Roland Martin’s Support For Florida Boycott Against Stand Your Ground Law

On a recent episode of “NewsOneNow” on the TVOne network, Roland Martin and a panel of guests discussed the possibility of activists in Florida endeavoring to intimidate local businesses- including Tropicana and Disney- by threatening an economic boycott.  This potential boycott is an attempt to coerce state lawmakers into repealing the so-called controversial, “stand your ground” (SYG) law.

Martin played clips of the demonstration which included Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown- known for her big wigs and epic CNN meltdown, along with pastor Jamal Bryant, doing his best Je$$e Jack$on routine of trying to intimidate and shakedown Tropicana for not donating a portion of their profits to any “civil rights organizations.”

Martin’s panel- which included Shelby Emmett a lawyer and member of Project 21, Dru Ealons- a political commentator, and George Curry of NNPA News Service, discussed the potentiality of the economic boycotts, so-called “civil rights leaders,” and Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Martin, Ealons and Curry defended this economic boycott because they oppose the “SYG” law.  Emmett argued- in my opinion, rightly- that economic boycotts have to be thought out to their logical conclusion(s) to avoid the unintentional consequences that could negatively affect working class families as activists try to advance a political agenda.  But Martin and others were undeterred in their support for this boycott because they aggressively want Florida’s law repealed.

Roland Martin is a funny guy; it’s unintentional, but still funny.  In his defense of this silly boycott, Martin, like Ealons and Curry, like so-called civil rights leaders, like Barack Obama; like self-deprecating, guilty white liberals and rabid progressives, like most blacks in general who were emotionally manipulated in the Trayvon Martin case and the recent Jordan Davis case- fault the “SYG” law saying it was the reason George Zimmerman wasn’t convicted of second-degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin, and why Michael Dunn- though convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder, wasn’t convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Jordan Davis.

And Martin invoked the law with a straight face.

For the thousandth time, the “SYG” law wasn’t used as a defense in either case.  I repeat- the Florida statute that legalizes a “justifiable use of force” was not used in the defense of George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn.

As heartrending as these deaths may have been, both defendants- Zimmerman and Dunn- argued self-defense, not SYG.  Period. The people who continue to lament the evils of SYG and who continually call for its repeal, citing the deaths of both Martin and Davis are being intentionally dishonest as they engage in racial agitation. Plainly speaking, they’re liars. Roland Martin lied; Je$$e Jack$on lied; Al $harpton lied; Barack Obama lied.  Any black person- whether it’s a sorry-sack politician or the average citizen, knowingly lies when they claim that SYG is the reason why Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis were killed.

The second segment of this show wasn’t any better. Martin rants on about SYG allowing people “to act a fool when you have that gun.”  The law doesn’t do that, by the way.

Martin details what transpired the night that Michael Dunn shot Jordan Davis.  If you watch and listen closely, Dunn’s actions- based on Martin’s descriptions- are in no way associated with- nor defended by- the merits of the “SYG” law. Martin goes on to conflate people (hypothetically arguing) they should be able to shoot their guns whenever and wherever because it’s a protected right.

Roland Martin is serious.  Too bad he comes across as unserious.

Just like the recently vetoed, religious liberty bill in Arizona which most opponents couldn’t be bothered to read, most people who oppose the Florida SYG law haven’t read this law either.  Why should these people bother with facts when they have a political agenda to advance?

If Roland Martin, two of his panelists, any self-appointed (or anointed) so-called civil rights leader or politician who are in visible positions of influence and leadership can’t take the time to read legislation they oppose, injure their moral and intellectual credibility and forfeit the privilege of being taken seriously.  Liars deserve to be disregarded.  What else can be said about people who intentionally lie to advance an agenda- political or otherwise?

After another clip, in the second segment, Martin references a discussion between he and Emmett in which she – again, rightly in my opinion- acknowledges the differences of priorities between younger blacks and those blacks who lived during the civil rights era.

This segment encapsulates exactly what’s wrong with the black, so-called “leadership” that self-identifies with the “civil rights generation.” Here’s a newsflash to blacks and their “leaders”- we won our civil rights- fifty years ago in fact, this July. In the past fifty years, America has done its best to offer provisions and social policies to blacks- many times at the expense of blacks, in an (never-ending) effort of absolution- atoning for the sin of racial discrimination.  Any lack of progress of blacks is largely the result of self-inflicted shortcomings brought on by blacks themselves.

As a consequence, the civil rights establishment is dead.  Dead. These big-mouthed black “leaders” are the result of what was birthed by the civil rights movement- the racial grievance industry (enabled by white progressives) and the the black grievance industry- those who claim to be the progeny of civil rights “leadership” who’ve personally benefitted from the civil rights era, but who’re less than truthful in acknowledging black responsibility for black problems. For both industries, black problems continue to be whitey’s fault.

More to the point, black “leadership” still thinks it’s the 1960’s, evidenced by the language they still use (mobilize, organize, etc.), the continuation of “marches” in combination with threats of boycotts, accompanied by tired and retread slogans that were characteristic of the time.  All that damn energy wasted on symbolic marching (to nowhere) could be used trying to solve the crises that plague and dishonor blacks.

Emmett said, “Just because my generation doesn’t want to do things the same way that previous [civil rights] generations did does not mean we don’t care as much.  It just means we look at it differently.”

Amen.

