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I miss the republic...

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I miss the republic I grew up in, where state and local governments still had the bulk of authority over the day to day operations in our society.  I just read part of an article on Yahoo! that claims that George Zimmerman won't be getting his gun back any time soon, thanks to a hold placed on it by the Justice Department as evidence in their ongoing investigation.  Couple that with the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder met with civil rights leaders in 2012 as they were organizing 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies.  Doesn't seem too ethical, does it? The last I knew, it was supposed to be innocent until proven guilty in this country.

I just got done listening to the president's remarks online -- because, of course, he had to weigh in on the matter again.  Once more I find his remarks to foster divisiveness and to be of no help to anyone but his personal agenda.  It makes me sad to say that, as I had truly hoped for more 'hope and change.'  What I fear we got is more of the same with interest.

Whether you like the verdict or not, it is what it is.  My understanding was that once you were exonerated of the crime of murder, you could not continue to be tried for it or punished as though you had committed it. Apparently, in modern day America, that is no longer the case.

I personally believe, as I have said and written before, that George Zimmerman is guilty of manslaughter.  His actions led directly to the death of Trayvon Martin.  If he had not followed him and had stayed in his car as instructed, Trayvon would be alive and none of this would have happened.  But the jury found him not guilty, because there was some reasonable doubt.  That's how the system works, and although I would have liked to have seen a different verdict, I'm glad it works the way it does.

This case is not about race or violation of civil rights.  It's about the unfortunate and stupid act of a neighborhood watchman who got overzealous and, as a consequence, in over his head.  Eric Holder should pay more attention to who's running guns from south of our border and matters of importance like that -- rather than pandering to the whims of those who would like to stir up feelings of hate and animosity between races to garner fame and fortune.
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