Two Years After Kenosha Riots, Why No August 23 Committee To Investigate The Big Lie That Stoked The Flames?

Two Years After Kenosha Riots, Why No August 23 Committee To Investigate The Big Lie That Stoked The Flames?

Aug. 23, 2020 is a night Kenosha residents can’t help but remember — but would rather forget. At the hands of vindictive Black Lives Matter groupies and other self-described racial justice activists, the Wisconsin town went up in flames two years ago today. 

Rogues started fires at government buildings. They set ablaze garbage trucks and torched upwards of 100 vehicles in the car lot owned by an Indian immigrant, smashing the windows of those who escaped the inferno. They vandalized the post office and a high school, and their flames completely consumed a century-old camera shop.

That’s only a fraction of what followed the justified police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Boarded up windows were scrawled with messages begging rioters to pass over them: “PLEASE, KIDS ABOVE” and “THE ELDERLY LIVE HERE.” Demonstrators taunted the scant law enforcers posted outside the courthouse. And when Wisconsin’s Democrat Gov. Tony Evers refused to send enough National Guardsmen after a full 24 hours of rioting despite locals’ pleas for help — he sent more troops to Milwaukee during the NBA finals — armed citizens stepped up to defend property and ultimately themselves, resulting in the deaths of two people.

That was two years ago. Now we’re watching the House Jan. 6 Committee’s Stalinist show trial for Americans who participated in the riot at the U.S. Capitol — and many who didn’t — on Jan. 6, 2021. Last November, we witnessed a courtroom drama for a 17-year-old kid who defended his life with a firearm during the riots but was slandered by legacy media as a white supremacist and a murderer.

Now, after more than 60 people have been charged with crimes related to the Kenosha riots, with supposedly many more to come, why has there been no large-scale investigation into these deadly riots, the players behind them, and the destructive ideology that sparked it all? Despite Democrats’ constant talk about Donald Trump’s “big lie,” they fall silent when confronted with evidence their race obsession can spur lethal race revolutions.

That obsession and its effects are based on a lie. And it’s a big one.

The Big Lie

The entire Kenosha scene was sparked by one police shooting, which corporate media and other leftists instantly branded evidence of racism. Celebrities claimed, contrary to available evidence, that police “shoot first & detain second” and that Blake “could have been grabbed…he could have been tased….He could have immediately been stopped when he started walking around the car.” LeBron James characterized it as “police brutality towards my kind.”

Evers framed the incident as yet another “Black man or person” “shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement.” Joe Biden escalated the race-baiting with the same framing.

Of course, this was all a lie. Police were actually responding to an emergency call from Blake’s girlfriend, who said he wasn’t permitted on the property and had snatched her keys. Before officers even arrived at the scene, they knew Blake had a warrant out for his arrest for charges of disorderly conduct connected to domestic abuse, third-degree sexual assault, and trespassing. Before they ever fired a gun, officers had Tased him twice to no avail, and Blake had reached into the vehicle, where a weapon was later recovered on the floorboards and three kids were in the backseat, which police knew because their mom reportedly “kept screaming that.”

But this lie — that the Blake shooting represented routine police brutality toward black people — is not surprising because it’s all part of the left’s much bigger racism lie.

They lied about knife-wielding black teen Ma’Khia Bryant. They lied about armed 13-year-old Mexican-American Adam Toledo. They lied about Michael Brown. They lied about Bubba Wallace and Jussie Smollett. And they lie by omission when they refuse to cover violent crimes by black perpetrators against other racial groups, as with Pakistani immigrant Mohammad Anwar, who was brutally murdered by two black teenage girls when they violently carjacked him in D.C. in the middle of the day.

They perpetuate these lies with catchphrases, such as “hands up, don’t shoot.” They spread them in ahistorical accounts such as the “1619 Project” and profit from them with lectures lamenting “white fragility” and “systemic racism.” And they amplify them with clever branding such as “Black Lives Matter,” making violent demonstrations tricky to condemn for those afraid of false racism smears.

