Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Who's Teaching Whom?

There is a great deal to be learned from the "Gates-gate" incident. However, as Ruben Navarette points out, the true lessons may not match up with the racially-charged views of Professor Gates and our president.

First lesson: When a law enforcement officer shows up at your door in response to a call, remove any attitude chip from your shoulder.

Second lesson: When asked to produce identification by said officer, comply promptly, calmly, and without complaint.

Third lesson: Keep in mind that police risk their lives minute-to-minute to protect our individual safety, and behave with appropriate respect.

Fourth lesson: If you end up arrested because you never learned the first three lessons, accept personal responsibility and don't misplace the blame on the police officer.

Fifth lesson: A president who announces in a televised press conference that a police officer "acted stupidly," is acting stupidly.