Posts Tagged ‘Celebrities’

Stephen Hawking: Another Angry Atheist

09/27/2014

I have seen an article the last few days where well-respected scientist Stephen Hawking confirmed what many have thought: he is an atheist. As a famous scientist, he is considered an authority. To me he may be an authority in physics but that does not make him a theologian or a wise man.

The media like his conclusion so they trumpet his pronouncement as if it is divine. And definitive.

Ultimately, who is he? Being a scientist does not make him God. In fact, I see him as another angry atheist. He may be smarter in some ways than the average atheist. But that does not mean that his unverifiable statements are true. The reality is that science does not completely explain the universe which has many mysteries. Whether the Big Bang or some other theory is accepted for the birth of the world, the question remains: Who set it all in motion?

I have never heard an answer to that besides God that makes sense. Hawking’s assertions about the provability of science does not negate the existence of God. It is arrogant of him to think so. He also says science and religion are at war which is absurd. Faith and reason go hand in hand as the Church has always taught. If you want to learn more about this, I recommend a good book by Rodney Stark called The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism and Western Success.

If Mr. Hawking is so convinced that science is the answer, then his speculation about aliens seems rather unscientific. And liberal if he really thinks that the aliens, if they exist, should fear us.

In my opinion, the reason Mr. Hawking does not believe in God has nothing to do with science but with emotion. While brilliant, he is severely disabled. Instead of thanking God for his intelligence, he seems angry that he is not able-bodied. I understand that this is difficult, but we all have crosses to bear. What he lacks physically is more than made up for by his intellectual gifts. God, the One he says doesn’t exist, has blessed him abundantly.

We all have gifts from God Who graces us if we accept them from Him. He doesn’t ask much from us. Belief is one thing He asks. Obedience is another. Repentance is the last. Instead of mindless speculation to be politically correct, the answer is to get to know and love God. And let go of anger.

Sick Society: Our Lost Youth

03/20/2014

I know every generation picks on the youth but things have really changed and not all of it is the rising generation’s fault. I don’t think we’ve had a worse set of folks coming of age since the Baby Boomers, who are some of the most selfish, immoral, and destructive Americans to have ever lived.

Young people generally are not considerate and do stupid things because they think they are invincible. They act before they think. The problem is we now have adults who continue this trend which is becoming dominant. Inspired by the young people who are drowning in narcissism due to social media, mainstream society is increasingly embracing their values. Indeed, the rise of extreme libertarianism is giving way to notions and policies that were unthinkable just one generation ago, maybe even only ten years ago. I am specifically talking about the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage.

To the extent that things are truly different now–we all used to say it but it simply was not true–one only needs to look at the computerization of our kids. We who are on the young side of middle age were not raised on the internet and all the blessings and curses it has created. It was supposed to connect us and it has isolated us. We all know the cliché of two people being out, possibly on a date, and instead of talking to each other, they stare into their phones. Our phones have become the center of our lives–our music, TV, conversation, socialization through Facebook and other social media sites, and access to the internet and everything that is available which consists of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This alone makes the lives of the current generation radically different from the rest of us. They also are facing a country that is not what their parents or grandparents inherited. Somewhere along the line we stopped encouraging the young to be all they can and to achieve. We became a reality show culture where 15 minutes of fame has become more prized than finding the cure to cancer. Nancy Pelosi encourages the young to stay on their parents’ healthcare until age 26 and to follow their dreams to be artists, poets and the like.

How many poets do we need? How many contestants must we have on The Bachelor? Do the kids of today want to smoke pot so they can forget about the fact that we are quickly destroying their future? In a way I don’t blame them but eventually our society’s problems will be theirs to manage and we already saw what the stoned Baby Boomers did to our country.

Whether young people are to blame or not, they are doing things that are horrifying. There is the Duke University student who calls herself Belle Knox and pays for her tuition by making pornography, stripping and…releasing a line of sex toys (according to the New York Post, 3/19/14). We know women who have taken off their clothes instead of doing the hard work of taking a non-glamorous job to pay for school. After taking countless selfies and using a webcam since before they reach puberty, is it any wonder that young women like this would think it is “empowering”? She hides behind feminism in saying she likes “painful” sex and that it is arousing. She is 18. (New York Post)

Before she went to leftist Duke, where were her parents when she was learning to love painful sex that led to exhibitionism which may make her rich but which will destroy the little dignity she has left?

