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Family rescued by George Zimmerman from car accident cancels press conference in fear of “blowback”
Hotair ^ | 07/24/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 07/24/2013 7:38:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A terrible moral dilemma. Hold a presser to vouch for the man who rescued you at a moment when he could really use the public support? Or stay out of the line of fire from vigilante lunatics bent on exacting “justice for Trayvon”?

What’s a couple with two small children to do?

The Gerstles were expected to hold a press conference today at the office of Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara, but cancelled a few hours before it was supposed to take place…

“The family called because they wanted to address the media. I knew that if we did it in an organized way, it would help them get back to a normal life.. But they called today and said they were more worried about blow back from saying anything that would be favorable to George, and decided they did not want to do any media,” O’Mara said.

The lawyer said that when he spoke to the Gerstles “their voices were trembling” and that they feared saying anything positive about Zimmerman “would be toxic.”…

Zimmerman “should be [armed] given the threats against him,” O’Mara said. He added, “If I were him I would leave” the country.

The most amazing thing to me about the rescue is that he was still in Sanford days after the verdict. I figured he and his defense team had devised a plan long ago to move him to Canada or Mexico or parts unknown in the event of an acquittal. He wouldn’t be “safe” there either necessarily, but the effort to track him down and get to him would be prohibitive for all but the most insistent nuts. As it is, I wonder if he’s thinking he can ride out the storm by lying low for a year or two, until most people have forgotten, and then quietly re-emerge somewhere in the U.S. I think he’s making a mistake.

Incidentally, is there an agency (or a charity) at either the state or federal level that provides security for high-profile criminal defendants upon release or acquittal? I’m not thinking about that for Zimmerman specifically, just in general. O.J. could have used it, I’m sure; so could Casey Anthony. I think they’re both guilty as sin, and maybe O.J.’s a special case because he could afford to pay for his own protection, but it seems weird to discharge a defendant from court on grounds that they’re “free” to go when they’re facing hundreds or thousands of death threats with little professional help in thwarting them. National media holds these people out, sometimes rightly and sometimes wrongly, as monsters and then they’re left to fend for themselves against a public that despises them. Is that their idea of “rough justice”? I’m not sure prison wouldn’t have been safer for Zimmerman.

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1 posted on 07/24/2013 7:38:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Family rescued by George Zimmerman from car accident cancels press conference in fear of “beau Black
2 posted on 07/24/2013 7:39:34 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if they were paid a visit and by whom. I wonder how much $ they gave them.

Zimmerman needs to sue everyone, get his money and leave the country.


3 posted on 07/24/2013 7:43:13 PM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: SeekAndFind
How sad we cannot celebrate heroism if the hero is a ‘White Hispanic’. The culture is rotting from the top. Evil is deified and good is denigrated. I am sick for my country.
4 posted on 07/24/2013 7:44:14 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: DoughtyOne

George Zimmerman saved that man’s whole family yet he can’t bring himself to stand up and publicly thank & support him. Probably voted for O; in fact I’d bet on it. What a coward.


5 posted on 07/24/2013 7:47:05 PM PDT by Shannon
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To: Shannon

Shannon, the man has a wife and children. There are times in our lives as men, we have to stuff what we would like to do, and remember who comes first. That man’s duty is to his family. I’m not going to fault the guy at all.

In his heart, that man is gratefull. At the scene, I’ll bet he made it very clear how he felt about it.

If you’ve every done something great for someone else, you don’t need to be thanked. It’s nice. In time you forget about it. You’d think that would be the one thing you’d never forget.

Instead it’s your moments of frailty that rise up and haunt you.


6 posted on 07/24/2013 7:54:53 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: SeekAndFind
They are scumbags. Brave Sir Robin

What about those Navy Seals in Benghazi who rushed to help those people in the Consulate? They knew they were going to their death. This couple, if they appeared on tv to thank Mr. Zimmerman, would not be facing certain death.

Now Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, and other lib/commie, faux humorists will spread the lie that the couple won't appear because the incident never happened, thereby deepening the hatred against the good George Zimmerman :-|

7 posted on 07/24/2013 7:55:21 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: DoughtyOne

Amen! I am really itching for a fight here, but I would have done the same thing as this dad considering the size of the opposing force.

