The facts of the Trayvon Martin case are still unclear. But that hasn't stopped the all-knowing, all-seeing President Obama from voicing his opinion of the situation. "You know," said Obama, "if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon. All of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen."
Leave aside the fact that Obama's race is completely irrelevant to the situation -- when French Jews were killed in Toulouse last week, Joe Lieberman didn't see fit to announce that those Jews looked like his relatives. Leave aside the media's insane portrayal of Trayvon as a saint, despite his record of graffiti, probable jewelry theft and violence, and drug possession. Leave aside the fact that while Obama's theoretical son may have looked like Trayvon at age 12, he would likely look nothing like Trayvon at age 17, what with the tattoos and gold grill.
Focus instead on the last part of Obama's statement: "All of us have to do some soul-searching."
No, Mr. President. We don't.
Obama implies that we all share some collective guilt for Trayvon's killing. And this is a favorite tactic of the left: We all created the "climate" that led Trayvon Martin to bang George Zimmerman's head on the pavement and led George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon point blank. The "climate" argument allows for all sorts of political maneuvering and situational exploitation. It allows MSNBC hosts to go on the air and blame Rush Limbaugh. It gives leeway for congressmen to invite Trayvon's parents to the Hill to pander to minority members of Congress about Florida's "stand your ground law" -- a law that had nothing to do with the killing if Zimmerman is really as guilty as his opponents suggest, and a law that may have saved Zimmerman's life if the situation went down as Zimmerman and witnesses suggest.
But, of course, none of this actually has to do with Trayvon Martin's death. The death was either the fault of Zimmerman or Martin or both. It wasn't the fault of my 82-year-old Jewish grandmother recovering from eye surgery. It had nothing to do with the Vietnamese family in Downtown Los Angeles trying to keep a grocery running. Neither Trayvon nor Zimmerman were Rush Limbaugh listeners. This absurd "we're all guilty" mentality is just another way for liberals to escape the bottom line conclusion: individuals, not societies, are responsible for the acts they undertake.
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