There are many more stories of our lost youth, including the sex-obsessed Miley Cyrus. She is famous but there are numerous young people who are lost even if they are not public perverts. It is a shame and we owe them so much more. We have abdicated our responsibility as a culture to our youth and they are suffering now whether they realize it or not. Mostly, they think they are liberated and cool and so much smarter. Looking something up on the internet is not the same as actually knowing something. Using a calculator or spellcheck doesn’t replace the need for a solid, moral education which teaches critical thinking skills.

Instead of this, we get kids learning about their classmates’ two daddies, or a whitewashed history of this country that de-emphasizes American achievement but focuses on other societies’ contributions to America whether real or imagined, or how to feel good about themselves even if they don’t try their best.

I feel for those with young children who don’t have much to look forward to unless we guide our youth as we used to do. The youth are the future–how they are telegraphs where the country is going. All the technology in the world won’t save this nation. A return to a sense of decency and old-fashioned values just might.

Ash Wednesday & CPAC: Religion Trumps Politics

03/05/2014

After going the last two years, I decided to go to CPAC again. It starts tomorrow and I bought my ticket before I realized that my travel day is Ash Wednesday, a day where people identify as Christians, usually Catholic, by going to church and having ashes–representing our mortality–placed on our foreheads as a call to repentance.

It is the beginning of the holy season of Lent, where we are called to pray, fast and sacrifice in preparation for our celebration of the holiest and most important day of the year, Easter Sunday.

This is what life is all about or should be all about for anyone who claims to be Christian. We follow Christ and so we don’t follow the crowd. Unless that crowd is repenting on its way from Mass. Unlikely these days.

God created us for a reason and He wants us to follow Him. He does not follow trends, or the crowd, or what is popular or easy. No one said being a Christian is easy. Back in the day when the majority identified as Christian it was easier than it is now. Overt acts of Christianity are met with hostility–think Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech at the Oscars thanking God–in certain quarters. That makes a day like today all the more special because–unlike a Hollywood actress declaring she is a lesbian–it takes real courage to walk among family, friends, acquaintances, colleagues and enemies with ashes on one’s forehead, acknowledging one’s sinfulness.

What used to be a call to repentance is now taking a stand and a call to action that we need to witness our faith. Publicly and privately. That does not mean we are imposing our faith the way liberals impose regulations. No, we live as Christ calls us to live. And not just in actions, but in speech.

This brings me to CPAC. Two years ago I came to see the candidates when I thought we had a chance to defeat President Obama. Last year I came for words of encouragement as I was still recovering from the election. Now I come, somewhat reluctantly, to hear words that won’t for the most part be followed up by actions. And in fact I fear the words may not be ones that I want to hear.

It seems to me that many of our so-called conservative, mostly Christian leaders are more beholden to their perceived (special) interests than they are to God or even their constituents or the Constitution. I enjoy a good speech as much as the next conservative, but it rings hollow after awhile as we see our side losing and not even trying.

Politics is just a means to an end, but the end is what matters, which is living our faith and doing God’s will. Politics and power are the not goals but tell that to the speakers. They say the right things but their motives seem to be keeping their contributors happy–whether it’s the businessmen who want an ill-conceived immigration plan passed over reasonable objections or the countless members of the gay lobby who want our leaders to drop their moral opposition to gay marriage.

Calling what homosexuals do marriage is the civil rights issue of our time but not in the way the libertarian-leaning conservatives think. It is an issue where religious freedom should reign supreme. People of faith have the right to live their lives in accord with their consciences. That is in the First Amendment. There is no right in the Constitution to sodomy and no right to call two men cohabitating marriage. Unless it is next to the non-existent right to abortion that liberals love so much.

Despite this nation being founded on Christian principles, our right to exercise our religion is being eroded and pushed indoors as we are told not to proclaim our faith and keep it personal. While homosexuals can demand we respect and even celebrate their sodomy, we must never impose our beliefs. The usual double standard.

