Book Review: ‘If I had a Son’: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman by Jack Cashill

‘If I had a Son’: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman by Jack Cashill
If I had a son


I heard Massad Ayoob say once: “You do not win a gun fight, you survive it.”  And he should add “not necessarily unscathed.”

If you carry concealed or even if you only have a gun for home defense, you have to read this book. It is an amazing description of what happens when The Carriers of the Narrative focus its attention and considerable power against one man.

This books goes to great lengths detailing  the multi-pronged lynching of George Zimmerman and the total disregard for the rule of law from even by those who swore to uphold it.  Whether you think Zimmerman did or did not the right thing on the February night, the way the case was handled in the media, politicians and the legal system was a disgrace of several orders of magnitude.  It was a process where the Fourth Power had no problems becoming the First Accomplice to the political designs of racial groups and the Judicial branch of a state had no problem becoming the lap-dog of said groups in order to avoid being branded as insensitive and assure re-elections.

I don’t most of us know all the details, inside and out of his case. I did try to follow as close as possible and I found a wealth of information that simply was not available to regular people and that would have made a different story if those who were entrusted with telling us had done their jobs instead of trying to curry favors with some selected political trends.

I am very distrustful of the press. If you have read this blob for more than a month, you pretty much have figured it out.  If the National Guard Letters were the downfall of Dan Rather, the Zimmerman Case is the beginning of the avalanche for the Old Electronic and Dead Tree Media.  As much as they tried to control the message, it was the New Media and the New Electronic Frontier who kept frustrating the job of having everybody singing along the same set of lyrics.  My guess is that many people who did not have trust issued with the Old News generation, were shocked into realize they were lied bluntly by design.

If you think I am exaggerating, ask yourself this question: There is no doubt that George Zimmerman is the most hated man in the USA for killing Trayvon Martin. Yet Adam Lanza killed his mother, stole a rifle, broke into an elementary school and killed twenty small children without compunction and he is not even remotely close in the hate level in the American consciousness.

If that is not telling, I don’t know what else can be.

Hat Tip for this book goes to Andrew Branca who did a much better job keeping me informed of the Zimmerman trial with 140 characters via Twitter than all the major media outlets and cable news channels combined.

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