Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny
Now that the second degree murder trial of George Zimmerman is over, with the jury's proper verdict of "not guilty", the nation begins the process of sorting out what it all means. As well as how the nation should move forward, if it moves at all.
View the following CNN video with Van Jones and Newt Gingrich... then, you be the judge. If reading body language helps pay close attention, it might aid you in making up your mind.
Now, some takes from your's truly...
This case is not about race. It is about a very stupid individual that acted stupidly in ignoring the police dispatcher's instructions on that fateful night.
The DA, as well as the prosecuting team botched both the indictment and the prosecution of the indictment. Place the responsibility where it belongs rather than screaming racism.
Bottom line, Zimmerman walked because an inept DA AMD prosecutors. It was not a case of second degree murder. Manslaughter or negligent homicide yes. And, that is how the state should have prosecuted the case.
Take 2 - The claim of racism has become so commonplace it clouds the ability to look beyond to find the truth.
Take 3 - I'm getting the feeling this whole affair might just have been planed.
1) DA brings wrong charges...
2) Prosecution could not make the case to get a conviction(intentionally?)...
3)In jumps DoD where it left off...
4) Federal civil rights violations charged...
5) Family brings wrongful death suit...
A repeat of the OJ fiasco... and both Holder and the President get some positive publicity.
Really, Zimmerman should be made to pay some price for his abject stupidity (which by the way in and of itself is not a crime) that resulted in the untimely and unnecessary death of an innocent young man (not a child).
I'm not an attorney or a judge but I think 12 to 20 might be reasonable.
Stand your ground works when you have NO other alternative. Zimmerman had alternatives he CHOSE not to take.
Take 4 - Parents of any young man (or children as well given the drive by shootings and all in neighborhoods) should be concerned that things like this happen.
This is an issue of individual lack of judgement in Zimmerman's case as well as a systemic (cultural) issue.
If reason can prevail (on both sides) there is a chance the systemic (cultural) issues can be resolved.
The individual lack of judgement and respect for the rights of others will always exist. It is how we deal with these that determines who we are as a people.
Calm, following a storm almost always leads to the most appropriate implementation of safeguards.
There you have it. The takes by Van Jones, Newt Gingrich, and your's truly. What is important is your take.
What say you?