Corrupt media are the worst offenders, and Democrat politicos are nearly as bad. As I wrote last year about the left’s response to riots:

They said, ‘Destroying property … is not violence.’ They said protests don’t need to be peaceful and called riots a ‘proportionate response.’ They denied evidence of anarchy. They said violence works. They condemned the term ‘riot‘ as ‘loaded,’ instead calling it ‘democracy.’ They released a documentary claiming ‘Riots Built America.’ And they flat-out pretended cities weren’t being ravaged, with Gov. Jay Inslee saying ‘That’s news to me!‘ when asked about the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, and Rep. Jerry Nadler calling Antifa a ‘myth.’

It’s this endless stream of lies that incites the sort of violence that overtook Kenosha. Years later, why hasn’t it been investigated?

We Need Answers

I’m not talking about the type of local investigations that led to charging a few dozen people with riot-related crimes. That should be a given. I’m talking about a large-scale probe that drags in media defamers, a negligent governor, elite race-baiters, and riot organizers to investigate their role in this violent scene, which has played out time and again with impunity across the country.

After all, there’s precedent for that sort of trial. It arose from a riot on Jan. 6, which was far less deadly than Kenosha and was used to destroy top political opponents whose hands are clean, unlike those of Wisconsin’s dud governor.

First, we still don’t know who was responsible for the rioting because it appears to be more than just individual Kenoshans. Kenosha locals were the first to tell The Federalist that the perpetrators were “out-of-towners.” As one local, Alvin, told The Federalist at the time, “All this destruction didn’t come from Kenosha. People came in here and did this.”

Police reports bear this out. According to a media release one week after the riots began, of the 175 people who had been arrested, 102 were out-of-towners. Leftist media, of course, sicced their fake fact-checkers on the information, with USA Today saying those figures are “missing context” because most of the arrestees were from other parts of Wisconsin or Illinois, “the border of which is about 6 miles from the heart of the protests.”

Leftist media discarded this “context,” however, when they attacked Kyle Rittenhouse for traveling “across state lines” from Illinois with a gun (This was a lie anyway. He didn’t bring the firearm across state lines, and both Rittenhouse’s father and lifeguarding job were reportedly in Kenosha.).

As Empower Wisconsin reporter Matt Kittle detailed, police also stopped a bus containing Seattle-based group Riot Kitchen in Kenosha after they filled up multiple gas cans. While media were quick to parrot the group’s excuse that they needed the gasoline to power generators, that leaves bigger questions unanswered.

“Police say the vehicles contained various items, including helmets, gas masks, protective vests, illegal fireworks, and suspected controlled substances. Nine individuals were arrested for disorderly conduct and are awaiting charging decisions by the Kenosha County district attorney, according to the incident report,” Kittle reported at the time. “…What the [media] stories couldn’t explain is why members of the organization were loading up so many cans of gas, and why the Riot Kitchen crew in the minivan fled from police.”

Sure sounds like something a Select Committee on Aug. 23 might want to get to the bottom of. What was Riot Kitchen really doing in Kenosha, what percentage of the rioters came from out of state, and who funded their activities? What about the rioters who descended from Oregon, California, Kentucky, Minnesota, Indiana, and California? Where else did demonstrators come from, and did someone send them?

If it’s true, as Molly Ball admitted in a jaw-dropping Time magazine article about the rigged 2020 election, that alliances of left-wing activists and corporate power players can control so-called “protests,” which of these puppet-masters were involved in coordinating the Kenosha riots? If none of those people actively instigated these riots, why didn’t they work to “curtail” them, as Ball says they’re able to do, before they turned violent?

Furthermore, partisans on the Jan. 6 Committee squeezed every last salacious soundbite possible out of texts to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging him to tell the president to stop the riots. But what about Evers’ text messages? Who advised the governor to twiddle his thumbs rather than call in reinforcements? What was the chatter like after that negligence led to shots fired?

