In a nationally televised speech President Obama, who was trying to make a case for military intervention in Syria had this to say;
And so to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with a failure to act when a cause is so plainly just.
To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.
In case you missed it, the President’s friends on the Left believe in freedom and dignity (Trayvon Martin and his family), while those on the right are only committed to America’s military might (gun-toting Zimmerman). That is how the Zimmerman story was sold to the public, a young child should be free to walk home from the store and not worry about gun-toting, trigger-happy vigilantes bullies. That this did not bear the closest resemblance to the truth of that night is immaterial, the truth is what you make of it.
Some of my friends who identify with the left, are put out that members of the Zimmerman family are now embroiled in right-leaning media outlets, after all they are left leaning and they supported Zimmerman. But there lies in the problem with labels, you can be socially liberal and conservative in other manners or vice versa. Polls have consistently shown that Blacks as a group are socially conservative but liberal in towards government policy. This makes sense since the feeling is that government liberated them and it is that government that keeps them that way. Again, truth has little to do with it but the perception that counts.
Right now George Zimmerman is a celebrity, though not of his own making, anything he does or say is picked up as news. But should it? As if the last 18 moths had not been hard enough, he now faces an uncertain future. He has no money, no job (or prospects of getting one), no home and pretty soon no marriage. I have tried to avoid the impending divorce of the Zimmermans as I see it as another victim of other people’s agenda, who have use the incident to profit themselves.
Recent revelations that some family members were actively plotting against Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, the lack of closure in the case, the impending unresolved at that time case of perjury against his wife, and all the outside influences providing advice, counsel, reclamations were due to have an effect. It is hard to imagine how it had to be for someone to spend over a year. on a 6am to 6pm curfew, hiding, trying to avoid looking at the news, your future in limbo and all your plans shattered.
Zimmerman has lost more than any can imagine, and I can see why young Shellie Zimmerman may want to branch out in life. Trayvon Martin, though dead, has a Foundation in his name, streets are named after him, as may laws, he universally seen as a victim, the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona wants to name an asteroid after him, the TM061 which had been discovered in 2000 but had remained unnamed. But none of these is enough, the sharks are still circling for blood.
Whether you feel that Zimmerman instigated the incident by following Trayvon or not, the fact remains that Zimmerman is a victim of a vicious attack that at least in his mind left him with no choice but to pull out his gun and shoot. Of a society that glamorize violence, sexism, nihilism but is too afraid to say, hey that is just too much. By a society, that divides everything into left or right, rather right or wrong. By a society who is skeptical about religion, but believes in vampires, ghosts and aliens. A society that willingly blinds itself to the truth, if it is inconvenient, it the right people say so. A society that allows ourselves to be divided by emotion, disregarding consequences. It was emotion that drove Trayvon to attack Zimmerman and to continue attacking him, even after John Goode had told him to stop. It is emotion that the President was using to try to get the Nations approval for a military strike. just as it was emotion that the prosecution was counting on to convict Zimmerman.
It is these same obsessive emotions that keep us hounding Zimmerman, let’s give the man a break.