I hope CPAC does not disappoint and that the leaders and groups realize that politics must serve faith, not the other way around. Whatever we accomplish in the political arena must be for the glory of God, not for the advancement of an ideology. When we take God out of our lives, we are left with the kind of ruin we see this country in today.

Just Read People: The Culture Is Lost

02/05/2014

I went to the gym the other day and read the February 10 edition of People on the treadmill. By the time I was done, I was more convinced than ever that this country is finished. Not because of the flat-lining economy or even our unraveling political situation. It is because of the culture. It is rotten and rotting. Once the culture is done so are we. The worst part is we don’t even know it so how can we fix it?

So many examples:

*There was an article on the relationship between movie stars Sean Penn and Charlize Theron, good liberals both. Penn, who may be talented but is really ugly, in contrast with his former model girlfriend, is known as a liberal’s liberal. Yet, in the article the writer mentions as an indicator that this is a serious relationship that Penn “got rid of his gun collection for her.” Why are liberals such hypocrites? This is the kind of man who would take our guns but the rules don’t apply to him and his ilk. Considering the volatile relationship he had with Madonna, it is disturbing that he would have a gun collection. Yet, he would deny the same rights to more stable Americans. The article also mentioned that the actress waited before introducing her adopted son to him–kudos for her restraint!–and now Penn lives with them so her son can keep his routine. Crazy idea, Charlize, but why don’t you have Mr. Penn move in after you are married? That would indicate seriousness.

*In an article on the Grammys, it mentioned the same-sex and other weddings performed by the talk show host, Queen Latifah. She is quoted as saying, “Everybody should be able to fall in love with someone and be protected under law.” A classic celebrity statement that shows idiocy. It is not against the law for anyone to fall in love. Everyone is equally protected under the law. What traditionalists object to is re-writing over 2000 years of Christian history and trying to call sin virtue and sodomy marriage. Calling a lifestyle marriage does not make it so. Try explaining that to a dim-witted celebrity.

*There was also an article about how actress Tori Spelling’s husband is in rehab for allegedly cheating on her–and their four children. (Yes, there is rehab for not keeping one’s pants zipped up.) We are supposed to feel bad for Tori except she cheated on her prior husband with her current husband while he was still married to his prior wife. What did she expect? I don’t feel bad for her but I do feel bad for her innocent little children. Why should they suffer because daddy refuses to be faithful and mommy has poor judgment? So many children suffer–and are scarred for life–because of the poor life choices of their selfish parents. Hey, it is all about us, not them.

*Then there was the story about the missing child, Kyron Horman, who disappeared in 2010. His stepmother is still under suspicion in his disappearance. She allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband, the boy’s father, from whom she is now divorced. The boy’s parents had divorced with the father having custody and the mother living far away and thus not a daily part of this little 7 year old child’s life. So instead of having his parents to take care of him, his stepmother was in charge–and he is now gone. Why do parents put their own perceived self-interest ahead of their children’s? I don’t mean to sound judgmental but it seems that the child’s well-being was ignored and as a result he is quite possibly dead. Unless there is abuse or a seriously compelling reason, married couples should stay together for the sake of the children. I don’t know why his parents divorced but I have always thought this child would be alive and well if his parents had stayed together. We may never know.

The point of these examples is that our culture promotes the wrong values and genuine suffering is the result with a real weakening of the culture. Sex at any cost, liberal hypocrisy, calling wrong right, and neglecting our children–how can a culture survive? Look around, my fellow Americans, it is hanging on by a thread. Who knew People could be so educational?

Liberal “American Hustle” Promotes Moral Relativism

02/02/2014

I was not planning on seeing American Hustle because I had heard one of the female stars brag about kissing her co-star. Such soft lips, she said. My first thought was, why must everything be about homosexuality in Hollywood? This was not common in the 70s like it is today. And my second thought was these women are in Hollywood with access to the best cosmetics in the world. They had better have soft lips!

I didn’t want to pay to see a movie promoting lesbianism. I was assured by a friend that it was not a sexual kiss. It was not but it was gratuitous.

So what is this movie about? It is typical of the Hollywood worldview which is why I think it is worthy of discussion. I could not figure out if this was supposed to be a comedy or a drama or both.

