‘Expert’ analysts’ sound and fury over Zimmerman verdict is signifying nothing
Itoggled in and out of the George Zimmerman trial, so I’m not nearly an authority on the spectacle.
But what the hell? No one else has a foggy inkling of what actually happened that tragic night, and that’s not stopping any of them from blustering ineloquent about what went down.
This is America, this is 2013 — anyone with a blog, a Twitter handle or a reality TV show is presumed an expert analyst. And I have a column, which, while less cool than a reality TV show, is at least as cool as having 200 people follow you on Twitter, so I’ll claim the floor.
How to begin my unlearned commentary about the George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin saga? Let’s try this: Fellow Americans, we have devolved into an utterly ridiculous, hyper-argumentative, hyper-judgmental, can’t-agree-on-nothing breed of zygote – even when we have no clue what we’re talking about.
Witness every minute on cable news in the last week.
If the ongoing nationwide shouting match is any indication of the state of the republic, you’d have a hard time making the case that “we the people” deserve three square meals a day, much less the right of self-government in the greatest nation in the history of the planet.
This is serious social decline. And, yes, all sides are to blame.
First, let’s have a word with you George Zimmerman apologists – all of you who are just absolutely certain that Zimmerman is a hero.
Come in close, and let me whisper something to you: You have no idea if Zimmerman acted in self-defense or if he killed Martin in cold blood.
You think you know whether Zimmerman was standing his ground or giving chase, but you don’t.
You think you know whose voice it was on that 9-11 call, but you don’t.
You think you know that those cuts and abrasions on the back of Zimmerman’s dome prove that he was acting in self-defense, but if cuts and abrasions were per se exculpatory, then OJ Simpson was an innocent man.
So, if it were me, and this is just me, a guy with a column and not a reality TV show, I’d think twice about putting the “We are all George Zimmerman” bumper sticker on your F-150. You don’t know if Zimmerman is a hero or a killer and you never will.
Now a word with the mob — those of you who won’t be content until Zimmerman’s fate is the same as Mel Gibson’s at the end of Braveheart: You have no idea if Zimmerman acted in self-defense or killed Martin in cold blood.
Everything I said to the Zimmerman supporters applies to you, as well
The voice on the 9-11 call? You have no idea.
Chasing him down or standing his ground? You have no idea.
Lacking any actual knowledge of what happened that night, this week the mob has taken to arguing “What more evidence do you need than a dead kid, a gun and a confession?”
If someone breaks into my house in the middle of the night, you can bet that there will be a gun, a body and a confession there, too.
But that won’t make me a killer, and it doesn’t per se make Zimmerman a killer either.
So, if it were me – again, this is just me – I wouldn’t put that “We are all Martin” bumper sticker on my Prius. You don’t know if Martin was smashing Zimmerman’s head into the ground when the fatal shot was fired.
And, speaking of self-defense, the anti-Zimmerman mob would do well to give a rest to this push to leverage all that we don’t know about what happened that fateful night into sweeping attempts to roll back laws that affirm our basic right to protect ourselves and family when confronted with imminent danger or death.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to parlay the Martin-Zimmerman tragedy into a mini-crusade against “stand your ground” laws gives you an exceedingly clear sense of where the gun-hating ilk would take gun control if the whole matter were left entirely up to them.
Remember when Joe Biden said no one would threaten the right of citizens to protect themselves? That was “so last month.”
So it went with the entire Martin/Zimmerman episode. It’s hard to believe that so many people could be so certain over the facts and implications of a tragedy they can’t and won’t ever know much about.
So it goes in America today. We never miss an opportunity to yell.
Josh Penry is a former minority leader of the Colorado Senate. He graduated from Grand Junction High School and Mesa State College.