Stand Your Ground: Cruz questions President, McCain questions law, GOP is engaged-a political crisis is brewing

The killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman engaged the President. He felt compelled to speak out.

Activist Al Sharpton and the protestors of the acquittal held “Justice for Trayvon” rallies in 100 cities. They felt compelled to speak out.

The Trayvon Martin case has now engaged GOP politicians who also feel compelled to speak out.

Gun violence, Stand Your Ground laws, race, black youth, racism and racial politics are swirling around and emerging as major hot button issues for policy debates and national political elections.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz questioned the motives of President Barack Obama in speaking out about the killing, the acquittal and race relations. Cruz sees President Obama’s comments as a political attack on the Second Amendment right of gun owners to keep and bear arms. LINK:

Republican Senator John McCain disagrees with Cruz’s assessment. But, McCain feels that Arizona’s Stand Your Ground laws should be reviewed because of the outcome of the Martin case. LINK:

So it seems that conservative blogger and political pundit Hugh Hewitt made a salient comment about race: “Race may be the only issue . . . which puts the country in a pretty difficult place for the next three plus years.” LINK:

Indeed, Hewitt apparently is correct.

It was difficult for policy makers and politicians to talk about and deal with women’s rights during the 2012 Presidential Election.

Imagine what the contours of the policy debates will be, what the media coverage will be and what the political outcomes could be should politicians take on and speak out on issues like gun violence, Stand Your Ground laws, race, black youth and racism in the 2014 and 2016 elections?

The lids will blow for sure!

Zimmerman stood his ground. He killed an unarmed black teenager and was acquitted.

Little could he imagine or foresee, however, that his bullet would trigger a national policy debate and a potential political crisis for the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman, race and racial politics

Federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman, race and racial politics could influence the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Think about the long term implications of what conservative blogger Hugh Hewitt said about President Barack Obama’s comments on the George Zimmerman acquittal for killing Trayvon Martin.

“Race may be the only issue . . . which puts the country in a pretty difficult place for the next three plus years.” LINK:

The “Justice for Trayvon Martin” rallies, in 100 or more cities across the nation, inspired by MSNBC host Al Sharpton, and the related media coverage, arguably could lead to federal charges George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. What else would cool and temper the passions of protestors and media critics which have been stoked by Zimmerman’s acquittal of criminal charges in a Florida state court?

A federal  civil rights case against Zimmerman easily would keep the passions live and extend the media coverage cycle on race and racial politics through the 2014 mid-term elections.

And, it could be enough to get protestors and other folks supporting to turn out and vote, particularly in the 20 or more states which have adopted Stand Your Ground laws modeled after Florida’s law. LINK:

Could those issues spill over to the 2016 Presidential Election?

Of course!

That’s what Hugh Hewitt apparently projects “for the next three plus years!”

Do you?

Trayvon Martin could have been . . . the demise of Stand Your Ground laws

At the White House Press Conference, President Barack Obama stunned the assembled press corps with his extended remarks about the Trayvon Martin case.

President Obama said that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” LINK:

But, the President did more than talk about race relations and the need for more sensitivity by state and local officials to racial issues. He also took aim at the cultural impact of Stand Your Ground laws which authorize the use of deadly force instead of retreating in the face of a perceived threat. He suggested that the laws should be changed.

How can the President do that at the federal level?


Adopt policies through the Department of Homeland Security which come as close as legally possible to mandate a change in such laws by states and local jurisdictions as a condition for receiving the billions in DHS funding granted each year.

With the recent departure of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, President Obama may have the opportunity to influence those policy changes. That would be through the appointment of New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as the new DHS Secretary.

No doubt, Kelly’s appointment would be controversial because of the controversy about racial profiling by the NYPD. LINK:

However, if Kelly is willing to buy into a policy strategy that would lead to the elimination or diminution of Stand Your Ground laws, he is probably one of the leading lawmen in the nation who could get the bi-partisan support need in the U. S. Senate to get confirmed.

INFORMANT! INFORMANT! INFORMANT! George Zimmerman, killer of Trayvon Martin, obviously is an informant.

MJB’s Opinion

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

Can there be any doubt?

Radio Station V-103 in Chicago [WVAZ Radio, "Today's R & B," 102.7 FM] reports (Quote):

According to a records search on George, he was previously arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer without violence and most shockingly, resisting an officer with violence — a felony charge that surely could have landed him in prison.

All three of those arrests, however, were mysteriously closed with no semblance of charges for the Florida resident.


And, George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old, in cold blood more than 30 days ago, has yet to be arrested?

It’s not that he is the son of a retired judge.

It’s that he’s an informant, plain and simple, who has been protected by the authorities in Sanford, Florida, and who to this day is still being protected by them !!!

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