend the youth group I led at church was roughed up by those same cops, to the point where her story appeared on one of the national evening news magazine. There were, and still are, rumors of several million dollars of liability suits pending.
Imagine my shock and dismay when I ran afoul of police harassment. I am Republican, Episcopalian, Caucasian. I fit all the “right” status groups. White women don’t get harassed by white cops, do they? If you’ve been listening to Barack Obama, only African Americans are harassed by cops; by white cops. This is where I think Barack Obama is so very, very wrong. There are bad cops of every race, theology and ideology. Some of them are racist; others are just plain bad. The one who harassed me was just plain bad.