That in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, someone somewhere might be distracted from The Real Story (™) and tempted to take a couple of days off from bitching about the unalloyed evil of Barack Obama.
And so, after the briefest of "Hey ever'body! Looky hear! That Davey Sirota kid's gonna write about George Zimmerman!" of overtures:
George Zimmerman killed the presumption of innocence
We learn that, no, that Davey Sirota kid is not gonna write about George Zimmerman:
In era of drones and NSA excess, the Zimmerman verdict reaffirms that like Trayvon, we're all presumed guilty.
Even if you subscribe to this generous interpretation, it is no doubt cold comfort. A child is dead and his extrajudicial executioner is free. But can’t we take pride in the supposed persistence of a foundational legal principle – one that in aggregate is supposed to create a more just and humane society? Can’t we at least have that?
The blunt answer, unfortunately, is no, because Zimmerman’s exoneration is the latest – and perhaps most powerful – state-sanctioned societal rejection of the presumption of innocence, with the killer a microcosmic embodiment of such a rejection.
We arrive at the boilerplate that Mr. Sirota just could not wait 48 hours to unload into the middle of this tragedy:
Based on past performance, I'm sure Mr. Sirota feels the pure righteousness of his cause justifies air-dropping into the middle the sorrows of other, lesser people to pamphleteer the One and Only Real Story (™) in Christendom to the angry and the grieving.Remember, in the same year that saw Zimmerman kill Martin, Zimmerman’s president, Barack Obama, extrajudicially executed Anwar al-Awlaki and then his 16-year-old son, without charging either of the two U.S. citizens with a single crime. The two were simply guilty, without any evidence being officially marshaled against them. Not only that, such a presumption wasn’t hidden from view in shame, as if it was something to be embarrassed about. Instead, Obama openly touted the extra-judicial killing of the father and then his spokesman haughtily justified the extra-judicial killing of the child.
And I'm sure these people
think exactly the same thing.