Time for another entry in this regular feature on The Liberty Sphere that I call, 'Musings After Midnight,' so named because these observations come during sleepless nights, well after the midnight hour.
There is a bright side to taking certain medications that keep one awake. One is that one can think clearly without distraction. I like the quiet that the wee hours of the night afford. I can allow my mind to be set loose, to wander wherever it will, which has the positive effect of enhancing creativity.
I like playing around with words. I have been a wordsmith most of my adult life having taught English at one point when I was still very young and thought I knew it all, and having written countless sermons, devotionals, articles, and various and sundry other masterpieces that I had hoped would dazzle readers all over the world to the point of their rising up in one unified chorus of adoration.
That never happened. Wonder why.
At any rate, I do love to fool with words, such as alliteration, which you will often find in some of my articles, blog posts, and even in the Second Amendment News Roundup. Sometimes the reader has to watch closely or you miss my attempts at subtle humor. And yes, I know it is the trivial, trifling travail of a twisted mind. But I get it honest.
Did I tell you that I once worked on a 2nd Master's degree in English Rhetoric and Composition? Only a word geek would do such a thing. I don't know what lasting benefit I received from such an education other than to nurture my need to navigate the niche of etymology. But perhaps it has served me well given that at present my life's work revolves primarily around writing.
On to weightier things.
One of the issues that has been on my mind of late is, of course, the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. We can mourn the loss of any life, and our hearts and prayers go out to the young man's family and friends. It is a loss that likely could have been avoided. Such things happen on a daily basis in this country, and it is always regrettable.
However, there is still much that we don't know. Trying the case on TV, in the court of public opinion, is always a colossal mistake. Already much of what TV news has told us has been proved to be false. George Zimmerman never uttered a racial epithet at Martin. NBC News is in a heap of trouble for doctoring the audio, which it admitted happened.
There is, thus, a huge lingering doubt hanging over the notion that this is a case of a so called 'hate crime' that was racially motivated.
Given that the audio was doctored and we now know that Zimmerman never referred to Martin in racially derogatory terms, does this then mean that the race baiters, such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, are going to apologize for stirring up the fires of racial hatred in this country?
Of course not. But Obama, the mainstream media, and every politician in America should demand such an apology.
These two demagogues, charlatans who have assumed the name of 'Christian minister,' raced to the scene in lightening speed to rev up the rhetoric, call Zimmerman a cold blooded racist murderer, refer to Trayvon Martin as another Jesus Christ, and call for the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws and gun rights.
The rush to judgment about Zimmerman was bad enough. So was using this tragedy to go after the self-defense rights of American citizens. But the last straw in my book was when Jackson and Sharpton likened the death of Trayvon Martin to that of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What abject BLASPHEMY!
And Jackson, and Sharpton, if you happen to read these words of mine, I want you to know that you are BLASPHEMERS who are a disgrace to the Christian ministry. In my book you are neither ministers nor Christians. You are opportunists who will do anything and say anything, including using a young man's death, to pad your own pockets.
Yes, you are using the death of Trayvon Martin as a fund raising mechanism for your sordid, contemptible activity.
You have the right to say whatever you want in America, but I also have the right to call you out and condemn you. You are beneath contempt.
Due to people like Jackson and Sharpton, it is impossible for George Zimmerman to receive a fair trial. That bus has already left the station. There is too much demagoguery, too much opinion shaping in the press, for there to be any semblance of fairness in his trial. It is a tainted process right from the start. Too many lies have been told, even by the very press itself, for there to be any hope of anyone serving on a jury who does not already have an opinion about what took place, right or wrong.
THAT, my friends, is a travesty of justice. It is a perversion of the American justice system. And people like Nancy Grace on CNN's Headline News Network is one of the worst offenders when it comes to trying a case in the media instead of in a court of law. She should have a ball gag placed in her mouth.
I could say the very same thing about Geraldo Rivera on Fox News, for whom I have never had one ounce of respect whatsoever. I can remember when he was nothing more than a Jerry Springer-type TV talk show host who went the way of the dinosaur like 'Carnie,' Phil Donahue, and Ricki Lake. Fox should have left the monster alone.
Such individuals do nothing but undermine the system of justice in this country by presuming they are privy to facts that only a jury would have.
Perhaps we should start throwing out all cases that have been commented on by these babbling baboons of bilge on TV. And then sue them and the networks that carry them. That would put a stop to the unnecessary, needless, and even dangerous speculation that occurs nonstop, 24/7, on TV regarding the trials of citizens who are to be presumed innocent until proved guilty IN A COURT OF LAW.
And as for Obama? What a convenient way to stir up racial and civil unrest in an election year! This thing fell right into his lap. We will now have a three ring circus in Florida going on while the nation makes up its mind concerning the single most important election since the founding of the Republic. This means that the election will not be about the issues. Obama cannot win if it is about that. But now he has a convenient way of escaping his record on the issues. If he can make this about race, which he WILL, then he has a chance.
But there is a way the race thing could backfire. This crowd in D.C. that came galloping in like a bunch of interlopers from the Chicago wasteland has a rather disturbing history on race that has caught the attention of more than just a few Americans.
One, no sooner had Obama and his gang of Chicago thugs taken office than Eric Holder summarily and without explanation dropped the charges against the New Black Panthers in the voter intimidation case. Here, the Panthers were even caught on video wielding billy sticks and clubs at voters outside a polling place--a federal crime. The Bush Administration had charged them with felony voter intimidation. But Holder dropped the charges within 2 months of the Obama Administration taking office, meaning that it WAS a top priority for them to clear the Black Panthers.
Two, Holder wished to bring Gitmo terrorists right to New York City to stand trial in a civilian court over the 9/11 attacks. Even the ultra-liberal New York City howled with protest over that one. Eventually Holder had to back off, but he did so only after delivering a few well chosen barbs at the citizens of the U.S. for their supposed 'racial and religious prejudice.'
What a bastard.
Three, Holder has not said one word--naught, zilch, nada, about the fact that the New Black Panthers have placed a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman--"wanted, dead or alive."
Under normal circumstances any sitting U.S. Attorney General would have openly condemned such a thing and called for an investigation, or even the arrest of the offenders pending that investigation. But no. Not THIS Attorney General. He and Obama owe too much to the New Black Panthers, one of the most subversive, dangerous, and extreme Leftwing hate groups in the country today.
Even the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Panthers as a hate group. But even that is not good enough for Obama and Holder.
And it is not a coincidence that the Panthers have declared openly that they are waging a race war in America. They even stated on radio that they are coming after the 'honkies,' 'crackers,' 'Jews,' etc, etc.
Why are these people not under arrest and sitting in jail?
Make no mistake, my friends, my views on these matters have nothing to do with race. I condemn the neo-Nazi, white supremacists every bit as much. And, I am heartened that many black Americans are just as appalled by the likes of Jackson and Sharpton as I am. Rational people who think clearly can see the truth and avoid the demagoguery. And that includes millions of black Americans.
My concern is about those who ARE under the influence of these false prophets. Now that they have been manipulated and tainted by the most despicable of the race baiters, which includes madmen like Louis Farrakhan, what will they do? How will they act if Zimmerman is found not guilty? What if a judge decides that there is no sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial?
Any of this is entirely within the realm of possibility. But it is as if the justice system in Florida is being held hostage by a group of racists who demand Zimmerman rot in jail regardless of the facts.
This is, frankly, an unconscionable development in the history of American jurisprudence. And if Jackson and Sharpton had one single decent ounce of integrity within their sorry carcasses, they would be down there in Florida attempting to calm people down rather than fanning the fuel of social unrest.