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President Barack Obama on Zimmerman verdict: Don’t get swept up in the racial anger I helped foment

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Barack Obama, community organizer: Work people into a frenzy. Divide them by race, or gender, or religion, or economic status, or whatever it takes. Then pretend to be the calm, reasonable moderator.

People are still falling for it, apparently, or he wouldn’t keep doing it. He just put out a statement on the George Zimmerman verdict, and it’s classic Obama. Let’s examine it piece by piece:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.

Would George Zimmerman’s death have been a tragedy, if he hadn’t defended himself and Trayvon Martin had succeeded in beating him to death? Something tells me Obama wouldn’t have cared. After all, Zimmerman doesn’t look like Obama’s son.

I know this case has elicited strong passions.

Of course. That was the whole point. That was why Obama inserted himself into it in the first place. That’s why, when he was asked about the case, he didn’t just say he couldn’t comment on an ongoing investigation. That’s why he disgraced the office of the President of the United States to divide people by race.

And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.

It’s pretty funny for Obama to pay lip service to our “nation of laws.” He’s never met a law he’s not willing to ignore if it doesn’t suit him.

And if he really wanted “calm reflection,” why hasn’t he spoken out against all the less-than-calm reflection surrounding this case? Has he ever condemned the smear campaign against Zimmerman? Has he ever said it’s wrong to edit Zimmerman’s 911 call to make him sound racist, and give out his Social Security Number, and tweet what was believed to be his home address, and all the rest of it?

Of course Obama hasn’t said anything about it. That’s what he’s been counting on. That’s what he wants.

And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.

Now we’re getting down to it. Gun control. A Hispanic guy shot a black guy who was beating his head against the sidewalk, so let’s grab up all the guns. Let’s keep people from being able to defend their own lives.

Nobody ask Obama about gun violence in gun-controlled Chicago, okay?

We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this.

Sure thing, President Scold. How about teaching our young men not to beat people up, because they might not win? That could stop a “tragedy” or two.

As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

You dishonor him by using him as yet another political pawn, Mr. President. I’d say you should be ashamed of yourself, if I thought you were even capable of it.

So there you have it. Let’s hear it, commenters: Tell me why you hate the Hispanic guy who defended his own life and was found not guilty of murder.

And more importantly, tell me why it’s racist to criticize Obama for the things he says and does.

P.S. Neil Munro has more.

P.P.S. Ace: “One cannot speak about Zimmerman’s putative vigilante impulses without also considering as well Martin’s possible decision to go vigilante that night.”


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Jim Treacher