Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I received many notes yesterday from you, fair listener: Please, for heaven sake, Mitter Church, please don’t do another day of Zimmerman. Please don’t talk about Zimmerman anymore. I would have said: Okay, I won’t talk about Zimmerman anymore provided that Stevie Wonder doesn’t say anything about Zimmerman. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: I received many notes yesterday from you, fair listener: Please, for heaven sake, Mitter Church, please don’t do another day of Zimmerman. Please don’t talk about Zimmerman anymore. I would have said: Okay, I won’t talk about Zimmerman anymore provided that Stevie Wonder doesn’t say anything about Zimmerman. Andrew, is there any audio of Stevie Wonder and his boycott or is it just the text?
AG: I can look it up. I think he said that Sunday in Canada.
Mike: I don’t know if you heard this.
Stevie Wonder told a crowd on Sunday that he won’t perform in Florida until the state repeals its controversial Stand Your Ground laws, effectively boycotting any state with similar legislation on its books.
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” the singer said in Quebec City. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that — for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice . . .”
Mike: This is a bizarre concept, isn’t it? So justice in the Zimmerman / Trayvon Martin case was a predetermined outcome for certain people. In other words, justice wasn’t the process of hearing evidence, having juries deliberate, and then rendering verdict. Justice was the process of satiating the demands of a certain faction of people. That was justice. That’s not how I read the definition of justice. Justice is considering the facts and doing what is right. St. Thomas Aquinas gave us a great definition of justice, that justice is only served when the interest of the charged party is — I’m trying to remember how he phrased it — when the interest of the charged party is either honored or sided against. That’s when justice is served. In other words, if an innocent man is tried and is found guilty, that is an injustice. If an innocent man is charged and found not guilty, that is then justice. So the interest of justice is sorting out what the truth of the matter is. Apparently for people like Stevie Wonder and for tens of millions of others out there, justice is whatever Al Sharpton says it should be, or whatever NBC News doctoring up audio tapes says it ought to be. Here’s what is curious, or how I would counter what Stevie Wonder has said….
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“What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.”
Mike: I just wonder if Stevie would vote for equality between those who would stand their ground and guard him entering and then leaving any performance concert and those who would desire, as groupies or obsessed fans or whatever, to gain access to Mr. Wonder. In other words, if we’re going to be all equal and all fair and not have any laws that allow people to defend themselves, why should celebrities have laws that allow people to defend them? At the end of the day, the Stand Your Ground law basically says that the right of self-defense is hallowed in the State of Florida. It’s not sacred but it’s hallowed, and people ought to and they do have the indefeasible, unalienable right to defend themselves. I would think that would transfer to rock stars, don’t you? They should be able to defend themselves.
So if defending yourself is a statement of inequality or of actually performing the act of self-defense, if that makes whoever it is that’s on the receiving end of the defense somehow unequal or a victim of inequality, then let’s level the playing field. If there are a bunch of 5’4” animated females that desire company with Mr. Wonder at any concert in any state, let’s just say Florida for example, let’s make it equal. Let’s make it fair. Let’s say that there ought to be laws on the books that say: Mr. Wonder, this state has decided that in heeding your request and in abiding your wishes, in order to make it fair to those that we don’t want to offend or deny your definition of justice, that since we have told the average female Stevie Wonder fan in Florida and have determined that she is a 35-year-old, 5’4”, 130-pound female, therefore in order to make things equal and to ensure that there is no inequality, you are forbidden from having security guards that are in excess of 5’4”, 135 pounds, and females can only be dealt with females. That’s totally equal now. There’s no chance anyone could be offended by the actions of those in charge of your safety here.
If you want to take this to its logical conclusion that you’re not going to go anywhere where there are laws on the books that say people can defend themselves, I say you honor that request. While honoring that request, make the statement: Celebrities are not entitled or who we call celebrities are not entitled to any protections of the law in excess, let’s be equal now, in excess of the people that are not celebrities.
Florida’s Stand Your Ground laws, which demand that authorities have proof that refute a self-defense claim before arresting or trying someone claiming self-defense, have come under heavy criticism during and after the George Zimmerman trial.
Stateline reports that at least 22 states [Mike: So there are 22 states that Stevie Wonder will not be performing in.] have similar Stand Your Ground laws, with varying degrees of latitude. Some states, for example, require that someone invoking the defense first attempt to flee before using force, while others restrict the defense to situations that arise in one’s home or office. Florida’s law has neither of these restrictions.
“You can’t just talk about it,” Wonder added at his concert on Sunday. “You gotta be about it.”
Mike: Twenty-two states will not have future Stevie Wonder concerts. That may not actually come to fruition because Eric Holder and the Injustice Department are on the case. Holder, appearing at an NAACP convention yesterday — I was thinking about this. The attorney general of the United States, the highest law enforcement officer in the land, can appear and speak ostensibly on behalf of the people that are in attendance of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, that’s what NAACP stands for. I am not breaking any news here. The attorney general can appear there and ostensibly can appeal to the people in attendance there: Look, I hear your specific and individual or group concerns and I plan to do something about it. Really?
So why doesn’t then the attorney general of the United States, who is supposed to be everyone’s highest law enforcement officer, or I thought he was, justice being blind and government not taking sides, we’re told it’s not supposed to, but then why doesn’t Eric Holder agree to go appear, just for example, at another convention, say maybe an NRA convention or a Gun Owners of America convention? Wait, I’ve got an even better one. This wouldn’t even require a couple million dollars’ worth of security detail. Every February, the attorney general of the United States, if he’s going to start appearing at places and picking and choosing who it is he’s going to advocate law for, why doesn’t he appear at CPAC, Conservative Political Action Conference? Aren’t their numbers as large as the NAACP? Aren’t they as equally entitled to protection under the law as anyone that may attend that convention in Florida? If he wants to attend conventions and make these appeals, this is pure partisanship here. This is purely for political purposes. As a matter of fact, there ought to be rules against this kind of stuff. Unless you’re going to do it for everyone, then how can you do it for one?
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