Danny Lemieux, here. Watching the unfolding hysteria with regard to the Zimmerman trial in Florida, it is hard for me not to interpret the activities of the Obama Administration and the media as active provocation designed to induce riots and retribution against George Zimmerman. The mainstream media has already judged the man guilty and appears to have no compunctions about “fabricated” evidence to further inflame peoples’ passions: starting with NBC’s deliberate omissions in its replay of the Zimmerman non-emergency call to the police).
I credit Ann Coulter with calling out the Democrat /Progressive /Left for its historical associations with mob behavior and violence, as outlined in her excellent book Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America.
In the U.S., it was Republican President U.S. Grant that shut down the budding KKK violence by Southern Democrats, stoked by former Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and given legislative cover by Northern Democrats. Later, it was Republican Presidents like Teddy Roosevelt, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Dwight Eisenhower that fought Democrat-stoked, resurgent-KKK agitation, violence and lynching against blacks, Catholics, Jews and Republicans. In contrast, resurgent KKK activity from the 1890s until the early 1960s was actively promoted by Democrat, Progressive luminaries such as: eugenicists Margaret Sanger and Madison Grant; President Woodrow Wilson; Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, and Senate Leader Robert Byrd.
So, where are we today? Zimmerman hasn’t legally been found guilty of anything (yet) but he appears already to have been convicted by so many in our society today all-too willing to scream for retribution. As others have observed, had both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin been black, this incident wouldn’t have merited a footnote.
Has anything really changed? And, if so, why isn’t anyone calling this out for what it is: a race-based lynching? Finally and more fundamentally, what is it that historically divides Democrats and Republicans so when it comes to violent, mob behavior?