- Politics and Social Issues
The Trayvon Martin Case
Racial prejudice, politics and justice
The Trayvon Martin case has driven it home to me that there's more to it than a rush to judgment, though that is a prominent and omnipresent characteristic of the era of mass media. On display here is another of the fundamental differences between the left and the right.
Despite its cooption and corruption by our monstrous, illegal, unchartered and increasingly fascist national state, I still believe in the rule of law. It is the only way we can live and work together more or less in peace and harmony, and when it's possible to have it peace is almost always far preferable to war.
The left, on the other hand, believes in achieving its political objectives. It is at war with the rest of society, waging it primarily through political means but through uncivil, even violent, ones when necessary. In a state of war there are no rules. The law becomes merely a tool for the cause, to be used when convenient, trashed when not. The left goes there quickly, whenever its advantage requires exposing that otherwise hidden ruthlessness. The right is in general restrained by the agreed process theoretically applying to us all. The playing field is not level because the two sides are playing by different rules.
In this case, the underlying justification for the incivility of the Martin supporters is to change how society and the law deal with black men. The narrative goes that historical injustice remains embedded in how they are treated by the public and the justice system, that the killing of Martin brings that consideration to the fore whether or not the facts of the case support such a reading, and therefore the facts don't matter. There is a greater truth to be served, and this incident is an opportunity to do it.
That world view is archetypal of the political left. It believes it is endowed with a transcendent truth, an end requiring whatever means are necessary to achieve it. It is the negation of the rule of law.
Left and right talk at one another, not with one another, because most people do not understand that basic difference in world view. The US sociopolitical leadership, a superclass considering itself a meritocracy and of which the national press are members, know and exploit it for their own purposes. The left believes the end justifies the means, the right believes the means are the end. Look at the Martin case with it in mind, and you can cut through the fog of obfuscation and confusion that has built up around it through deliberate manipulation of the sort we saw on the floor of congress this week.