Instigators using the shooting of Trayvon Martin as another excuse to run amok for the media act as if they are borrowing from the same playbook used by angry Muslims in Afghanistan. Just as rioting Muslims responded to the unintentional Koran burning by making their outrage the issue, we are hearing cries for justice that are as gross a violation as whatever happened in Sanford, Florida. The circus being created by special interest celebrities and the media does not legitimize overheated mob action any more than it justifies the involvement of the Justice Department and Congressional Democrats in what will surely become an election year call to action.
President Obama’s handlers should have urged discretion and warned him to stay away from this one. The man in charge should have better things to do than deal with local law enforcement issues. Better judgment would have predicted that White House involvement would only escalate the situation. Perhaps Mr. Obama had little choice in a year where his loyalty to African Americans will be questioned, given that he selected another ethnic group to lead us to prosperity in the 21st Century (see: Obama’s Hispanic Hoax: Why 84% of Americans No Longer Matter).
The usual players wasted no time getting behind the Trayvon Martin shooting, including Nancy Pelosi, who applauded federal intervention:
“I salute the action taken by the U.S. Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Holder, to ensure that justice will indeed be served. This thorough investigation by the federal government will mean that the loved ones of Trayvon Martin will get the answers to their many questions and the community will be given help to heal.¹
The thorough investigation Pelosi advocates guarantees that this situation will continue to spiral out of control. Harry Reid followed her lead, releasing a statement claiming that “Trayvon and his family deserve nothing less . . .”² than Eric Holder’s involvement. The president has a history of wielding the Justice Department as a club for beating down states that run afoul of the party line on fairness, rights, and law enforcement, so dragging Holder into the media frenzy should be no big surprise to anyone.
Democrats are masters at wringing gain from this sort of tragedy. They are fanning the outrage just as they leveraged Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting by demanding that we tone down political rhetoric as Republicans took control of the House (see: Arizona Tragedy: Only Fools Make Sense of Crazy). Expect press releases and self-righteous statements to segue to a Democratic resolution to satiate those whipped up over the shooting by charges of racial profiling, injustice, and hate. We have heard a lot of rhetoric from Washington about America being a nation of laws, a claim Democrats proved false in their eagerness to circumvent our immigration system. Now the Trayvon Martin shooting has handed a pre-election gift to politicians who have not had a similar opportunity since the January 2011 shootings in Arizona.
Berserk Muslims in Afghanistan used Koran burning as an excuse for riots and violence. In the U.S. we are seeing mob action, sans violence, in response to a shooting in Florida. Like Afghanistan, public displays of outrage over the incident are the focus. The issue of what really happened in Sanford and how to deliver justice will be obscured by a rush to judgment fueled by anger. Lynching was outlawed long ago, but those eager for the spotlight are adept at managing lynchings in the media. Justice is not the goal. What matters most to those inciting the turmoil is appeasement.