I will assume it is a drama that tried to be funny. As for the message, the characters said it repeatedly: people do what they have to do to survive. As a result, the con men were really just surviving and were actually not bad people. Even those who were deemed good people who did bad things were not so bad. And so-called good people who did good things were really sort of…bad.

Let me explain.

The “heroes” are a con man and woman played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams. They do a great job getting into their characters, who take advantage of desperate yet disreputable people. So the movie tells us that they are not really that bad because they are just coping with life. Committing crimes doesn’t discredit them as heroes. Plus Bale’s character is an adulterer because his wife has anxiety and is unstable.

Till death do us part doesn’t mean too much in Hollywood. But he is a hero because he won’t leave–he only cheats on–his wife because he adopted her son. And so he is a good daddy, con man and adulterer! In Hollywood, these can go hand in hand. Moral relativism and all.

The other lead character who catches them in their con is an FBI agent played by Bradley Cooper. He would naturally be a good guy to most Americans. But he is more interested in making a name for himself. He also acts inappropriately with Adams’ character. As the movie moves along, we are expected to have less and less respect for his character, who is shown not being able to play the game despite his desire for a great reward–realizing his excessive ambition and bedding the sexy criminal. However, he has a fiancée and a Catholic mama. A nice Italian boy who is not so nice.

By the way, in the ever-so-typical Hollywood manner, the Catholic mama is stereotyped as she prays for Cooper to get married and to give her grandchildren. And to give the pope more followers.

Cute.

The other Italian who is stereotyped is the mayor of Camden who is played by a non-Italian-looking Jeremy Renner. (It is odd that not one Italian-American played a major Italian character when there are many talented Italian-American actors. But then again maybe no self-respecting Italian would want to promote these endless stereotypes. Hollywood hates Italians!) The mayor is shown as a good person because he loves his minority constituents and just wants them to have jobs and opportunities. And so he takes a bribe but his motivation is good. He wants to help people and he is a nice guy–vouched for by our hero Bale.

I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who wants to see it–it is interesting enough if not Oscar caliber–but if you see it, be aware of the anti-traditional values laced throughout the film. Good is bad and bad isn’t really so terrible. Italians are self-promoting. Catholics just want to reproduce so they can take over the world. The FBI is filled with incompetent and ambitious men who are more interested in themselves than in justice. Those that can pull off the big con are not only the big winners but actually good people. Heck, Adams’ character even blames Nixon for Carter’s incompetence, which leads to Bale calling her smart! She is good and smart! Nice messages to send to the world, aren’t they?

Sick Society: The Sewer That is Television Worsens

01/18/2014

Whether it was the inappropriate content of the Golden Globes or commercials showing what should be controversial (not to mention disgusting) homosexual conduct, TV and basic cable are getting more and more repulsive.

As for premium cable, I refuse to spend money on it so I don’t have it and won’t comment on it.

There is plenty of filth on free TV. Let’s take a look at recent programs.

I watched most of the Golden Globes on NBC last Sunday. Many of the hosts’ jokes were funny or at least not offensive. I recall one joke that was highly inappropriate because it dealt with masturbation and was told in the 8 pm hour which is supposed to be family time.

I don’t think masturbation jokes are ever appropriate but at 8 pm when young people are watching with their families, it is truly indecent. What is mom supposed to say to her teenaged children who are watching? The Hollywood audience didn’t bat an eyelash; they just laughed. And it was not funny, just dirty.

Why do female comedians feel the need to be dirty? If one is talented, one does not need to descend into the sewer. Lucille Ball was truly funny. She didn’t joke about masturbation. Can you even imagine that? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are considered funny by modern standards, meaning they are tacky, PC and overly sexual in their routines.

Another inappropriate sexual scene from basic cable was on–of all places–ABC Family. With a name like that, one would think it is a family network, and I think it was in the beginning. Lately, it has had highly suggestive programming and much homosexual propaganda.

Just like ABC itself. I saw a story this week about how CBS dominates prime time (I find most of their shows are much more family friendly than ABC’s). One would think ABC would want ratings but it prefers its agenda. From Revenge to Nashville to Grey’s Anatomy, homosexual characters are featured prominently and positively. Gay sex is not taboo.