I have little ones that i worry about and I have backed away from some fights that I would have loved to fight too... (Irish)


8 posted on 07/24/2013 8:02:35 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: DoughtyOne

“Shannon, the man has a wife and children.”

So did the founders. And they were in a lot more danfer doing what they did than this guy.

Seriously. Sometimes doing what is morally right is dangerous. That’s what makes men, Men.

The alternative is that the Black Pamper types win. And they just did. So what about the next time? And the next that always comes? Eventually someone has to man up.


9 posted on 07/24/2013 8:03:35 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SeekAndFind

When people who have done nothing wrong are afraid to appear in public, isn’t that the goal of all terrorists?


10 posted on 07/24/2013 8:15:16 PM PDT by Spok
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To: SeekAndFind
The family will join the silent group of Benghazi survivors.
11 posted on 07/24/2013 8:18:03 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Spok

Yup. They have been called domestic terrorists and I think that title fits for the hang Zimmerman crowd.

neither Zimmerman or the people he rescued have done anything wrong.

(well.. there is probably some stupid law about wrecking your own truck in FL, but other than that..)


12 posted on 07/24/2013 8:21:36 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Norm Lenhart
This couple wasn't even threatened yet. They did what one Conservative commentator called preemptive cowardice. A new and sickening trend in this country.

Stick a fork in America because she is done.

13 posted on 07/24/2013 8:24:26 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Stepan12

are you sure about that? (that they where not threatened yet) I don’t know either way, but it’s not to say they didn’t get a preemptive phone call from someone telling them to STFU.


14 posted on 07/24/2013 8:26:50 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Stepan12
This couple wasn't even threatened yet.

You are obviously privy to some private information and the rest of us aren't.

Come forward with it, or are you the same kind of coward you accuse the family of?

15 posted on 07/24/2013 8:34:28 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not seeing the dilemma here. A man saves your life, the least you can do is to thank him. It’s not necessary to do so publicly or to the media. As long as he’s square with George one on one, that’s all that’s necessary. Somone needs to tell this guy to just ignore the media, take care of his family, and put this behind them. If every celebutard that goes into rehab is “entitled to their privacy” then this guy sure as hell is. He needs to be a man and think for himself and not through some PR agent.


16 posted on 07/24/2013 8:41:27 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Stepan12

I am stunned daily by how far removed we have become from our ancestors. There is always an excuse. Always. Sure speaking out carries risk. But you either take that risk or accept your (collectively speaking) place as a slave to PC and terror. It is that simple.


17 posted on 07/24/2013 8:43:23 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SeekAndFind

Since I can’t think of something new to add, I shall Post a previous comment I made on another LIBERALS HATE GZ Thread.

>”So, the Democrat Obama Voter and his Family are afraid of the other Democrat Obama Voters because they were rescued by a Democrat Obama Voter”<

I think that about sums up the State of the Union. Thanks.


18 posted on 07/24/2013 8:46:56 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (They can follow the Communist, I'll follow the Constitution...)
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To: Balding_Eagle
I suggest you join the Justice for Trayvon protests Maybe then your life will be spared by the New Black Panthers. I Surrender Dear
19 posted on 07/24/2013 8:50:50 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: SeekAndFind

Keeping silent about is the like saying you agree with it.
Sorry but these people are standing on the same moral ground as the Germans who kept silent while they marched Jews to death camps.

The guy saved their lives and they can’t open their mouths to say so in public .... Zimmerman risked his life coming out of his truck to save theirs

The race baiters get away with this BECAUSE PEOPLE COWER AND KEEP SILENT


20 posted on 07/24/2013 8:51:05 PM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Shannon

the idea of a press conference was silly to begin with... heroes don’t rescue others for public accolades... would there necessarily be a press conference had the rescuer been someone other than GZ?


21 posted on 07/24/2013 8:51:22 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I know what you mean. Washington, Jefferson, Ben Franklin; etc. They didn’t have families?


22 posted on 07/24/2013 8:54:14 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Stepan12

What I don’t get is that we as a group who respect the founders, somehow seem to be able to ignore EVERYTHING about why they created America to begin with.

When I look at the risks they took, up to and including dying...and we can’t even VOTE in a secret ballot for what we believe in? We can’t fight back even with words of TRUTH to the liberal BS?

