In the wake of the George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict, Barack Hussein Obama - the man who helped kickstart the racial antagonism of the case - has made an official statement about what all Americans should now do to honor Trayvon Martin. Specifically, the president says we should go outside on a dark night and smash our heads repeatedly on the sidewalk until we feel consciousness, if not life itself, slipping away.
Just kidding! What he actually said makes way less sense than that, though has much the same effect on the contents of your skull.
But before we get into actual analysis of the president's dunderheaded and potentially inflammatory political posturing, let's take a moment to reflect on the Trayvon Martin case. It is entirely possible that Trayvon was a scared kid who believed he had to attack Zimmerman in order to protect himself - which would certainly add to the tragedy of his death. But it is also true that, after being attacked, Zimmerman felt the need to defend himself - and, according to a jury, did so within the confines of the law.
So, what did the president have to say? That the death of Trayvon Martin was a "tragedy for America" (ergo, Zimmerman can't possibly have been in the right) and that "we should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities." Because asking ourselves meaningless questions about how wide our "compassion circles" are will really, really help bring down the number of bullet-riddled Black Americans turning up in Chicago's morgues.
The president also hinted rather unconvincingly that post-trial violence isn't a good idea, saying that "we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken" - which pretty clearly says "I don't agree with the jury, but hey - what the hell can you do?"
Sadly, the answer is - he can do a lot, because there are reports that the Department of Alleged Justice is now considering filing new charges against Zimmerman because the administration doesn't think enough damage has been done to the nation's race relations yet.
And can any of us actually take Barry seriously when he says this is "a nation of laws," considering he doesn't bother to honor or uphold those laws if they relate to Obamacare, immigration, gun trafficking, budgets or, like his late not-quite-son, recreational drug use?
Obama also said that "we should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that's a job for all of us." And, we should point out, the first job actually created under this reprehensible boob in the past 5 years.
But why is he even telling us what we should ask ourselves? Are we, the American people, now universally guilty of some deep moral failing that Barry sees in us, but we've failed to address? Hope n' Change thinks not - and deeply resents the implication.
Better that we should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, why we tolerate a race-baiting president who offers meaningless rhetorical pap when what our nation really needs is healing and leadership.