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07-24-09, 03:20 PM #1
Obama Crossed "the Line" - A CB rant
Its been news, its been twittered, its been blogged... a U.S. President saying that a local cop acted "stupidly" when arresting a Harvard professor for disorderly conduct after that cop received a loud browbeating for nothing other than simply doing his job.
If the officer's report, the news accounts, the witness statement, and even the photograph of the loudmouthed "scholar" are all accurate, (and I certainly believe they are, collectively), Sgt. James Crowley was indeed doing his job, (and doing it well), when the esteemed Doctor Henry "Jeremiah Wright" Gates verbally blitzed him and branded him a 'racist' in a loud confrontation in broad daylight on Ware Street in Cambridge. A well-intended neighbor and Sgt. Crowley were both seeking to protect Gates' home; the neighbor, by calling for help in his stead when she observed the now infamous "two black males" attempting to breach the door at the residence, and the officer, by responding due to his proximity to the call, and advancing to the residence alone, certainly unsure of what he would encounter.
Put yourself in Crowley's shoes for just a moment. He receives a burglary in progress call, with two suspects reported. Crowley is nearby and responds, finding a freshly jimmied door, and someone inside the residence. Perhaps Dr. Gates should be thankful that the officer didn't put him on his face at gunpoint, but Gates began screaming when he was asked for an identification card...
I'm going to take a moment here to remember a sunny June 21st, 1988, when someone else was caught in a similar scenario; Sgt. Warren Joseph Broussard, formerly of the Baton Rouge, LA city police department. People like Gates and Obama can stop reading at this point, because quite simply, I realize that they really don't give a damn. For the rest of us, I'll quote the Officer Down Memorial Page:
Sergeant Broussard was visiting his grandparents house, which had been burglarized the previous day, when a neighbor told him there were to males around the block casing a house. Sergeant Broussard went around the block and located the two suspect(s). Unknown to Sergeant Broussard, these suspect(s) were the same suspects that burglarized his grandparents house, and one of the suspects was armed with a handgun stolen in that burglary. As Sergeant Broussard radioed for a back-up unit, one of the suspects drew the handgun and opened fire, striking Sergeant Broussard in the stomach and head, killing him.
Now, back to the esteemed professor, Dr. Gates, who sub-consciously decided that every evil in his life had taken the shape of a white police officer who confronted him at his home and requested his identification. Gates' reaction was one of someone deeply offended and maligned, not to mention devoid of self-control, tact, reason, and common sense. There is a huge difference between intellect and common sense, I believe. Gates has demonstrated the possession of one without the other quite well, so I won't belabor that point. Dr. Gates has literally made his (quite comfortable) livelihood based upon the color of skin. Compare that to Sgt. Crowley, who makes his livelihood dealing with the inner depravity of men, and who even instructs his fellows in avoiding racial stereotypes. Gates bases his judgements upon his shallow and smug perceptions, but Crowley has to be able to see much deeper, in order to preserve his career, and even his own life.
Obama has experience being a black man, and so does Gates, but neither have experience in dealing with the raw, violent, vicious, and despicable hatred that a gun and a badge seem to incite in some men. Their perspective is academic, Crowley's is tactile.
For our president to criticize a man like Sergeant James Crowley as acting "stupidly", I can only offer this: Crowley spends his life watching his back for five figures while trying with all his heart to do some good in the world while the president and his cronies knock down millions smiling for the camera, writing books, and reading a teleprompter. They are armed with skin color and public wit, Crowley must be armed with his wits and a firearm to survive. The men who form the 'thin blue line' which our president has so whimsically trodden upon come from every race and every culture. They don't see the people they serve as 'votes', they see them for what they truly are, because in the trenches, it is the local uniformed officer who is dealing with the people in their most desperate times. Politicians can wink, nod, and shake hands, but the cops have to solve their problems on a real, personal, one-to-one basis daily.
Some of them guard Mr. Obama, even when he snubs them and refuses to join them in honoring their fallen, even when he cuts the funding for their families should they be killed in the line of duty themselves. "Joe" Broussard's name is etched on the wall Obama refused to visit during Police Week, 2009, by the way. Obama screams foul when they want to swap out his beloved Blackberry, but many cops just wish they could afford one on the salary they make.
Mr. Obama said that "Federal officials need to continue working with local law enforcement to improve policing techniques so that we're eliminating potential bias."
That might mean that your friend Mr. Holder would teach us how to perform such fantastic feats of daring do as were seen at Ruby Ridge, Waco, and in Miami with a little boy named Elian Gonzalez. I think we'll pass.
On whatever watch-list I get put on for having an opinion about this, I hope I am in good company. I guess I should get my reciepts together for 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006...
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly. - Lovelace
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07-24-09, 03:24 PM #2
Reps sent.Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
07-24-09, 03:32 PM #3
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat
"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter." Ernest Hemingway
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07-24-09, 03:37 PM #4
Tried to rep you but I have to spread it around first.
