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Monday, July 15, 2013

Obama Exploits Zimmerman Case to Push Progressive Agenda

As Rahm Emanuel at the begging of the Obama Presidency "never let a crisis go to waste, " its a lesson Obama still follows.  Yesterday, possibly after waiting for poll results, the President finally  spoke out about the Zimmerman trial results.

On the positive side he did call for calm and acceptance of the jury decision.
“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,” said Obama
But then he launched into selling his anti-Gun agenda:
“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. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin,” Obama said. 
Keep in mind part of the reason for this show-trial was Obama's incitement of the the case "If I had a child he would look like Trayvon Martin" (which made some question whether Michelle was sleeping with Trayvon's dad).  Another action leading to the trial was the DOJ spending our tax dollars to help organize the anti-Zimmerman trials.
Obama also suggested today that the Florida controversy might justify for further federal intervention in Americans’ social lives.

“We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities,” he said in the statement.

In prior statements, Obama has highlighted his progressive view that federal government should play a larger part in Americans’ lives, usually at the expense of non-government groups, such as churches, unions, companies and civic groups, which are now struggling amid much increased social diversity.
It would have been nice if the President had used this opportunity to call for unity, to mention that George Zimmerman has been found not guilty and should now be left alone.  But this is not president who never believed in uniting the country, his progressive agenda has been all about labeling people and divisiveness. 

1 comment:

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Of course the President wants to push it, but it is just as much a problem than an opportunity. He wants to use this to mobilze the base (to that extent a non guilty verdict works for him). Black voters are upset (most wanted a conviction) and they want Dems to act.

But a civil rights violation? The FBI issued a report months ago saying there was no racial animus in the Zimmerman case. The Martin family might go after Zimmerman for wrongful death, but he probably has no insurance or assets at this point other than maybe a potential book deal and his claims against NBC and others for slander. And a civil case is no slam dunk either.

I also find it strange that groups like Occupy are calling for justice for Trayvon, not realizing that giving more power to prosecutors will likely result in more young black men going to prison.