“No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.”

That’s all I have to say about “Stand Your Ground” laws and the like. No comment on the police department or Zimmerman can really be made at this point, for I don’t have a word worse than “despicable.” After all, even if this thing goes to trial (I know. We have judges and juries and courts and stuff. Imagine that!) and the self-defense story wins, following people and bothering them and being ready to unload a clip into them is not behavior anyone should willingly indulge or condone.

Which brings us to the state of conservatism today. You can’t have politics if you genuinely believe that your fellow Americans hate your country and want to kill you. You can’t have politics if you believe Reagan is closer to Jesus than everyone else because he was conservative. (Yes, click that link. You will be sorely disappointed if you do not.) Oh, and you can’t have politics if you let racism grow and spread. You can have factionalism and hate, but that doesn’t add up to politics. I don’t know what politics is, but I know at some point it is a basic agreement we work together.

Good conservative talking points involve getting people back to work, not spending more money than we have, having a solid, serious foreign policy, prison reform, fostering a respect for life, and yes, working for equality. It’s important people don’t feel like second-class citizens in their own country. It’s so important that once upon a time these people got together and wrote a thing called the “Declaration of Independence.” I don’t remember it talking about neighborhood watchmen being armed to the teeth. I do remember that “all men are created equal” and have rights. The earlier sense of right: not “I can do whatever I want,” but “what is just.”

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