Following the coverage of the George Zimmerman case, I have to wonder why they bother having a trial at all.
- Judge: Tell us in your own words what happened.
- George Zimmerman: Well, I was driving around in my SUV with my loaded firearm, looking for anything suspicious.
- George Zimmerman: And then I saw the guy.
- George Zimmerman: And then I started following the guy.
- George Zimmerman: And then the 911 dispatcher told me not to approach the guy.
- George Zimmerman: But then I chased the guy.
- George Zimmerman: And then I got out of my car and started punching the guy.
- George Zimmerman: And then the guy started punching me back.
- George Zimmerman: So I shot the guy.
- Judge: And what is your plea again?
- George Zimmerman: Not guilty by reason of self-defense.
- Everyone else: *laughs his ass out of the room*
I understand the reflexive establishment posture, which suggests partisan observations are necessarily wrong, but consider recent events: the fiscal talks have broken down because Republicans won’t compromise and accept meaningful concessions; the farm bill and the Violence Against Women Act are stuck because Republicans won’t vote on them; efforts to reduce gun violence face extremely long odds because Republicans are beholden to the NRA; a U.N. treaty on disabilities was killed because Republicans believed extremist conspiracy theories; the process of filling President Obama’s second term cabinet is stalled because of Republican smear campaigns; and another debt-ceiling crisis is underway because Republicans are threatening to hurt Americans on purpose unless Democrats pay a steep ransom.
It’s not “both their fault.” One side is being reasonable; the other side is being nihilistic. One need not be partisan or biased to see what is plainly true.— It’s not ‘both their fault’ (via wilwheaton)