No, we are well and truly pathetic. I had a freeper tell me that ‘John Wayne’ talk was all BS. Really? If so, how did the founders create America? On lies?

Freepers need to consider that. If we don’t, how the hell do we expect the average schmock to?


23 posted on 07/24/2013 8:59:34 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Shannon

A coward indeed.


24 posted on 07/24/2013 9:21:33 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Lera
"The race baiters get away with this BECAUSE PEOPLE COWER AND KEEP SILENT"

I've noticed this a lot lately. People go with the main PC flow, not just with racial stuff. One day, too late, they will/might wake up.

I'd bet if Trayvon, or a black family was in that accident, Mr Zimmerman would still save them. I'm curious what the reaction would have been had it been a black family. I cringe that the saved family is wimping out. Maybe they wish someone else had saved them. Kinda shows that whites have no back bones.

One thing I'm sure of, Mr Zimmerman can sleep peacefully because of his brave act. God Bless him.

25 posted on 07/24/2013 9:35:45 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: SeekAndFind

This moral dilemma is interesting to think about, especially if you think of it in terms of, “What would i do?” I’d be the last to judge him because we only have a portion of the story (the media version).

Half of me wants to accept the fact that he should be putting his family’s safety first. (Shoot, for all we know, his wife is the one who is scared and made him back out by threatening the couch treatment.)

Having said that, what does this teach his kids?! It teaches them to be loyal ONLY if it’s convenient and won’t cause any personal pain, that’s what it teaches them. It teaches them to be a wimp when you’re bullied and to turn tail and run like a whipped dog. It teaches them it’s preferable to crawl into a hole to hide when things get tough instead of standing up for what is good and right and Godly.

Zimmerman risked injury to himself to save this man’s entire family, for crying out loud! And not only that, now the “Hate Zimmerman” mob is claiming the rescue didn’t happen (or was staged)? And this couple can sit there and watch that and STILL do nothing to stand up for the man who helped them?

I wouldn’t climb into a foxhole with either one of these people! If this were my husband, i would be ashamed of him and have no respect for him if he didn’t stand up. As long as he consulted me first before going public, i would EXPECT him to stand up for Zimmerman.

Maybe they have some dirt on one of them, like an affair or an addiction or something.


26 posted on 07/24/2013 9:43:43 PM PDT by Nita Nupress ( Use your mind, not your emotions. Refuse to be manipulated by Marxists!)
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To: Norm Lenhart
"I am stunned daily by how far removed we have become from our ancestors. There is always an excuse. Always. Sure speaking out carries risk. But you either take that risk or accept your (collectively speaking) place as a slave to PC and terror. It is that simple."

I"mnot sure where it is in the Bible or if it's just an interpretation, but He dislikes a lukewarm person. Someone who's neither hot or cold. Didn't He say He would spew them out?Same applies to politics or every day life. People trying to play on the PC safe side of the road, staying within a personal comfort zone.

Maybe that family rather have died than be saved by Mr Zimmerman. God has placed those people together for a reason. The saved folks are living in fear of being unPC (siding with evil) than doing the right thing (siding with good and truth). Goodness,if the blacks attack them for speaking the truth, won't that expose the real issue?Either way,that family may find physical peace, but their spirit will be eaten with guilt.

27 posted on 07/24/2013 9:47:49 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: WomBom

Thanks WomBom.


28 posted on 07/24/2013 9:57:14 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: Nita Nupress

I might add that my husband has also done what GZ did, so that’s probably influencing my thoughts on this. He came up on a wreck similar to this situation. The driver had broken legs and was trapped behind the steering wheel of a pickup that was on fire. My husband and another man pulled this guy out after prying the truck door open. Yeah, i was very proud of him. And yes, if my husband was Zimmerman, i would want the guy he saved to stand up for him.


29 posted on 07/24/2013 9:59:22 PM PDT by Nita Nupress ( Use your mind, not your emotions. Refuse to be manipulated by Marxists!)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
I"mnot sure where it is in the Bible or if it's just an interpretation, but He dislikes a lukewarm person. Someone who's neither hot or cold. Didn't He say He would spew them out?

(Revelation 3:15) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
(Revelation 3:16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
(Revelation 3:17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

30 posted on 07/24/2013 10:02:39 PM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

People who are not willing to stand up and be counted don’t deserve freedom.People aren’t standing up and that is why we are loosing it .


