...because you both get dirty and the pig likes it.
I'm going to start out talking about the Treyvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. I know this has been beaten to a pulp but bear with me, I do have a point to make.
As it stands there are a few undisputed facts in the Martin/Zimmerman incident:
- Treyvon Martin is dead and George Zimmerman killed him.
- The police performed an investigation and released Zimmerman without charging him.
- Both men had previously had run-ins with the law.
Beyond these items much of what is bouncing around is speculation at best, lies at worst.
And now, here's my take on it.
I don't care.
I know, that sounds callous. So let me elucidate. In 2005 (the last year for which I could find data) there were about 12,000 murders in which a firearm was used and about 650 justifiable homicides. That breaks down to about 32 murders and about 2 justifiable homicides per day.
So on Feburary 12, 2012, the day that Treyvon Martin died, another 31 people were murdered (if you think he was murdered by Zimmerman) and one other person was killed justifiably (if you think Zimmerman acted in self defense.)
We know from FBI crime statistics that 93% of all murders are black-on-black. Of those 32 people that were murdered on February 26th about 30 of them were black and were killed by another black person.
But Al and Jesse and the leftists don't care about those other blacks. They only care about Treyvon Martin. Why is that?
Now explain to me why I'm supposed to care about him and not the others. It can't be done. Why?
I'll tell you why. Because they don't care about Treyvon Martin. The left doesn't care about facts or statistics or the truth. They care about their agenda.
People like Treyvon Martin are just tools for the left. The gun banners do this all the time. They dance in the blood of the victims of tragedy not because they care about the victims but because they know they can use the tragedy to further their agenda. They use the charge of racism as a club to beat down their opponents and silence them. When the wheels fall off of the Martin case they will discard him and his family like a used tissue. Just like they did to Tawana Brawley.
As long as the victims further the leftist agenda they will be their darlings. If at any time they cease to be useful, they'll be outcast.
Their agenda du jour can vary from socialized medicine to gun grabbing to getting their Dear Leader reelected but the pattern never changes. They will use whatever subject is at hand to push to get what they want. The facts don't matter. The math doesn't matter. The truth doesn't matter.
When this current kerfluffle first started the narrative was, "Young black boy murdered by white vigilante." But then it comes out that George Zimmerman isn't white. He's Hispanic. If the truth mattered then the whole thing would have been dropped. Instead, the left doubled down. Because like Nina Totenburg of NPR said about the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill dispute, it's about the seriousness of the charge, not the truth. The truth doesn't matter.
To them, only winning matters. We to the right of them are always at a disadvantage because when we make an argument we argue from a position that we know to be true. The leftists aren't hampered by that. We do the research. We look for the facts and the quotes and the statistics. We dig until we find that truth and then we cry, "AH HA! HERE IS THE TRUTH!" And the leftists keep on as if it doesn't matter. Because the truth doesn't matter.
Because it doesn't. Truth or lie, fact or fiction, it doesn't matter. If it's reasonably plausible to their target audience they will use it. They will say outrageously false things, things they can't possibly believe to be true because someone in their target audience wants to believe it. But the truth doesn't matter.
The answer isn't more facts and statistics. The answer is to fight appeals to emotion with other appeals to emotion. Ask the leftists why the don't care about black on black crime. Where were they when dozens of other blacks were murdered on February 26th. Ask them who the other victims were. Do they even know their names?
The answer is ridicule. "What kind of a fool wears a hoodie to make a statement? Does that make you a black murder victim? No it just makes you an idiot. A tool."
This is not to say that we on the right shouldn't know our facts. We should. To us the truth matters. We have principles and if we compromise them we cease to be who we are. But let us not be shortsighted. Let us recognize that our opponents do not share our principles. They will not be swayed by the arguments that sway us. We have to use different tools to negate their rantings. The truth only matters to those that care about such things.
The leftist media throws around pictures of Martin as a child and Zimmerman in a mug shot. Other, more recent, pictures of both are available but they don't show those. Why?
The left whines that they are on the side of racial equality. Yet they held Robert C. Byrd (KLAN-WV) in their bosom until the day he died. Why?
The left insists it believes that violence against women is wrong, wrong, wrong. Yet Teddy Kennedy who left his girlfriend to drown and Bill Clinton who raped Juanita Broderick are given a pass. Why?
The left howls about prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while George W. Bush is president. Obama has been in office for three years and Gitmo is still open but not a peep from the left. Why?
BECAUSE THE TRUTH DOESN'T MATTER.
Only winning matters to them.
So when you are on Facebook, or at dinner with the leftist members of your family, or at a protest, remember that. Be cognizant of what you are up against. Your facts and statistics and truth aren't going to win any points. You'll lose because they care and you don't. You lose, we lose, because we're fighting battle with the wrong weapons.