Friday, July 19, 2013
Conservatives Seek Impeachment as Obama Compares Himself to Zimmerman's Attacker in Threatening Race Speech
SAN NARCISO, Calif. (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- Conservative lawmakers in the House of Representatives announced plans to file articles of impeachment against President Obama no later than Monday following what they called a "loaded statement by the president" that implied "aggression toward Caucasians." President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room Friday to address, on a more personal level, the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. In his most extensive public discourse about race in five years, Obama declared that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." The comment whipped conservatives into a furor of fear and panic. As legal experts pointed out, Zimmerman's not guilty verdict under Florida's Stand Your Ground legislation demonstrated that Martin was deemed the aggressor in the confrontation. By extension, Obama equating himself to the slain teen could be interpreted as an implicit threat, as it was by white attendees at the conference.
Obama and His People are Making Race the Issue, Non-Black Conservatives Accuse
After reviewing millions of reactions to George Zimmerman's acquittal through phone and email transcripts provided by the NSA, the president acknowledged a perilous level of outrage among members of the African American community, who believe race played a substantial role in the teen's slaying and the jury's decision.
Zimmerman's killing of Martin, a black teen armed with Skittles and iced tea, ignited a national debate on the issues of racial profiling and, to a lesser extent, gun control. Last week, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder, leading to protests from civil rights groups.
"I think it's important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that -- that doesn't go away," Mr. Obama said. "There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me."
Conservatives called the president's comments an admission of "black paranoia."
"Mr. Obama's attitude shows how paranoia stirs up trouble where no trouble actually exists," said Carlisle Olden-Whitely, chairman of San Narciso's foremost conservative political action committee -- Association of Republican Seniors, Wives, Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (ARSWYPE).
Olden-Whitely told reporters that race never would have been injected into this national dialog had people like Obama not put it there: "President Obama talks about a set of experiences and history that don't go away. It's obvious what he's describing, but I'm sure George Zimmerman wasn't thinking about nineteenth century states' rights politics when he was protecting himself from an unprovoked attack by Trayvon Martin. By clinging to problems of the past and dragging them into the future, these people are creating the bias, and they're determined to consider themselves victims. Once a person's adopted that mindset, it's easy to portray those outside his group as predatory."
"The president also claims that whenever he goes to a department store, he feels followed," Olden-Whitely added. "First of all, if you're in a crowded public area like a mall, people are going to be moving in the same direction. It doesn't mean they're stalking you. Second, Mr. Obama is the president. Like any celebrity, people want to get close. But none of this is racial. The only people making it about color are people of color."
To illustrate, Olden-Whitely referenced comments Obama made during his 2012 response to the shooting, in which he said, "Trayvon Martin could have been my son."
"At that time, when Obama said that, a lot of people mistook the comment to mean that Travyon Martin was the president's illegitimate son," Olden-Whitely explained. "Because it's not uncommon for people like that to sire a lot of children from different women. Critics attacked this rationale as racial profiling and stereotyping. It was profiling, but nothing about it was race-based. It was predicated on specific personality, demographic and economic traits, exclusive of race or ethnicity."
According to Olden-Whitely, his group's research finds that men with a lot of illegitimate offspring happen to be between the ages of 20 and 50, play basketball, smoke cigarettes (often menthol), drink inexpensive domestic beers, grow up in economically disadvantaged and broken homes, express some interest in sub-Saharan tribal cultures, suffer from feelings of inequality and a perceived sense of persecution, may have histories of current or past drug use, and listen predominantly to jazz, hip hop, rap and Motown. Interestingly, they overwhelmingly identify with only two religions: Christianity and Islam.
"It should be pointed out that Mr. Obama fits many of these criteria himself," Olden-Whitely observed.
Lawmakers Declare President a Threat and Public Menace
"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."
Those were the words uttered by President Obama this afternoon that mobilized frightened congresspeople to declare him a security threat, a public menace and worthy of impeachment.
Warren Trefusstor, a commanding officer with Capitol security forces, said the president's speech created mayhem not seen since Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) entered the House donning a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses in March 2012.
Rush was called out of order by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and escorted from the House floor for what security personnel referred to as "grave safety concerns" and inciting panic. Witnesses claim chaos erupted during the otherwise routine proceedings as representatives fled screaming for their lives, while others scrambled to grab firearms from security officers to defend themselves from the menace of the unarmed but cowled man.
"Whatever Mr. Rush's point was in creating this unnecessary spectacle, it was lost on everyone in the chamber," said Trefusstor. "I honestly have no idea what he was trying to do apart from scaring the bejeezus out of us."
Trefusstor noted the striking, uncomfortable parallels between Travyon Martin and Bobby Rush. Both were acting suspicious prior to hiding their faces in hoodies. Both had entered fairly homogeneous environments where their appearances made them stand out. In Sanford, Fla., African Americans make up about 25 percent of the population, with Caucasians dominating over 60 percent. The difference is more glaring in the House of Representatives, with only 9.4 percent of the population being African American. And like Martin, Rush was unarmed -- a perfect storm of similarities that could have led to disaster, as security forces were already preparing for a Stand Your Ground type confrontation.
Trefusstor added: "An unarmed guy with a hoodie is a recipe for trouble. Now give him weapons, such as candies or bottles, and he's a clear and present danger. Now imagine he's the commander of the most powerful military in the world."
Although President Obama was not wearing concealing array, such as a hoodie, he explicitly likened himself to Travyon Martin, whom the jury determined to be the life-threatening aggressor in the physical altercation with George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who reported Martin's suspicious presence to police prior to being attacked.
"President Obama stood before the nation and said he could be Trayvon Martin -- a stranger to the community who viciously attacked an upstanding citizen dedicated to defending the lives and properties of the people in his neighborhood," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "To me, that's an out-and-out threat against the people of this country -- a country we're not entirely sure Mr. Obama was born in."
"What message are we to take away from the president's chilling association with a criminal?" asked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). "In exonerating Mr. Zimmerman for bravely defending himself in a life-or-death struggle against a violent teen who had a history of drug use, a jury decided that Trayvon Martin, not George Zimmerman, set off the events that led to this tragedy."
Given Obama's control of U.S. military forces, the private communications of every American citizen and a covert fleet of deadly drones canvassing civilian airspace, Cantor said the threat could no longer be ignored, vowing that he will lead efforts to launch impeachment proceedings immediately as part of a national Stand Your Ground defense against the rogue executive.
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