ABC Family took its propaganda machine to the next level with this week’s episode of The Fosters. I don’t watch the show but it is about an inter-racial lesbian couple (the height of PC!) who take in foster children. Not my cup of tea but this is considered drama these days.

I was watching another program when I saw this commercial for The Fosters showing the two women in bed together. I thought I was seeing things–I had never seen anything quite this aggressive and I didn’t think ABC Family would show this, let alone on a commercial.

So innocent young people could be watching a more wholesome show–if there is one–on ABC Family and get visually assaulted by seeing two women in bed, holding each other. Clearly sexual even if they are not actually having sex.

This is outrageous. And I was not hallucinating because I saw the commercial again. Maybe I don’t want to see programs with two women in bed. By showing this on a commercial, my choice is taken away. (And all that matters to Hollywood elites is choice, right?) It is bad enough that ABC Family is determined to normalize homosexual relations, but the fact they have no regard for those of us who don’t want to view such things is offensive.

If people want to see such things, they can watch the show. But I don’t watch such things but am exposed to them anyway. So much for change the channel–liberals love that line. But when it is a commercial, by the time one changes the channel, it is too late.

Hollywood and government may want to call wrong right but for those of us who cling to our traditional values, we will keep saying no. And we will do our best to avoid the sewer.

How We Are Giving Away Our Freedom

01/10/2014

I was just taking the PATH train in New Jersey and was shocked at all the ads plastered across the train for New Jersey online poker. The signs trumpeted the players becoming millionaires.

This is just sad. Very few will become millionaires but how many will lose their money–probably money they don’t have–and waste hours of time chasing a big jackpot?

Like the periodic mega-jackpots run by the state lotteries. It leads to dreams–unrealistic fantasies really–that go unfulfilled but empty one’s wallet. I buy the tickets myself but I can afford to do so.

And I also know I am unlikely to win. I foolishly hope but within reason.

Worse than these delusion-inducing activities is the greater distraction that is the new pot legalization movement. Young and old people are embracing the notion that marijuana is a positive, harmless drug that is arguably better for people than alcohol or cigarettes.

Putting aside the fact that this is not true, what is most troubling to me is, having recently re-read Brave New World, that people want to escape reality by altering their mental status. When one is high, one puts others at risk. Maybe even worse, one loses the ability to make sound decisions.

You wonder why the government is suddenly going lax on drugs? A doped-up populace is docile. Like soma, the drug that helped the people in the Brave New World to cope with their bland existence and lack of freedom, stoned people are compliant, complacent and controllable.

They won’t question how almost 92 million people–1 in 4 Americans–are out of work while the unemployment rate keeps falling. Yes, we are told the unemployment rate is now 6.7%–keep in mind that 6% is considered full employment–yet so many people are out of work, unable to find work, discouraged from seeking work and underemployed.

A drugged population only cares about Kim Kardashian’s latest outfit or who wins the big game.

And where do they see Miss Kim’s latest fashions? On their smartphones and other gadgets.

Perhaps the worst thing and one of the best on some level is the internet and the ability to communicate. While our devices have up to now brought us freedom, in the long run I believe they will enslave us.

How many times have you seen people not look where they are going–walking or in a car–because they are texting?

How many times have you seen two people out together but worlds apart, each on his own phone?

How often have you experienced being lost in some pointless article online while you should be working or paying attention to your family?

This may seem harmless now but the point with all these things is that they distract us from what is going on in the world and engaging in it. Knowing what our politicians are doing and opposing that which is a threat to our liberty should be our focus.

Isn’t it more important to know how our leaders are spending our money than to know the latest sports score?

Isn’t it crucial to be educated about our history so we can pass it on to our children and they can pass it on to theirs?

Wouldn’t it be better if we spent as much time studying math and civics as we do with our eyes glued to the screen?

We have become so self-absorbed–hooked on drugs, gambling, entertainment and don’t get me started on the dangers of porn!–that nothing outside ourselves interests us anymore. Our freedom is being eroded–think the HHS mandate, gay marriage being forced on unwilling states, the NSA spying on us while we use our devices–and we don’t care. There is no march on Washington. There is barely an angry letter to the editor.

Our freedom does not have to be taken from us forcibly. We are letting it go to engage in what we believe is more important–feeding our narcissism.

