President Obama: Time to Try Again on Trayvon

This is a guest post. 

Can anyone, anywhere, please ask President Obama to speak to the country, invoke Lincoln and appeal to “the Better Angels of our Nature?”

We need it. Now.

It’s time for you to speak about the Trayvon Martin tragedy again.

On November 3rd, 2008, The Michigan Daily said, “…Obama has proven that he can bridge racial, religious, age and partisan lines.”

Mr. President, bridge these lines.

Right now – as I type this – there are at least five people either on the run, in hiding, underground, or terrorized.

They aren’t fugitives from the Law. They are the pursued prey of The Mob.

Obama in the Rose Garden

Photo by Keith Koffler

And I’m not talking about criminals – as of yet. I’m talking about George Zimmerman – who shot Trayvon Martin – Zimmerman’s parents, and the McClains, a couple who had had their address tweeted by Spike Lee, who mistakenly thought they were Zimmerman’s parents.

Zimmerman may be guilty of a crime. We don’t know yet. In this country, you are innocent until proven guilty. And you don’t get arrested until there is sufficient evidence against you. Arrest shouldn’t happen when The Mob demands it.

And Mr. President, while your Justice Department is investigating the possibility of a race crime, as it should, have it also find out what’s behind the threats being made on people’s lives.

Who are the public faces of this particular Mob?

Al Sharpton has been making himself hoarse stirring demonstrations demanding Zimmerman’s immediate arrest. Sharpton now threatens more civil disobedience and economic punishment of the city of Sanford, where the shooting occurred, if Zimmerman is not taken into custody.

Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) called for Zimmerman’s physical detention for his own “safety.” I don’t think many Appeals Court Judges would agree someone can be deprived of liberty indefinitely by the Government to keep them “safe.”

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan promised “retaliation” if there is no “justice” in the case. Instead of yawning, the Justice Department should ask pertly, “what retaliation and against whom?”

The New Black Panther Party has offered $10,000 for the “capture” of George Zimmerman. DOJ should ask, “Hey, what’s with the contract you put out?”

The New Black Liberation Militia has declared, “We’ll find him” – referring to George Zimmermann. “And do what, Militia?” Eric Holder should demand.

Roseanne Barr pitilessly corrected Spike Lee’s mistake with the actual address. She apologized. Her apology effectively means nothing, but the future lawsuit will help correct her future meanness.

Spike Lee now says “Please Leave The McCLain’s (sic) in peace” to his followers, who number more than a couple of hundred thousand and all have the McClains’ address. Yikes. That’s like a small, mid-western city. You’re darned right, Spike; you could be in a ton of trouble if anything does happen to them.

What about the @KillZimmermann Twitter account?


And is there any concern about people who bear even a vague resemblance to Zimmerman?

Mr. President, I watched your speech in Arizona last year from a hospital bed following surgery from complications from a gunshot wound I received in Afghanistan a long, long time ago. I was heartened a little then as I lay there.

You were helping the country heal from the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. You asked for civility.

Now you must ask for something even more relevant to your office: The rule of law.

Mr. President, if you had a son, he may well have borne a strong resemblance to Trayvon Martin. But the senior Mr. Zimmerman may bear a strong resemblance to your actual white grandfather.

Mr President, how ‘bout it?

The author chooses to be anonymous. James Locke is a pseudonym. The views are the author’s own.

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