This week’s mainstream media news has been dominated by two sagas that have gone on…and on…
The arrest and continuing investigation in the death of Trayvon Martin, and the goings on in Colombia that has led to the resignations of several of Mr. Obama’s Secret Service detail.
No surprise this is an election year. With these two cases also politically reported, for the most part, on all national cable and news stations.
The media spins and politicalization of the Trayvon Martin case is being used to propagandize and challenge American’s Second Amendment rights, and also a law passed in the Florida legislature upholding the common law and a citizens right to bear arms and protect his life and property.
This case continues to be one of the fact that there were no clear eyewitnesses to what occurred, and only telephone conversations with both a girlfriend, and the 911 operators prior to the death of Mr. Martin.
It is also being used to facilitate the "hate crimes" legislation recently passed by the federal government – a law which makes basic human emotions when committing a crime also a crime in and of itself.
Not merely motivation at this point, but a crime for any American to have any ill feelings or act upon those feelings in any manner whatsoever a federal crime.
No matter what the origins or "mitigating circumstances" for that emotion might "justifiably" be.
I mean hate is wrong in and of itself. Humans definitely MUST NOT hate anything or anyone.
Although God was a little partial in his wisdom as far as his tolerance levels.
He definitely did have a bottom line.
It is a criminal matter to hate based upon gender, race, religion or sexual preference.
Of course, legislating emotions is now also within the purview of "the State."
Not simply any crimes which may be committed upon those emotions as evidence of motivation.
The handling of this case also bears a great deal of scrutiny and questioning.
The Fifth Amendment provides:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Where is the Grand Jury indictment here?
Well, the prosecutor decided to petition the court in order to have a "bench indictment" issued in this case, bypassing the Grand Jury (or people) of the State of Florida.
Of course, this will also drag out the case for months, or possibly years…since all those motions and bail hearings and other legal maneuvers can now be ruled upon and sanctioned merely by a judge.
When a Grand Jury would be charged with determining whether or not there was enough evidence to even bring Mr. Zimmerman to trial, thus saving the taxpayers the costs of a trial if it was determined by the Grand Jury that there wasn’t.
I understand and can empathize with Mr. Martin’s parents…truly…to lose a child in such a way in any circumstances must be devastating for them.
But we have a Constitutional process here that, for all intents and purposes, is being ignored which is also feeding the media frenzy, not to negate the efforts of Mr. Sharpton also to get his face time before the cameras, rather than simply calling for the "will of the people" in the proscribed manner to be carried out here.
And I continue to wonder…just why is it that so many of these highly publicized and high profile crimes or incidents seem to happen in Florida?
As far as the second story, what happened in Colombia obviously isn’t going to remain in Colombia.
Nor should it.
I just wonder why Mr. Obama was in Colombia to begin with…since we do have a Secretary of State and ambassadors to handle all those global conferences that seem to increase by the year.
Tune in next week.
I’m sure it will be more of the same.