When I don’t p.o. a cop, this is thinking I go through, except more complicated. Or maybe I just don’t want to get cuffed.
Nice analysis of the distinction between conservatives and libertarians.
I was once labeled a “libertarian-leaning theoconservative”, which may not be too far off. I flirted pretty heavy with libertarianism in my 20s. However, it’s now my view that libertarianism is fundamentally a movement of the Left, and the common ground on some issues between libertarians and conservatives is largely a historical accident. Not that we should avoid trying to expand that common ground as much as our principles permit.
Obviously, I don’t have enough facts to form a defensible opinion, but if that doesn’t stop the President of the United States, why should it stop me?
Based on what little I’ve read, I believe that Officer Crowley acted properly at every step of the way at least as far as the arrest. And Professor Gates acted boorishly. About the arrest for disorderly conduct, I don’t know enough to have an opinion about whether it was justified, but, as a general matter, I do believe that there are some cops that act as though it’s a crime to give them an earful. It may not be smart, and it may not be polite, but it’s not always a crime to tell a cop where to stick it.
But don’t let it be said that I’m not sympathetic to the thin blue line! http://www.jrganymede.com/2009/04/01/put-your-back-in-to-it/
Based on that photo you linked, GST, I’m guessing that while it may not be a crime to tell a cop to stick it on your lower jaw, its probably not a good idea.
That photo is a good example of why I am a Librarytarian. Sometimes I’d rather look on from a distance than be there when history is made.