07-24-09, 03:48 PM #5
Well said Countybear, well said.
07-24-09, 05:02 PM #6
Thank you, Countybear, as always, for making these important points.http://www.odmp.org/officer/16551-de...l-eron-shannon
Police Officers put themselves at risk for strangers every day. Some do not make it home to their families. Next time you think of saying something negative about the police, remember...YOU are one of the strangers.
07-24-09, 05:46 PM #7
I try to give every person a chance. Call me what you wish but I try and find the good in just about everyone. Most of the time. I was given a well deserved "education" during the election. Well more politically educated persons than myself attempted to show me what was coming. Trying to keep a bit of optimism I said I'll give him a chance. Similar to what I gave my former Chief. A lesson I did not seem to learn well the first time. Needless to say I was told.
Strike one. Saying over and over again he had "inherited" the largest deficit ever and still he spearheads a 1.8 trillion dollar spending bill to make it worse. Even his own people are now telling him it isn't working.
Strike two. A week before we decend on D.C. for Police Week he announces the police survivors benefits are being cut by millions. Yes I know that by law the expenses must still be covered if it goes over budget. That is not my point. Timing folks, timing.
Strike three. If that wasn't bad enough, twice he sends his spineless Attorney General to be thrown under the bus because he doesn't have the balls to face us and own up to what he/they did. Coward.
Now that he has struck out he comes back for strike four.
Strike four. This is a bit personal but since I can't speak to him in person I'll just vent here a little.
Mr. President you can kiss my ass. And I sincerely mean that. I wonder whats next. How dare you make a fly by night comment against a career law enforcement officer, whom you do not know, in a case you admittedly know nothing about. You open your mouth and help make this a media quagmire and go back to your White House. This officer does his job and after you help make this a media quagmire he goes back to the street. Now he faces people you have helped stoke a fire under.
Stupid? I'll give you stupid. Stupid would be me trying to tell you how to run the country. I'm a cop not a president. In turn stupid is you making a judgement on this officer and you know NOTHING of being a law enforcement officer. And you didn't even have an almighty video to refer to. God knows a video would have given you the right to fire this police officer on the spot like you did the GM CEO. Hell while you're at it fire the damn Chief. Then you can run a car company and a police department. Neither of which you know dick about. I hope history finds that you were the alleged great hope of America during your campaign and then the President that lost his backing the fastest of any other. 8 months into your administration and some of your own people are wondering what the hell you are doing. Your approval rating is in the crapper. Apparently since you think your sh*t doesn't stink you can't tell.
It amazes me at how everyone seems to know more about law enforcement than law enforcement officers. Mr. President you may know the law. You may think you know officers. But I can promise you that you don't know squat about enforcement. And in case you missed it...that is what this is about!
Yes I've had a few cups of coffee, I'm going back for more and I'm just a little miffed about this incident. Mr. President I think you need what my kids get every once in a while when they think they know what they're talking about. A good, solid, quick slap to the back of the head.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012
07-24-09, 09:15 PM #8
Damn,what can I say????we have our own poet laureats.lewis and CB have said everything I feel,and were I to TRY to add to it ,would feel the fool.Thanks guys,glad I know you,and glad to call you friend.
07-24-09, 09:56 PM #9
I am unable to rep CB until some rep is spread around. Can someone please get him for me?The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
07-24-09, 10:49 PM #10No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
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07-24-09, 11:17 PM #11SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
07-24-09, 11:51 PM #12
CB again you show us what a silver tongue is. Well said Sir.
Pretty women make us BUY beer. Ugly women make us DRINK beer. --Al Bundy
07-25-09, 12:31 AM #13
We should post this on our main page.
07-25-09, 10:24 AM #14
Excellent as always, CB.
07-31-09, 06:11 AM #15
Outstanding post as usual CB. I wouldn't piss on BO if he were on fire. In my personal opinion he doesn't deserve the loyalty of the Secret Service agents who protect him. Piss on this impostor/socialist hack.JamesDept of the Army Civilian Police"Loyalty above all else, except Honor"Never forget those who fell on 9/11/01S&W beats 4 Aces every time
07-31-09, 04:14 PM #16
Pretty women make us BUY beer. Ugly women make us DRINK beer. --Al Bundy
07-31-09, 04:58 PM #17JamesDept of the Army Civilian Police"Loyalty above all else, except Honor"Never forget those who fell on 9/11/01S&W beats 4 Aces every time
07-31-09, 09:16 PM #18
08-01-09, 02:28 AM #19
Another one here who will not use the title of "President" until he proves he's eligible to hold the job. Like where is proof of birth, and proof of citizenship?
Countybear, well spoken sir.Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.-- Anonymous
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08-01-09, 08:49 PM #20
Choose The Right. When you're doing whats right, then you have nothing to worry about.
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