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Colin Powell has common sense

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Finally, someone with a cool head on their shoulders.  I’d like to hear more from this guy.

Probably the most true to life assessment of the Gates/Police situation yet.


Written by arnold

July 29, 2009 at 8:46 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Sure wish this dude would have run under the Republican Ticket. I bet he would have given President Obama a good lesson in experience and gave America a balanced thinking President unlike the last doofus who occupied the white house. I know Rush and Hannity would have hated him but he really would be a thinking President for all of our people like Obama was trying to make himself out to be, although he may still become. It’s absolutely amazing to listen to this man speak and not turn every comment into a political agenda or a grandstand. I don’t give a crap about his skin color either. I just wish we had people like this man, an American hero, running our country. I think he summed it up a little nicer than I would. Gates is a blow hard who in academic circles is probably untouchable. That don’t mean squat when your butt gets arrested and he got brought down to earth and yelled racism. I don’t for a minute think the officer is a racist but he too could have used an ego check. Two strong personalities who let a situation spiral out of control. Idiots. Thanks for bringing race into something that has nothing to do with anything other than two adult children showing their behinds to the world.

    Even Steven

    July 29, 2009 at 11:04 am

  2. If you look at the picture posted on the CNN article showing Professor Gates in front of his home in handcuffs, you can plainly see that he is continuing to scream as the officer to his left is gesturing him to calm down. This is why this man got arrested. The police officers were dealing with an out of control man who was in a paranoid rage. At any moment, even after being handcuffed, Gates could have taken a deep breath and apologized for his behavior and he would have been released on the spot. Given that, I question Colin Powell’s assertion that both parties involved needed “adult supervision.”


    July 29, 2009 at 11:05 am

    • Part of the reason I believe Mr. Powell may have ommitted any comment on how the officer’s day was going is based on his understanding of being a public servant unlike Mr. Gates. When you work for the American People, you leave your crap at home and act professional at all times because you are being watched, period. This officer may have forgot that. Don’t get me wrong, Gates is a total bonehead and could have just as easily diffused the situation. In this case, the officer is in charge and made the arrest. I agree with Powell. They both could have diffused the deal but the Officer had the power to do so.

      Even Steven

      July 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

  3. Actually no, Colin Powell forgot one critical factor leading up to the situation.

    In Obama like fashion, Colin mentions the “hardships” (my words) the Nutty Professor had prior to arriving home where he was too inept to open his own door.
    So the professor had a long travel day, poor thing. Imagine sitting on an airplane reading a magazine and watching a movie. So stressful being a passenger!

    Colin, what about the cop? Aren’t you concerned or even interested in how the cop’s day was going prior to the Gates call? Answer: The cop had a way more stressful day than the tourist professor.
    No one can imagine what the cop’s day was like but I will assume everyday sucks being a custodian of society primarily dealing with low life criminals all day.
    So cut the cop some slack which is exactly what the Nutty Professor should have done.

    Michael Medieros

    July 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm

  4. When Powell talks, I no longer listen.


    July 29, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    • Excellent insight. Thank you for contributing. I see the light now, how could I have been so mis-informed?

      Even Steven

      July 29, 2009 at 1:05 pm

  5. Even Steven– there is zero evidence that Sgt. Crowley acted in a less than professional manner. Even the neighbors at the scene said that Gates was the only person who was yelling. And they could hear him when he was inside his house. The person who should have shown some appreciation was Professor Gates, who applied his own special kind of racial profiling to officer Crowley.


    July 30, 2009 at 11:34 am

  6. Wow. Where’d all you people come from? 🙂

    Welcome.. in any case.

    My personal thoughts are that Gates had a long travel day, couldn’t get in the house and someone thinking he was a crook was the last straw. He didn’t need to play the race card.

    Crowley on the other hand seemed to have handled everything well up until Gates blew up. At that point, once he knew confirmed that the address was Gates’, the police should have just left. They didn’t deserve the abuse they got but that’s the sucky part about being a public servant sometimes… the lack of appreciation by those who serve.

    What’s cool is that after the so called beer summit, the two seemed to have gained some appreciation of the other’s position.


    July 31, 2009 at 1:03 pm

  7. John, I believe that Arnold has it pretty close. I can act like an arse in my home. Unless I am breaking the law or you have a warrant, stay out or get out. His address and identity were confirmed which at that point SGT Crowley should have left. He let his ego get in the way and took what I can only assume were numerous slanders from Mr Gates personally. THAT is where I question his professionalism. My brother, a police officer here in my town even admitted Crowley should have simply left. Don’t get me wrong, Gates is no angel but he doesn’t have arrest authority, Crowley does as an agent of we the people. Me personally, I would have walked once I saw the situation was not as it originally appeared. The arrest and charges, later dropped, should have never taken place. You can be an ahole at home, it isn’t against the law. Too much testosterone. Gates threw the race card in for good measure which was completely wrong.

    Even Steven

    August 1, 2009 at 7:04 am

  8. What I found wonderful was Officer Crowley helping Gates down the stairs at the White House after the beer summit while Obama was oblivious to the scene behind him, almost like, “Okay, I appeased the masses, next issue please!” Didn’t Obama’s people later “calibrate” an apology for that?


    August 5, 2009 at 11:39 pm

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