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President Obama’s comment, "If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon," is one curious statement for a President of the United States, who is a supposed Constitutional scholar. It borders on inciting angry man justice and panders to the lowest unthinking masses in America. Instead of using the incident as a "teaching moment", to teach that facts are gathered around a possible crime and, if determined necessary, decided in court before an impartial jury as to guilt or innocence, the President says nothing close. He panders to the angry crowd.
I have no idea what went on between Zimmerman and Trayvon. Let the facts come out. But the facts, to date, suggest there is more than one side to this story. Far from being a racist, Zimmerman’s lawyer says Zimmerman mentored black youth. On CNN, Zimmerman’s lawyer said that Zimmerman had a broken nose and a huge gash on the back of his head, suggesting a pretty violent struggle.
On the recording of a 911 call, repeated cries of “help” can be heard before the gunshot. A witness says those cries were made by Zimmerman who was on the ground being beaten by Martin.
Again, I hold no opinion as to what happened. all the facts need to come out.
But, while Obama may fear for a son he doesn’t have, who might look like Trayvon. I fear the continuing collapse of rule based on the Constitution and in the ideals it tried to shape, especially via the Bill of Rights. Crowd hysteria, politically-correct hate, envy and a massive creeping moves toward central planning means many of us could in the future be trampled and look like George Zimmerman, probably worse.
Reprinted with permission from Economic Policy Journal.