Shouldn’t Tony Evers be on trial?
We intend to ask impertinent questions — no matter if they keep the woke awake at night. Such as:
- Is an American allowed to defend his home?
- Can he protect his workplace where he earns the means to feed his family?
- Is he limited to his confronting the mob by his lonesome or may he enlist others?
- Must those volunteers be blood relatives, residents of the same city?
The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse starts Monday 11-01-21 with jury selection. The whole shebang is scheduled to last two weeks. Should be the biggest TV since the Derek Chauvin trial. Another one of those cultural litmus tests; Baby Cheeks Kyle is a patron saint to the right, Klan nightrider to the progressive left.
May we stipulate: Kenosha police were not able to defend the city in late August 2020; the burned-out block of businesses is evidence of that. Governor Tony Evers effused sympathy for the lawbreaker Jacob Blake but remained silent about preserving order. He actually spurned the offer of federal assistance.
→ Instead, Tony Evers condemned Kenosha police. Before all the facts were in.
Reaping the wages of the War on Cops
Will Kyle’s defense introduce the sitting President’s tweet issued the day after the George Floyd killing three months earlier? “When the looting starts the shooting starts.” Prophetic. The Associated Press (as biased as Rachel Maddow) accuses Trump of “stoking violence.” The Werkes argues the alternative to restoring order is to stoke violence. Hasn’t experience taught us the alternative to flooding the zone with boots on the ground is Portland OR? Mayor Satya told Madison WI police to stand down that June. Result? BLM firebombed the courthouse, tore down statues, and beat multiple victims.
It is clear that Kyle Rittenhouse, then 17, did not go hunting for prey but fired in self defense after he was attacked. A protestor fired off a gun in his proximity; another started beating him with a hard object after Rittenhouse fell. Should he allow himself to be beaten?
In The Nation, BLM soldier Elie Mystal frets, “I hope everyone is prepared for Kyle Rittenhouse to go free. … He wasn’t even trying to protect his own property in his own town.”
We do not live in a just world, we live in a white one. Rittenhouse has become a cause célèbre among white supremacists and their media sympathizers who have proudly defended Rittenhouse’s decisions to kill. Rittenhouse is the very definition of an “outside agitator.”
Except that Kenosha was a magnet for outside agitators. All three of the men Rittenhouse shot — two fatally — were out of towners. (And as white as the boy who shot them.) The New York Times reports:
An older black man, a Black Lives Matter activist who had come in from Lake County IL, started shouting … Nearly every Kenoshan I spoke to who was out that night said something similar: Nobody knew these people.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Kyle Rittenhouse should not have been armed; not at his age. That he resided with Mommie Dearest in Antioch IL is immaterial. The communities are only 21 miles apart, the distance between Madison and Deerfield WI. The real lesson of Kenosha is this: Public officials have a duty to maintain order. When they don’t, people get hurt.