If right-wing politics are to blame for Trayvon Martin’s death, who is to blame for Brian Terry’s death?
Despite the fact that we don’t know all the details behind Trayvon Martin’s killing, and despite the fact that there is still in ongoing investigation into the case, several Democrats have already made their minds up about what happened that night. Either Trayvon Martin was needlessly gun downed that night by an out of control George Zimmerman, or Zimmerman was acting in self-defense after being attacked by Martin.
The truth is, we simply do not know at this point. Yet here we have people in the federal government, who should know better, weighing in on a tragic incident without having a clue what really happened and they are doing it for purely political reasons. Need proof? We need look no further than the DNC’s attempt at using the killing to register voters.
After Nadal Hassan started shouting “Allah Akbar” and assassinated 13 brave heroes at Fort Hood the president went on national television and warned the American people not to “jump to conclusions” because not all the facts were in. Yet, here is Al Sharpton calling for an increase in civil disobedience if George Zimmerman is not arrested. Is he not jumping to conclusions? And what about Nancy Pelosi, who stated if the investigation didn’t turn out the way she thought it should (with the arrest of Zimmerman) than perhaps the Congress should get involved because there are “other options” that could be considered? Is she not jumping to conclusions? And need I mention the New Black Panthers, who have decided to take the law into their own hands by offering a bounty for the capture of Zimmerman? Where is the president and why isn’t he telling these people not to jump to conclusions? Why is he telling the rest of us it was time to search our souls when we aren’t the ones involved in this case?
But of course the AFL-CIO had to get involved in this as well; yesterday the Executive Vice-President of the AFL-CIO, Arlene Holt Baker, predictably blamed conservative right-wing politics for the death of Trayvon Martin–namely Florida’s “stand your ground” bill. You know, the bill that actually allows a person to defend himself if he feels his life is in jeopardy? That is considered an extreme right-wing position for a person to take according to the AFL-CIO, and not an issue of liberty guaranteed in the constitution. Again, we still don’t know if this was an issue of self-defense but the AFL-CIO has already jumped to a conclusion.
But let me put aside my disagreement with Arlene Baker’s statement and grant her her point. For the sake of this post, conservative right-wing politics are directly responsible for the needless killing of an innocent man in Trayvon Martin.
Whose policies are then responsible for the deaths of Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata–two American heroes killed with weapons that were provided to the criminals by the federal government as part of Operation Fast and Furious? And whose policies are responsible for an estimated 300 plus murdered Mexican nationals at the hands of criminals who also purchased these weapons from the United States during Operation Fast and Furious?
That is an easy one to answer; liberal, left-wing, anti-gun Democrats–namely Eric Holder and possibly even Barack Obama himself. Yet the AFL-CIO has been silent on Operation Fast and Furious and I don’t expect them to be making a statement anytime soon. And yet we are supposed to believe this is not being politicized by the AFL-CIO because, after all, it is only the Republicans who have tried to turn this into a political issue?