And how about communication among members of the slanderous media? Which editors and producers greenlighted the framing of the Blake killing as police brutality and the ensuing violence as “fiery but mostly peaceful“? Which publishers have so far been held accountable for printing that Rittenhouse is a murderer? Perhaps President Joe Biden should be called to testify before a committee for labeling the teen a “white supremacist” — or have his home raided to fish for any scrap of paper where he might have scribbled a Kenosha-related note.

Justice for All

As the Jan. 6 Committee subpoenas fellow lawmakers, indicts political opponents, and throws 69-year-old grandmothers with cancer into federal prison for trespassing, two years have passed without any probe of the big racism lie that incited mob violence in Kenosha.

It’s clear what ideology led to the riots. It’s not clear to what extent individual players are responsible. Perhaps it’s time to assemble an Aug. 23 Select Committee that, instead of engaging in partisan theater, actually gets to the bottom of the violence to provide justice for victims and to prevent this nightmare from repeating itself.

The American people might actually tune in to a trial like that. They’ve been waiting a while for answers.


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Left-Wing Students Demand Arizona State University Kick Kyle Rittenhouse Off Campus

Left-Wing Students Demand Arizona State University Kick Kyle Rittenhouse Off Campus

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in the shootings that left two dead and a third injured in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year amid the Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots, but those facts are irrelevant to left-wing students who want him banned from Arizona State University campus where he is enrolled.  

Led by Students for Socialism, four groups plan to rally Wednesday for Rittenhouse’s removal. The 18-year-old enrolled for classes in October and plans to continue his studies in nursing upon a jury finding him not guilty. He was accused of first-degree reckless homicide, two charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system — Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,” a flyer tweeted by Students for Socialism states. “Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer.”

The flyer lists several demands for the university. The groups call for ASU to withdraw Rittenhouse, “release a statement against white supremacy & racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse,” “reaffirm support for the multicultural center on campus as a safe space from white supremacy,” and defund the university’s police department.

The final demand from the students is to move funding from the police department to establish a CAARE Healing Center on campus. CAARE champions equity and is a nonprofit that gives health services to uninsured, at-risk, and “under-insured” people. Other groups backing the effort include Students for Justice in Palestine, the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and the Mexican American student organization on campus, MEChA de ASU. 

While the left-wing groups neglect Rittenhouse’s acquittal, they seemingly also neglect the his political leanings. It is unclear whether Rittenhouse is a Democrat or Republican, but in a recent interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, he said he supports the culturally-Marxist BLM movement. Still, his statements do not seem to matter to the organizations. Rittenhouse has been framed as a “white supremacist” conservative.

Ryne Bolick, a member of the executive board in ASU’s College Republicans club, told The Federalist he thinks the left-wing groups’ calls to get Rittenhouse kicked off-campus are “absurd.”

“We obviously recognize their First Amendment rights to protest but that doesn’t mean we can’t think they’re kind of absurd in their calls to get Rittenhouse kicked off-campus. And it’s not like he’s trying to be some political asset. After all, he’s literally trying to get his nursing degree,” Bolick said. “He was acquitted on all charges. So, he’s an innocent student. And they’re trying to kick him off campus.”

A spokesman for ASU’s Students for Socialism told Fox News that “the court[s] [verdict] is one of the thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with.”

Rittenhouse said his self-defense actions “had nothing to do with race.” Key witnesses described in their testimonies that one of the individuals who was shot — Joseph Rosenbaum — reached for his gun and threatened to kill Rittenhouse.

Prior to being acquitted, high-level Democrats took to defaming Rittenhouse. President Joe Biden referred to him as a “white supremacist” and MSNBC’s Joy Reid compared the case to the lynching of a black man. MSNBC host Tiffany Cross said after the trial that the verdict was “disgusting” due to a “little murderous white supremacist” being acquitted for a crime he did not commit.

“The jury reached the correct verdict,” Rittenhouse said after the trial. “Self-defense is not illegal. And I believe they came to the correct verdict and I’m glad that everything went well.”

Bolick, a sophomore, also said he thinks the corporate media’s portrayal of Rittenhouse has led to the narrative blaming, as well as the radical reaction from uninformed students.

“They made it seem like he was going out of his way looking for trouble,” said Bolick. “But when you actually listen to the trial, he was going there because he had family friends that were in the car lot. So he went with a fire extinguisher to put out fires. He was cleaning up graffiti and the gun was purely there to just protect himself. So when you look at the initial media coverage, he was definitely portrayed in a way to make him look like a villain — but that was not the case whatsoever.”

It remains to be seen whether ASU’s administration will stand by the innocent student it admitted for credit. The university could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Left-Wing Students Demand Arizona State University Kick Kyle Rittenhouse Off Campus

Left-Wing Students Demand Arizona State University Kick Kyle Rittenhouse Off Campus

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in the shootings that left two dead and a third injured in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year amid the Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots, but those facts are irrelevant to left-wing students who want him banned from Arizona State University campus where he is enrolled.  

Led by Students for Socialism, four groups plan to rally Wednesday for Rittenhouse’s removal. The 18-year-old enrolled for classes in October and plans to continue his studies in nursing upon a jury finding him not guilty. He was accused of first-degree reckless homicide, two charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system — Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,” a flyer tweeted by Students for Socialism states. “Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer.”

The flyer lists several demands for the university. The groups call for ASU to withdraw Rittenhouse, “release a statement against white supremacy & racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse,” “reaffirm support for the multicultural center on campus as a safe space from white supremacy,” and defund the university’s police department.

The final demand from the students is to move funding from the police department to establish a CAARE Healing Center on campus. CAARE champions equity and is a nonprofit that gives health services to uninsured, at-risk, and “under-insured” people. Other groups backing the effort include Students for Justice in Palestine, the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and the Mexican American student organization on campus, MEChA de ASU. 

While the left-wing groups neglect Rittenhouse’s acquittal, they seemingly also neglect the his political leanings. It is unclear whether Rittenhouse is a Democrat or Republican, but in a recent interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, he said he supports the culturally-Marxist BLM movement. Still, his statements do not seem to matter to the organizations. Rittenhouse has been framed as a “white supremacist” conservative.

Ryne Bolick, a member of the executive board in ASU’s College Republicans club, told The Federalist he thinks the left-wing groups’ calls to get Rittenhouse kicked off-campus are “absurd.”

“We obviously recognize their First Amendment rights to protest but that doesn’t mean we can’t think they’re kind of absurd in their calls to get Rittenhouse kicked off-campus. And it’s not like he’s trying to be some political asset. After all, he’s literally trying to get his nursing degree,” Bolick said. “He was acquitted on all charges. So, he’s an innocent student. And they’re trying to kick him off campus.”

A spokesman for ASU’s Students for Socialism told Fox News that “the court[s] [verdict] is one of the thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with.”

Rittenhouse said his self-defense actions “had nothing to do with race.” Key witnesses described in their testimonies that one of the individuals who was shot — Joseph Rosenbaum — reached for his gun and threatened to kill Rittenhouse.

Prior to being acquitted, high-level Democrats took to defaming Rittenhouse. President Joe Biden referred to him as a “white supremacist” and MSNBC’s Joy Reid compared the case to the lynching of a black man. MSNBC host Tiffany Cross said after the trial that the verdict was “disgusting” due to a “little murderous white supremacist” being acquitted for a crime he did not commit.

“The jury reached the correct verdict,” Rittenhouse said after the trial. “Self-defense is not illegal. And I believe they came to the correct verdict and I’m glad that everything went well.”

Bolick, a sophomore, also said he thinks the corporate media’s portrayal of Rittenhouse has led to the narrative blaming, as well as the radical reaction from uninformed students.

