Mike Gallagher

It seems to me that the Zimmerman prosecution and ugly aftermath leaves us with a teachable moment about today’s liberal. Now is the time to debunk, point by point, the three issues that made liberals fixate on the utter lie that led to the malicious prosecution of George Zimmerman:

1) The Second Amendment -- The jury had barely cleared out of the Sanford courtroom when gun-haters like President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg denounced the verdict as another reason to challenge the rights of law-abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves. “We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives in this country on a daily basis”, the President said after the Zimmerman verdict. “Gun violence?” No, Mr. President, the jury decided this was a case about a man’s right to defend his life, just like the brave U.S. Secret Service agents do on your behalf every minute of every hour of every day. Your life is defended by men and women with guns. I’m sure you’re as grateful as the rest of us for your armed protection. Just as I’m certain Mayor Bloomberg is appreciative of the well-armed bodyguards and cops who protect his life each and every day, despite his stubborn belief that ordinary Americans aren’t entitled to that same protection for themselves. While race has been in the forefront of the Zimmerman case, I’m convinced the contempt that liberals have for law-abiding gun owners has fanned the flames of hysteria;

2) Racial profiling -- Want to fire up a liberal? Dare to suggest that a nervous looking young Middle Eastern man standing in a TSA line to get on an airplane should be scrutinized. The left goes positively berserk over the concept of “profiling” a suspected bad guy. That’s why we face the prospect of little old ladies in wheelchairs being practically strip searched while Muslim activists dare a TSA officer to conduct an extra layer of security on them. Libs are convinced that police profiling is code for racism, even though profiling is successfully conducted every day in communities everywhere. If a white kid in a shiny BMW is driving through a black housing project known for drug deals, you can be sure that police officers in the area will pay special attention to him. The left would call that “racial profiling.” The rest of us call it good police work.

3) America is a racist nation -- If you are convinced that we are a nation of evil, angry bigots who are just longing for a chance to discriminate against people of color, I guess you’d have a very difficult time being objective about the George Zimmerman acquittal. But if one were to be objective about the state of race relations in America today, one would have to conclude that we have certainly come a long, long way. Liberals roll their eyes at anyone pointing out that we are a country that, after all, twice elected a black man to be President of the United States. But it’s a plain fact that we live in a nation with many uber-wealthy and influential black leaders, whether they are TV and movie stars or professional athletes or politicians or CEO’s. Are there still racists among us? Of course there are. Evil is everywhere. But to believe that this is a country that resembles the Jim Crow-era is ludicrous and disingenuous.

Few news stories can demonstrate the stark difference between conservatism and liberalism like the George Zimmerman trial has done. I hope and pray that Americans of all races and ideologies will honor the courage of those six jurors in Sanford, Florida by standing up to the Al Sharptons of the world and voice support for truth and evidence and facts and the greatness of the United States of America. One this is clear: After watching the shrill reaction from liberals to the George Zimmerman verdict, I am reminded about why I’m proud to be a conservative.

Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is a nationally syndicated radio host, Fox News Channel contributor and guest host and author of 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate.