Maybe what’s wrong with George is the same thing “wrong” with a certain sociopathic, paranoid, portion of America public who wants attention, to always be in the limelight, no matter how bad that attention is? And who thinks every government agency is out to get them? Maybe part of the problem is right wing talkers keep pumping up such paranoia?
Look, it would be great if we could start with pushing to one side: for the sake of debate, what happened with Trayvon. Just agree everything he claimed happened did happen that way. I certainly don’t think so, but I would be willing to move forward on that basis just to make the point I need to make.
But which version of “true” do we accept? The one where he was dragged out of his vehicle by Trayvon, which he recanted? The one where he testified he didn’t have enough money for his own defense, but had to recant that too and was cited for that claim by the judge? The version where he said he was attacked for no reason and was checking street signs and was suddenly attacked? Or where Trayvon did try to walk away but came back as he still pursued?
OK, let’s just move on: not because these aren’t valid points to be made, but because if this was a singular incident it wouldn’t address the wider question I’m asking, which is: “What the hell is wrong with George Zimmerman?”
So let’s review before we get to the final: most recent, example of baffling behavior.
He gets stopped in Texas and Florida and plays with his gun in front of a cop until cop tells him to stop, and in the other acts haughty, “Don’t you know who I am?” as if the cop should give him a congrats slap on the back and let him go: hero that he thinks he is. Then we find out he’s been accused: twice of threatening his former lovers, at least one with a gun.
And in what seems one of the worst ever acts of pumping up his own image, George supposedly, super hero that he is, goes out and saves a family who got in an accident on a Florida interstate: I-4 if I remember right. Except the fact is quickly revealed that him being at that accident: Johnny come more that just lately, was staged.
By this time I was inspired and wrote a column suggesting George indeed has a problem. I don’t know about you, but if I had been him I would have kept my head low. I certainly would have avoided challenging two cops, or getting: once again, attention for abusive and threatening behavior to the point cops were called. I certainly would never have taken advice that included a staged act of “heroism.” That’s like asking for a poorly tuned car to backfire.
I am no psychiatrist, though I’ve had several college level courses. I can’t really diagnois him. In fact, even if I had a degree, it would be unethical to do so from a distance. But it just seems obvious to me something’s wrong here.
As predicted, now, once again, Zimmerman gets the attention he seems to crave in a way that really makes one wonder, “What the hell is wrong with George?”
In a recent interview Zimmerman’s father with GQ Magazine talked about how their house was wired for approaching authorities, and they have codes for many things, including “code black” for when when they would start shooting FBI agents.
Why would the FBI come after you guys? I mean local authorities, State Police: if one accepts the seeming paranoia as not paranoid at all, maybe. But the friggin FBI?
What did you do George?
I suspect nothing that would cause that. A lot that should have caused more trouble than George has already had, but the justice system is what it is. But the odd thing here is I have noticed we wait about 6-9 months and we: once again, hear about George doing, saying, wanting to do some Whack-a-Mole thing that will get him coverage. Almost doesn’t seem to matter what: good or bad.
The knee jerk reactions: left and right, are predictable. “Poor George” is always the… “victim?”
George is a murderer who’s just looking to strike again?
Well, does any of this sound like that kind of “striking?”
But it does seem to “strike” me as someone who found himself in national news and now will do whatever to attract that kind of attention. If that means playing upon those who would excuse George no matter what happened, then that’s what he needs to do. If it means getting the left yammering about what a horrible person he is, then that is what he needs to do. And getting both at each others throat seems the ultimate nirvana to George.
If it means his father has to help him get that attention, well Dad’s are so supportive?
Really? Is this the kind of support George needs?
And is the whole family collectively nuts to pursue this rather than try to tamp it down?
Frankly, I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being Zimmerman’s marionette. Even if it’s just his father helping him. The jerking of the strings grows tiresome. But why would anyone want the kind of attention no normal, healthy, person should want? Which, of course, in the final analysis makes me ask one more time…
“What the hell is wrong with George Zimmerman?”
And why does his father, his family, help?
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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