And this is the hope for blacks- and the country in general.  The hope is that a new quality of leadership isn’t fixated on the past, predicated on the dishonest and immoral tactics that characterizes those in the racial grievance and black grievance industries.  This new leadership recognizes the new challenges that face the country and are willing and eager to confront them earnestly.

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Lackluster Jobs Report

Because of the administration perpetual damage control these days- attempting to manage the repercussions of the President’s ongoing and mounting missteps, the economy seems all but forgotten.

Domestically, these blunders include- but aren’t limited to- the continuing and unanswered questions surrounding the IRS’ political intimidation scandal. There’s also the man-made distraction that is Attorney General Eric Holder who encouraged his state-based counterparts to disregard their oaths to their respective state constitutions and not defend laws they personally disagree with.  He also tried to persuade states to lift bans that would allow convicted felons voting privileges.

And there’s yet another Obamacare implementation modification and two-year delay to the imposition of the individual mandate.

On the world stage these blunders include the repercussions of Syrian’s civil war and humanitarian disaster that occurred while Obama weakly endeavored to erase the red line he set in regards to Bashir Assad’s murdering of his own people.  Then there’s Iran’s disruption of Middle East politics and mocking of the president’s threat of military force to contain Iran.  And who can ignore Putin’s methodical attempt to expand the Russian empire into Ukraine.

Again, because of the President’s contribution to these distractions, the economy is the forgotten man.  The economy receives scant mention by the media and not taken seriously by the President or his economic advisors.

The national unemployment rate had a slight increase to 6.7%, (U-6 is 12.6%) representing 10.5 million Americans still looking for work.  The long term unemployed increased by 203k in February, bringing the total number of Americans unemployed 27-weeks or longer to 3.8 million.

The Obama administration will continue to spin this report as (more) evidence of and economy slowly gaining momentum even though the nation’s GDP was revised downward to a 2.4% annual growth pace in the fourth quarter, not the 3.2% that was initially reported.

Five years after the president’s celebrated $900 billion “stimulus package,” there are still more people out of the workforce today than when he took office in January 2009.  There are more people receiving food stamps and federal disability than when he took office as well.  The annual average labor force participation rate reached a 35-yr-low, averaging 63.2% for 2013. All of this is indicative of the fact that this “recovery”- if one still wants to call it that- is the weakest since the Second World War.

The CBO’s recently released report describes the reality in detail.  It notes that the sluggish recovery, the inverse relation of the unemployment rate drop to the high numbers of disaffected, potential employees who’ve left the labor force (including the high numbers of the long-term unemployed) and the low demand for goods and services that’s partially responsible for the slow growth of payrolls is expected to negatively affect the nation’s economy for at least a decade.

Month after month, the economic indicators have become increasingly ominous, yet very little has been done, let alone addressed. The country is in a vulnerable position and in need of leadership- particularly on this issue.  But it won’t be found in the person reclined in the Oval Office who disrespectfully puts his feet up on the Resolute Desk.

Consider the president’s recently released, $4 trillion dollar partisan budget that Democrats will use as a campaign platform for the midterm elections.  The president wants more tax increases with projected revenue of more than a trillion dollars; he wants to decrease the size and pay for members of our military (even though food stamp use among our soldiers has increased under Obama).

Obama also wants to create and fund more social programs like “universal preschool” and he wants to extend unemployment insurance.  There are even budget sub-topics such as ending homelessness, increasing minimum wage and immigration reform.

If that wasn’t unserious enough, the president’s budget also calls for a $1 billion-dollar, “resilience fund,” that would combat the negative effects of climate change.  This would give the EPA the money and power to impose the president’s regulation-heavy agenda on the country, causing energy costs to increase, cheating the economy of over $2 trillion over the next twenty-plus years.

Obama’s budget is in no way a sober attempt to deal with the economic difficulties facing the country, many he directly contributed to.  In other words, zero substance, which is perfectly reflective of its author.

The state of the nation’s economy matters very little to the president.  Obama hasn’t been held accountable for the country’s poor economic situation thus far and I suspect very little will change that fact in the near future.

Ash Wednesday

ashWear it with pride. 

 

I admitted my sin to you; I didn’t conceal my guilt. “I’ll confess my sins to the LORD,” is what I said. Then you removed the guilty of my sin (Ps. 32:5).

Come let’s worship and bow down! Let’s kneel before the LORD, our maker! He is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, the sheep in his hands. If only you would listen to his voice right now! “Don’t harden your hearts…” (Ps. 95:6-8).

If you kept track of sins, LORD – my Lord, who would stand a chance? But forgiveness is with you – that’s why you are honored (Ps. 130:3-4).

Listen to my prayer, LORD! Because of your faithfulness, hear my request for mercy! Because of your righteousness, answer me! Please don’t bring your servant to judgment, because no living thing is righteous before you (Ps. 143:1-2).

Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of heavenly forces, will be with you just as you have said. Hate evil, love good, and establish justice at the city gate. Perhaps the LORD God of heavenly forces will be gracious to what is left of Joseph (Amos 5:14-15).

Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne (Hebrews 12:1-2).

…the tax collector stood at a distance. He wouldn’t even lift his eyes to look toward heaven. Rather, he struck his chest and said, ‘God, show mercy to me, a sinner.’ I tell you, this person went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. All who lift themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up” (Luke 18:13-14).

Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:2).

Bear fruits in keeping with repentance (Luke 3:8).

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord… (Acts 3:19-20).