Mike Huckabee News
Jul 14 2013
George Zimmerman was found not guilty last night by a jury of 6 women who heard evidence, were instructed as to the law, and acted with clarity. They are not heroes, just citizens doing one of the most difficult and thankless tasks an American is called upon to perform—judging the guilt or innocence of another human being. George Zimmerman is not a hero. He was a young Hispanic man who believed he was in danger and used a gun to end what he felt was a threat to his own life. He will spend the rest of his life second guessing his decision to get out of his car to follow a young man he thought might be part of a crime wave in his neighborhood. And Trayvon Martin is not a hero. He was a young man whose life ended way too soon maybe because he decided to confront a man he believed was showing him disrespect. Even if one believes that the jury got it right with a not guilty verdict, there was no reason for high-fiving and back-slapping. It was a tragedy for all involved. Despite the screams of Al Sharpton who sees racism in everything and who claimed the verdict was a slap in the face of justice, this was in fact, justice as it was designed under our Constitution. Justice doesn’t mean perfection, or even right. It means we are reminded that we are a nation of laws, not men; a nation with imperfect legislators who write laws reflecting our collective moral code. Laws which are enforced by a separate branch of government, and when believed to be broken, are submitted to yet a third branch of government to try and resolve whether the laws were broken, are whether they are even just laws. By design, we have chosen to put the burden of proof on the accuser and the prosecutor and to presume the innocence of the accused unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Benjamin Franklin, borrowing from the English jurist William Blackstone, said, “better that 100 guilty persons should escape than one innocent suffer” reflected our system being weighted in favor of the accused. If there are no heroes, there are some villians. The media deserves to be excoriated for their role in inventing many parts of the narrative before the facts and evidence were presented. Thank God the press is not a true fourth branch of government. They emphasized a race factor because Trayvon Martin was black, but were blatantly dishonest in not acknowledging that George Zimmerman was Hispanic. Should they claim that he’s only half Hispanic, then they must be equally honest in saying that our President, Barak Obama is only half black and that if he had a son, he really wouldn’t look Trayvon Martin. The facts in the case as presented in court under oath were far different than the heated comments spewed by Sharpton and others who called more attention to themselves than to the tragedy. If a march needs to happen, perhaps it should happen in Chicago where the murder rate for young black males leads the nation. Almost one half of the nation’s murder victims are black, and a majority of them between the ages of 17 and 29. Black people account for just over 13 percent of the U.S. population. Yet they were the victims of almost 50% of all murders, and 93% of black murder victims were killed by other black people. We don’t have a race problem as much as we have a grace problem. Our culture declares that people are expendable and disposable, treat others with coarse and harsh contempt, and then are shocked at the murder rate. We don’t need a race summit; we need a grace summit. And God is still in the grace business.