“They made it seem like he was going out of his way looking for trouble,” said Bolick. “But when you actually listen to the trial, he was going there because he had family friends that were in the car lot. So he went with a fire extinguisher to put out fires. He was cleaning up graffiti and the gun was purely there to just protect himself. So when you look at the initial media coverage, he was definitely portrayed in a way to make him look like a villain — but that was not the case whatsoever.”

It remains to be seen whether ASU’s administration will stand by the innocent student it admitted for credit. The university could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Colleges Offer Safe Spaces, Counseling After Rittenhouse Acquittal

Colleges Offer Safe Spaces, Counseling After Rittenhouse Acquittal

A wide array of colleges have condemned the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse and advertised safe spaces and counseling services in response to the “not guilty” verdict, according to emails posted to Twitter.

Numerous academic institutions contacted their students regarding the verdict via mass emails, including Vanderbilt, UC Irvine, Stanford Medicine, Columbia Business School, Ohio University, San Francisco State University, and several others.

Other schools, including New York University, Pepperdine University, and Loyola Marymount University also released their own statements following the verdict.

The Office of the President at Rosemont College sent out an email that called the verdict another example of the “systemic racism that divides our society,” while an email from UC Irvine claimed the verdict sent the message that “Neither Black lives nor those of their allies’ matter.”

An email reportedly from Fitchburg State University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness advertised spaces and times to discuss the verdict and separated white and black students into different spaces. The email also made multiple false statements, claiming Kyle Rittenhouse had an automatic rifle and that Jacob Blake had been killed by the police. The university later issued a correction but defended its decision to separate student spaces by race after receiving backlash.

Meanwhile, other universities also intentionally racialized the controversy. An email reportedly sent by the Michigan Medical School implied that the jury would have not ruled Kyle innocent if he had not been white before going on to note that leadership at their university has deemed racism a public health crisis.

Oakton Community College seized on the opportunity to advance critical race theory, specifically singling out its white students when it told them to check their privilege and asked them “would the outcome of this trial have been the same if Kyle Rittenhouse were a black teen?”

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse condemned the American justice system, accusing it of being “so broken as to allow racist acts of violence to go unpunished,” an indication that university administrators have been deceived by mainstream media disinformation, given that Rittenhouse’s act of self-defense was not racially motivated.

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Let The Rittenhouse Acquittal Be A Warning Against The Left’s Lawless Rioting

Let The Rittenhouse Acquittal Be A Warning Against The Left’s Lawless Rioting

Democrats and leftists in the media have the opportunity to learn a smart lesson from the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse — that there sometimes really are consequences to lawless rioting and violence.

Up until now, all of them sat pretty knowing that our national hostage situation was working out nicely. Voters felt uneasy about the George Floyd incident. Democrats knew that could be useful in an election year, so they rioted. Party leaders instigated, permitted, and excused all of it. The message: When things aren’t going our way politically, this is what happens.

It replayed in the days ahead of the election. Big cities had only just quieted back down and plywood on storefronts had only just been removed before they had to go back up the week of Nov. 3, 2020.

Everyone understood the looming threat. But the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse last week for killing two rioters in the summer of that year changes things.

Two people are now dead and a third has lost a bicep after they showed up for a night of rioting in Kenosha, Wis., where they ultimately ended up attacking a person who happened to be armed with a loaded AR-15.

Rittenhouse’s legal team argued that it was self-defense, that he fired his gun at three men only after each had pursued him and threatened him with physical harm. The story matched with scores of video evidence and independent eyewitness testimony. One of the men had swung a skateboard at Rittenhouse’s head. Another had pointed his own firearm at Rittenhouse, who had fallen to the ground while being chased. A jury decided that Rittenhouse was not at fault, even as prosecutors insisted that none of this would have happened had the then-17-year-old not been at the scene of the riots.

Other leftists have adopted that same line of argument. Reacting to the verdict on Sunday, NAACP President Derrick Johnson said, “This trial for us is a warning shot that vigilante justice is allowed in this country, or in particular communities.”

