H.R. 613


I have never been much for writing indignant notes to my — or any — Congressman. Having spent the bulk of my professional career in and around the political class, I am well aware that most of them on both sides of the aisle can at least pretend to have concern for people, but few of them care about individuals.

Politicians consider any one-on-one discussion with an individual voter a hassle. Most of them lose interest faster than a copy editor proofreading an in-depth piece about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s latest facelift the moment they recognize that whoever is hassling them is unlikely to produce either a check with more zeroes than a Netroots convention or a pantload of votes from some disaffected group of grasping oxygen thieves.

Therefore, I have decided against dashing off some outraged missive to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) — specifically Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Al Sharpton’s back pocket); Representative Corrine Brown (D-Sharpton’s other back pocket); Representative Alcee Hastings (D-Federal Judiciary Impeachment Proceedings); and Representative Frederica Wilson (D–Hanna’s House of Hideous Hats) — in the wake of their disgraceful and exceptionally stupid introduction of H.R. 612:

Honoring the life of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, urging the State of Florida and others to repeal the Stand Your Ground law, and admonishing involved parties to pursue full investigations into all homicides, regardless of defenses asserted by the offender.

If the “good” Congressmen don’t have time for you, then the clowns of the CBC would probably charge you for their time.

In the text of H.R. 612, the “Florida Four” declared, among other effrontery: “[George] Zimmerman’s… racial bias led to the use of deadly force.” Logic dictates that the Congressmen ought to be familiar with the concept of “facts not in evidence,” even if they do avoid reason the way I avoid process servers. Granted, Hastings is excused from knowledge of any legal concepts beyond “soliciting bribes is bad form.”

Tragic though it is, I understand that their constituents are silly enough not only to vote for them, but to support them in their appalling efforts to tar and feather Zimmerman without the benefit of the doubt, a trial or even a CliffsNotes understanding of the facts surrounding his case (which, as NBC News will tell you, increasingly favor Zimmerman’s version of events). Nonetheless, given the fact that the Congressmen are as likely to read any messages I might send their way as Michael Moore is to peruse the Fit Fare® section of the Denny’s menu, I decided against a pointless email and instead headed in a different direction.

To wit:

H.R. 613

Deploring the shameless lack of decency displayed by the Congressional Black Caucus in trying to exploit the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin incident in Florida, urging America to turn its back on these vermin as they use tragedy to further their pursuit of the trappings of power and deliberately obfuscate the truth in their effort to do so, and rebuking them for the legislative abomination which is H.R. 612.


Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, Alcee Hastings, Frederica Wilson, Corinne Brown, the Congressional Black Caucus and their accomplices Al Sharpton, NBC News, Jesse Jackson, the New Black Panther Party, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Action Network are race-pimping filth who debase not only the national discourse but the legislative process with grotesqueries such as H.R. 612.


Cleaver, et al. are slightly less worthwhile than the stuff most people fish out of their shower drains.

Now, be it therefore resolved:

Cleaver, et al. should — with all due haste — get stuffed.

I would gladly vote for the Congressman who introduces H.R. 613 on the floor. Too bad I’m not a CBC constituent; if I were, I could vote for said Congressman twice.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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