31 posted on 07/24/2013 10:05:57 PM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Lera

Exactly. Once upon a time, no man worth his huevos would give a second thought to doing the right thing soley because it was the right thing to do. Honor and decency meant something.

No one has to pretend they are Superman, but when something so simple and basic as standing up PUBLICLY for the man who helped rescue your entire family from a dangerous situation is somehow too much to ask, it’s time people do a pretty basic gut check about where their actual beliefs and principles lie.

This is basic stuff. Right and wrong. Principles matter. Little things matter. BASICS matter.


32 posted on 07/24/2013 10:17:44 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: WomBom

Zimmerman knows what he did. The family knows what he did.
And the nation now knows what he did.


33 posted on 07/24/2013 10:26:08 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: SeekAndFind

There was some other guy there, who was as involved in the rescue as GZ, or possibly more.

AFAIK, his name has not been reported, and nobody is going to hold a press conference to publicly thank him.

Is there any particularly logical reason this family should be giving more publicity to GZ simply because he was recently acquitted in a high-profile trial?


34 posted on 07/25/2013 1:54:28 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Lera

Thank you.


35 posted on 07/25/2013 4:14:14 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Norm Lenhart
Sometimes doing what is morally right is dangerous. That’s what makes men, Men.

Yep.

36 posted on 07/25/2013 4:19:30 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Sherman Logan

Uhm, yes...

Zimmerman _needs_ their support. Zimmerman’s own life is n danger, and their speaking out on his behalf might actually make a difference to his survival or how his life will be from now on.

They owe him their lives and should do what they can to help him. It’s about honour and decency, things that would have been a matter of course not long ago...


37 posted on 07/25/2013 5:04:15 AM PDT by LastNorwegian
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To: All

When it comes down to being a hero or making sure my family is safe you can call me a coward also.


38 posted on 07/25/2013 5:13:01 AM PDT by McGruff (I need a new party.)
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To: LastNorwegian

Disagree.

They have no moral obligations to him other than those they would have if he were not a public figure.


39 posted on 07/25/2013 5:24:35 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: latina4dubya
would there necessarily be a press conference had the rescuer been someone other than GZ?

There was someone other than GZ who helped rescue them. But nobody is denouncing this family for not holding a press conference to thank him.

40 posted on 07/25/2013 5:25:44 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Uncle Chip
A lot of good responses on this thread...(some, not so good)
41 posted on 07/25/2013 5:37:56 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: SeekAndFind

IMO, the worst thing about this is that in the “on the hour” type MSM reports I heard (including Fox), crawlers at screen bottom, and even in short stories in some newscasts, etc., this was made out to look like the family didn’t want to be associated with Zimmerman because though he may have helped them, they thought he was still a bad person. The family’s fear of retribution if they thanked GZ publicly was not referenced. This is of course how many people get most of their news.

(Granted that most written articles and longer reports from at least a couple of the major sources seemed to be, shall we say, more complete.)

But overall? Bloody bastard MSM!!!

This just stinks.

However... Manure makes pretty good fertilizer. This family’s fear, and the death threats against Zimmerman’s family can be used to our advantage.


42 posted on 07/25/2013 5:58:52 AM PDT by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am OK with this, in fact I see it as an advantage for Zimmerman.

They should have just released a statment along the lines of “we are grateful to George Zimmerman who helped us out of the car accident and wanted to publicly thank him but unfortunately the negative bias in the media forces us to think it is unwise to appear in public at this time.”


43 posted on 07/25/2013 6:02:48 AM PDT by Mr. K (4 election)
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To: Sherman Logan

good point!


44 posted on 07/25/2013 6:26:19 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Stepan12

Ah, change the subject to distract from your obvious cowardance. Someone obviously got to you.

Stick a fork in Stepan12, he’s done.


45 posted on 07/25/2013 6:51:39 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Sherman Logan

You’re missing the point entirely and that argument makes no sense.