Charles Blow of The New York Times wrote Friday, the day of the verdict, that it “represented yet another data point in the long history of some parts of the right valorizing white vigilantes who use violence against people of color and their white allies.”

Earlier this year, the New Yorker posited that an acquittal of Rittenhouse would “sanction vigilantism,” and that inevitably, “more altercations between protesters and counter-protesters will turn deadly.”

Wait, you mean we can’t burn down cities, assault police officers, and destroy private property with abandon anymore? No fair!

It took a 17-year-old showing up with a gun, plus the loss of two lives, for Democrats to realize that not everyone is okay with lawlessness. Rioting until they get their way isn’t something everyone can tolerate. And if the presence of police, who were effectively told last year that crime was legal, isn’t enough to make that clear, that’s too bad.

Rittenhouse made it clear. Rittenhouse was a warning. Hopefully the left remembers it.

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Duffy: Kenoshans Had To Fend For Themselves After Democrat Gov. Tony Evers Let Rioters Pillage Their City

Duffy: Kenoshans Had To Fend For Themselves After Democrat Gov. Tony Evers Let Rioters Pillage Their City

People in Kenosha, Wis., are still recovering from the havoc wreaked by rioters during the summer of rage after the Democrat governor staunchly refused to protect the state’s law-abiding citizens, Federalist Senior Contributor Evita Duffy said on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” on Saturday.

“I mean when I was there, I’m only 22, it was nothing like I’ve ever seen before in my life. It was like a Third World country. The place was in flames,” explained Duffy, who was on the ground reporting in Kenosha during the riots in August 2020.

Instead of taking swift action to subdue the arsonists and looters destroying the city, Wisconsin Democrat Gov. Tony Evers delayed sending help which prolonged the destruction and forced people to take matters into their own hands, Duffy said.

“For three nights actually he let the city burn and so people were left to fend for themselves,” Duffy said. “When I was there, I saw people with baseball bats and pistols and shotguns. Anybody could have been Kyle Rittenhouse that night. In fact, when I went with my fiancé, he was armed. Everybody was armed. It was crazy.”

Duffy said because of a lack of punishment for the people demolishing Kenosha, the city has yet to recover.

“People that night, those three nights, lost everything. I mean, 100 businesses were affected. Forty never reopened again. Kenosha is not a big city. It’s not New York City. Forty is a big hit. Fifty million dollars of damage. So I mean, I’m heartbroken for everybody that was there. When I returned a year later, there were still places that were boarded up. That’s how bad things were,” Duffy said.

As Duffy noted in her most recent Federalist article, “Kyle Rittenhouse And Every Able-Bodied Man Had A Moral Obligation To Protect Kenosha,” the people of Kenosha had to stand guard if they wanted to salvage their beloved community.

“Evers’s inaction resulted in $50 million in property damage that affected 100 businesses, including 40 that were put out of business for good,” she explained. “It was in the face of all this destruction and turmoil that Rittenhouse decided to defend his community — yes, contrary to what the hacks at MSNBC and CNN want you to believe, Kenosha is Kyle’s community.”

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Kyle Rittenhouse And Every Able-Bodied Man Had A Moral Obligation To Protect Kenosha

Kyle Rittenhouse And Every Able-Bodied Man Had A Moral Obligation To Protect Kenosha

Despite his acquittal, the left continues to smear Kyle Rittenhouse as a bloodthirsty, “Call of Duty”-playing white supremacist. But if you were in the city of Kenosha, as I was, when the riots erupted, you would know that Rittenhouse was hardly a rogue vigilante. He was one of many brave Kenoshan men who took up arms to protect their families, businesses, and beloved city when the government failed to. 

Indeed, despite desperate pleas for help, Gov. Tony Evers refused to deploy adequate numbers of national guardsmen to protect the city from rioters wielding guns and fire. After 24 hours of receiving requests for aid, Evers had still sent fewer troops to Kenosha than he did to Milwaukee during the NBA finals. Local law enforcement was quickly overwhelmed.