Sick Society: Cultural Rot Affects Average Americans

12/05/2013

I was watching the Today show this morning when they featured a story on fast food workers demanding their hourly wage be doubled. In the story they showed a young mother, who had one child and one on the way; she said she could not support herself without struggling on her low salary. It was also noted she receives Medicaid and food stamps–compliments of the taxpayer–just to get by.

When I saw this propaganda piece, I was outraged. This irresponsible woman was apparently not married but felt comfortable having sex. Despite all the lies about birth control, the reality is that the only way not to get pregnant is to abstain from sex. Besides the morality issue, there are practical and economic issues to consider. When young ladies like this get pregnant and have children without husbands, they are often doomed to poverty and the ills that ensue.

I also wondered where the father(s) was and why he (or they) was not helping. It is their responsibility to support, feed, clothe, and shelter their kids. Not the taxpayer, the government, the schools, or the fast food restaurants.

Fast food jobs are not meant to support a family. How one supports a family is by forming one. This is the process–people don’t seem to remember how: a young man courts a young woman; when he has proven himself worthy–through good character, intelligence and having a strong work ethic–he proposes, she accepts, they get married; only then do they have sexual relations. Then they have children whom they can support because at least one or both of them is working.

That is how it is supposed to work.

If this young woman had not been led astray by a culture that told her she could have sex without consequences, she would not be in this position. She would have had self-respect to wait until a man valued her enough to marry her. She then would be able to support her family. As Ann Coulter has written extensively, single motherhood causes most of society’s social problems in terms of poverty, crime, and family breakdown. Cultural rot has set in over the last couple of generations, especially since Dan Quayle criticized Murphy Brown.

Remember the brouhaha when he said she was glamorizing single motherhood? Well, that was exactly what she was doing. He was prescient.

Young women who are taught to embrace their sexuality irresponsibly are the ones who pay the price along with their innocent children who have to suffer for their poor judgment.

Instead of trying to restore traditional morality, our culture continues to enable reckless behavior. The elites do not suffer but the average person does. And the whole society continues to go down the drain. No minimum wage increase will prevent that.

The Anthony and Huma Follies

07/24/2013

As a proud–less so every day–New Yorker, I am embarrassed by the spectacle of Eliot Spitzer, a man who could be in jail for having relations with a prostitute, still a crime in these parts. But like other politicians who have sex with someone not their spouse, he is not that unusual. Unfortunately.

Anthony Weiner, the professional politico who wants to satisfy his lust for power by becoming the mayor of New York, is not the ordinary man cheating on his wife. He appears to have mental problems which have led to repeated poor judgment.

This man apparently does not have sex with other women, but he appears to receive sexual gratification by sending indecent photos of himself with dirty commentary. This is not only sick but it is a sign that he thinks the rules don’t apply to him. We don’t need another politician who feels that way. And if elected despite this scandal, he won’t have any motivation to change his behavior.

Why would a man with everything to lose but nothing to gain engage in such high-risk behavior? Other than mental illness, my first thought is that he is so ugly he has a complex. He works out so that he can compensate for a face only a mother could love. I think he wants to feel attractive and apparently his wife’s approval is not sufficient since he has such a large ego.

Whether or not his megalomania is just the typical politician’s or is indicative of a larger emotional problem, it should be concerning for anyone considering voting for him. He cannot be trusted to run the greatest city in the world.

His wife may forgive him, but I question if he is actually sorry. And if he really loves his wife, why would he put her through this public scrutiny? He may have no dignity, but he has no right to humiliate his wife–or his little boy.

That alone should disqualify him from being mayor. He does not know how to treat women–whether it is his wife or the ladies who are the objects of his sexting. He has a lack of priorities and is immature. How can he run a city and why is he qualified just because he was once a congressman? He has no skills and cannot find a real job.

Thanks, President Obama, for the lousy economy where even Democratic hacks are unemployable. Get this man food stamps quick and leave New York alone!

The worst part of his press conference–which was oddly entertaining for me as a conservative who likes to see Democrats exposed (but not this much!) for what they are–was seeing his wife smile. Here he was “apologizing” yet again for being a pervert and his wife was smiling, not broadly but with lips upturned as if they were announcing happy news.

