It wasn’t Liberty Valance!
We love the work of Wisconsin State Journal cartoonist Phil Hands. But his editorial pen leaked ink today. He depicts Lady Justice shot dead by Kyle Rittenhouse — “in self defense.”
But Lady Justice did not threaten to kill Kyle Rittenhouse. Someone else did. Lady Justice did not pursue the defendant through the streets of Kenosha or attempt to take away his gun. That was someone else. She was not enraged that the young man extinguished her attempts to burn down more of the city, unlike the actual aggessor. America’s symbol of justice was not a convicted child rapist acting “hyper-aggressive.” That would be Joseph Rosenbaum.
Lady Justice ignored the politically charged noise and static. She listened to the evidence. Justice is color-blind. She applied the law.
“It’s open season on protesters,” wails a University of Georgia professor, host of the podcast Radikaal. Rushing to judgment without hearing the evidence — like so many, he warns: “Demonstrators in the US must fear not only police brutality but also right-wing vigilantes.” (Source here.) But there no evidence that Rittenhouse was (gasp!) Republican — much less right wing! Reports that he was militia were more news media malpractice. MSNBC chasing the jury down the street!
→ If convicted criminals Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Gaige Grosskreutz are civil rights demonstrators, Ed Gein was a haberdasher!
The WI State Journal editorial that accompanied Phil Hands’ cartoon asks: “If carrying an AR-15 down a crowded street isn’t provocative, what is?” Is a beautiful woman out alone at night also provocative? A black man sitting at a cafeteria counter in the 1950s South? A pro-cop speaker at a Madison school board meeting? A big rock on the UW-Madison campus?
We’ll say it again: Kyle Rittenhouse, Ryan Balch, and Dominick Black should not have been out and about in downtown Kenosha 08-25-20. But neither should Rosenbaum, Huber, and Grosskreutz! They and/or their allies had already burned and looted Kenosha the night before. They thrived in the vacuum that Democrats like Gov. Tony Evers created when they kept police at bay.
Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Ald. Tag Evers did the same thing when they sided with BLM shakedown artist Devonere Johnson (“the black Jesus”) in June 2020. Result; statues topped, city hall burned, glass shattered, and people were beaten in the shadow of the State Capitol. Cops were told to stand down. Erick Erickson recommends:
If you are concerned about the rise of vigilantism, stop rioting. Stop burning down buildings claiming it is not violence. Stop defunding the police. Stop ordering the police to stand down and not enforce the law against rioters.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Why did Kenosha not burn again after Friday’s verdict? Dare we say it? (We do! We do!) Because the justice system worked and Kyle Rittenhouse is a free man.