They have a moral obligation to repay him for saving their lives. And Zimmerman is in danger precisely because he is a public figure. To ignore that makes no sense. It is the very thing that gives them the opportunity to return the favour in a small way. As far as we know it makes no difference to the other guy whether they hold a press conference or not. But is is clear that Zimmerman desperately needs a better (more truthful) public image. To him it can be the difference that decides if he is shunned or not, or it can literally be a matter of life and death. For them to shirk away from supporting him when he needs them is just plain despicable. So what that he’s a public figure (which is really a polite way of saying villified and persecuted)? That doesn’t mean they owe him any less.

Imagine if their other rescuer has someone wanting to beat him into a pulp. And further imagine that they deny taking him in if he’s on their doorstep. Would you then argue that they owe him no more than they would someone who isn’t being chased by someone who wants to do him harm? Because that is exactly the same principle.

You speak as if holding a press conference is some sort of gift or excessive reward. It is not. It is the very least thing they could do for a man who essentially is living with a price on his head due to bad PR.


46 posted on 07/25/2013 7:00:13 AM PDT by LastNorwegian
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To: Shannon

“George Zimmerman saved that man’s whole family yet he can’t bring himself to stand up and publicly thank & support him. Probably voted for O; in fact I’d bet on it. What a coward.”

That man is already being hounded by the leftist media and his identity and personal info has already been exposed by the left to the hoards of “revenge-seeking” Trayvon worshippers. Try putting yourself in his shoes for a change and you might just find that you understand his decision to at least TRY to keep his family safe from the same persecution that Zimmerman is now undergoing. Had he appeared publicly and thanked Zimmerman, the left would descend even more viciously upon him and his than they already are.

We are already living in a society based on mob mentality and anarchy. The left has already won.


47 posted on 07/25/2013 7:21:50 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie)
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To: Lera
"Sorry but these people are standing on the same moral ground as the Germans who kept silent while they marched Jews to death camps.

The guy saved their lives and they can’t open their mouths to say so in public .... Zimmerman risked his life coming out of his truck to save theirs."

Oh for God's sake. Cut the crap and the hyperbole.

I don't blame Gerstle one bit for trying to save his family from the rabid left. It looks like it is already too late, and he may still speak out against it publicly at some point, but he is already being targeted. In fact, Gerstle is being hounded by the left as we speak.

www.Newsball.com

Try for once to empathize with someone in a "damned if you do and damned if you don't" position.

In other words....don't act like a g'damned leftie.

48 posted on 07/25/2013 7:35:04 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Norm, respectfully, you are wrong.

Look what we have learned over the last few years. It is now illegal to defend yourself against a black. Yeah sure, he got off after being jailed, losing everything and almost being convicted of something because a couple of jurors thought it had to be done. Now he is fair game for social justice.

Forget our Sate Laws, they are a joke. Feds pick up a phone and you are lynched; simple as that. Feds aren't even trying to hide their hate and bias anymore, neither is the media. Lies and distortion god forbid if you stand up for yourself to the wrong demographic.

But you already know this because you/I/other here get to see the real truth from sites like this.

But here is the real problem today. Our own “supposed” like minded folks. Yes, many of us. On this site and on another gun site with a big following, how many people were crucifying Zimmerman. A man who is looking out for his neighbors and I saw far too much “He's a cop wannabe - Mind your own business - play stupid games - Should have stayed in the car - He stalked the kid”. Yes, conservative gun owners spouted this garbage.

Anytime a man stands up to the Govt or Law Enforcement, you'll find plenty of “our side” guys ready to bury and slander the man. We are our own worst enemy to the point we have become wimps (I'd like to use a stronger word here).

The other side has solidarity, our side just loves to argue, attack each other and almost Alinsky those that have the guts to make a stand.

This is what disgusts me, not the rescued family who has gone silent.

49 posted on 07/25/2013 7:37:15 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: Lera
"People who are not willing to stand up and be counted don’t deserve freedom.People aren’t standing up and that is why we are loosing it."

So then, why don't you stand up and be counted by the rabid left? I dare you to go over to Democratic Underground, announce your support for George Zimmerman and your disapproval of Trayvon Martin and post your personal contact information. Go ahead. It's the ""brave"" thing to do!

The family that was unfortunate enough to become embroiled in this clusterf*k situation has already had THEIR personal contact information revealed and they are being hounded by the left. If you really think that 'your freedom' depends upon it, perhaps you should join them in their plight.

50 posted on 07/25/2013 7:45:37 AM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie)
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