Either she was on medication or she needed it. What must the Muslim community think of this woman?

At the end of the day these follies should be between these two and they should leave New York out of it. I fear that he could get elected if he gets the Democratic nomination because New Yorkers may just be crazier than even the Weiners!

Race in America: Not About Trayvon or Obama

07/20/2013

When I watched the George Zimmerman verdict, I cried, relieved there would be no further injustice. It is a bad situation and there are no winners. It is not like George Zimmerman is all good or all bad. Same is true about Trayvon Martin.

Sending Zimmerman to jail was not going to make anything better. It was not justice. Why do I say that and why do I think that neither person was completely innocent?

I think George Zimmerman, with a desire to be a hero-cop and exhibiting poor judgment, followed Trayvon that fateful night with knowledge of recent crimes in the neighborhood on his mind. He was, after all, on the neighborhood watch. He should have listened to the 911 operator and backed off. But he followed.

From Trayvon’s perspective, I can see why he was annoyed–and possibly alarmed–that George was following him. He didn’t know what his intent was. His friend, Rachel Jeantel, implied to Piers Morgan that there was concern that the man following Trayvon could be a gay rapist.

What Trayvon supposedly did next finally makes sense to me. He allegedly started beating up George who, older and out-of-shape, was no match for 17-year-old Trayvon. Except George had a gun and he used it.

If he had shot Trayvon unprovoked as Trayvon’s supporters allege, then it would have been murder or manslaughter. Once George was in the position of having to defend himself from Trayvon’s attack, it was self-defense–and perfectly legal.

Tragic but legal.

Sending George to jail is not the solution. In fact, for his poor judgment he has already suffered immensely–and likely permanently. He is the new Casey Anthony who will not be able to live a normal life.

This should be the end of it. A sad story with no winners. A terrible loss for Trayvon’s family and friends.

But because Trayvon was African-American, the race hustlers, like Al Sharpton, are going to turn a tragedy into a racial event. This is not a white and black situation. George is half Spanish, which makes him white according to the media. Funny how President Obama is half white, but somehow he is the first black president and considered a black man.

Generally in society and per the media when someone has a mixed racial heritage, the bi-racial individual is considered whatever the minority half is. Not so with George because then the story could not be manipulated into a racist one.

However, this is not about racism. It never was but the Al Sharptons of the world wanted it to be. And still do. So apparently does President Obama, who surprised me with his statement almost a week after the verdict just when things finally started to calm down.

Insofar as African-Americans have suffered in this country, I completely understand why they are sensitive as Obama pointed out. I feel awful for Trayvon’s parents. However, would their pain be any less if he had died at someone else’s hands?

Which brings me to the real problem in this country for African-Americans which is black-on-black crime. Like what happens daily in Chicago. Where is Al Sharpton to denounce this real danger? Because what happened between Trayvon and George was the result of misunderstanding, stupidity, and poor judgment, not racism. Yet every day all around this country the biggest problem for African-Americans is not being victimized by racism but by crime–and unemployment and broken families and a poor educational system.

But why fix those real problems if you can play racial scapegoating? Because the reality is those who seek to fan the flames of race don’t really care about their fellow man. That does not get them fine clothes and belongings, media attention, and money.

Who is the biggest offender? I would have guessed Al Sharpton but after Obama’s speech, I think he may have earned the title. He is so self-centered–going from Trayvon could have been my son! to I could have been Trayvon!–and willing to deepen the divide. For someone elected in part to bring healing–heck, he was personally going to heal the oceans–he has done the opposite.

The president has made inappropriate comments on race in the past. This time Obama was not just identifying with Trayvon, but went so far as to say there would have been a different outcome if Trayvon had been white.

Healing? I think not.

First, just because President Obama is half-black does not mean that he has to inject himself into every racial issue in America. Second, a jury has reviewed the evidence and made an appropriate ruling that should be respected. Finally, this is a tragedy but it will be made worse if more violence and hatred result. We should seek calm and reason, not the exploitation of painful emotion.

So while Obama and Sharpton claim they want to advocate for black people, theirs are just words. Their actions show that they, like many before them, don’t want to help black Americans and heal historical racial division. And that is a real shame for all Americans.


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