Is there a common denominator between (1) the officer Crowley, Professor Gates and President Obama situation, (2) Justice Sotoamayor, and (3) the likes of Sen. Tom Daschle, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, HHS Secretary Sibelius, and Congressman Rangel?
The focus of the media in the first instance has been on racism. It should be on law abiding. A complaint was made, police responded and a need for a calm "welcome to my house and feel free to look around" was all that was needed. The officers had a legal right to seek to know if another - possibly a threat to them - was in the house, if the man they were speaking with was in fear from something inside. But Gates placed himself above the law.
The justice, in her remarks over the years, placed herself above the law as a "wise Latina woman." It is not hard for judges to put themselves above the law; I did so when I was a judge.
The four prominent figures placed themselves above the law when it came to payment of their taxes.
But there is, I fear, more in common. There is an unwillingness to candidly admit to a mistake. This, together with the initial actions, shows a lack of humility, an arrogance, a sense of elitism and of being different from - above - all others.
It is, I fear, a building of an aristocracy who will see us commoners through the not-so-benevolent eyes of a plantation master.
That is my fear for our nation.
Bill Bontrager, Hesperus