I just saw one of the marches in support of Trayvon Martin making its way through downtown Chicago. Kudos to them. I am always pleased when I see folks exercising their right to free speech and assembly as they bring awareness to an issue of important public and personal concern.
We call that good citizenship. Right-wingers and Zimmerman supporters call such gatherings "riots". Politics clouds empirical reality for conservatives--again.
Yes, there are a few responsible conservatives who politely and intelligently responded to President Obama's comments on the Trayvon Martin case. They are outliers among the Right-wing pundits. To point. On The McLaughlin Group, Pat Buchanan described President Obama's comments as being "insidious".
Most certainly, this is a bit of projection on Buchanan's part as he is a noxious presence in America's public discourse. I am a fan of first principles. I also enjoyed reading the dictionary as a child.
Thus, my natural question is what exactly does the word "insidious" actually mean?
1. intended to entrap or beguile: an insidious plan.
2. stealthily treacherous or deceitful: an insidious enemy.
3. operating or proceeding in an inconspicuous or seemingly harmless way but actually with grave effect: an insidious disease.
Presuming that Buchanan actually means what he says, and believes that his claims are true, how can one work with the above definitions and apply them to President Obama's heartfelt and reasonable observations about the tragedy of a young person robbed of their live by an adult with a gun who was an overzealous street vigilante?
For Pat Buchanan, as well as Zimmerman's defenders in mass, perhaps there is something inherently "insidious" about black folks and our humanity. Therefore, anything that Obama does--or any other black person with who they disagree with politically--is therefore "insidious" by definition. Likewise, Trayvon Martin and all other black folks (except for their pet conservatives) are insidious as well.
Thus, a presumption of guilt exists over us, and our achievements are made suspect in all areas of life, until we prove our bonafides to Buchanan and his ilk's satisfaction.
Now, that sounds pretty insidious to me.