By the second night of rioting, streams of out-of-state professional Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters had flooded into the city. At the time, I wrote that Kenosha looked like “something I had only seen in photographs of war-torn countries.”

Grossly outnumbered, law enforcement had only enough manpower to protect public buildings in the town’s center. “They were so busy down there saving their courthouse, well what about this? I’m a taxpayer, too” said Sam, an Indian immigrant who owns a torched family-run car dealership in downtown Kenosha, two blocks from the courthouse. 

Evers watched thugs and arsonists destroy businesses and terrorize Kenoshans for another 48 hours before he reluctantly agreed to accept help from President Trump and the federal government. He let Kenosha burn because he thought he could blame the unrest on Trump and enhance the political fortunes of the Democrat Party in the 2020 presidential election.  

When the political fire instead turned on him, he finally changed course, but for many residents, it was too late. “Governor Evers has a huge sense of urgency for mask mandates, but when our town is burning to the flippin’ ground, he had zero sense of urgency,” said Kimberly Warner, a single mom who owns two businesses in downtown Kenosha. “He allowed our town to suffer and burn.”

Evers’s inaction resulted in $50 million in property damage that affected 100 businesses, including 40 that were put out of business for good.

It was in the face of all this destruction and turmoil that Rittenhouse decided to defend his community—yes, contrary to what the hacks at MSNBC and CNN want you to believe, Kenosha is Kyle’s community. In the daylight hours of the fateful night that changed his life, Rittenhouse was volunteering to scrub BLM graffiti off a local high school. That night, he told a reporter why he was in Kenosha—to offer medical assistance and be ready to “run[] into harm’s way” to protect people and property. 

Rittenhouse was not alone. When I was in Kenosha, I observed countless men standing with baseball bats, handguns, semi-automatic rifles, and shotguns in front of their businesses and homes. In fact, my now-fiancé, who accompanied me while I was reporting, was also armed. You had to be.

Chuck, a tire shop owner, spent every night of the riots on his roof guarding his shop “with guns.” An exhausted yet vigilant Chuck glared into my iPhone camera at the time and said to the rioters, “Come to my shop and I’ll blow your heads off.” 

One of the greatest examples of bravery during the riots was Robert Cobb, a 70-year-old long-time Kenosha man who was viciously beaten by BLM rioters. Cobb saw looters stealing from the 100-year-old Danish Brotherhood and simply could not stand by. 

He tried to keep the horde of criminals at bay with a fire extinguisher, hoping to force them to take their masks off so they could be identified later. Rioters sneak-attacked him, though, leaving Cobb with a jaw broken in three places, a swollen eye, and stitches to a head wound. “He was trying to defend his building and they beat the s–t out of him!” the videographer sobbed in a clip that captured the assault.

Democrats in the corporate media want you to believe that citizens not only shouldn’t arm themselves in defense of their communities but that they cannot legally do so. Make no mistake, this lie is meant to justify Democrats’ continued attack on the American people’s right to bear arms. Under the Second Amendment, the citizens of Kenosha were entirely justified and legally permitted to protect themselves and their hometown, especially because law enforcement could not.  

More importantly, it was Rittenhouse’s moral duty and that of all able-bodied men over the age of 16 to defend Kenosha against the vandals, looters, and arsonists who were destroying the city. 

That is why Democrats and their allies in the media want you to believe that Rittenhouse and other Kenoshans who stood up for themselves are murderous white supremacists. These brave citizens and their “toxic masculinity” represent an existential threat to the left’s authoritarian aims. They simply cannot allow average Americans to believe they can exercise their right to bear arms and protect themselves without the government’s permission. 

Rittenhouse found himself caught in the chaos. Video evidence showed him defending himself with a semi-automatic rifle against angry, gun-wielding, rioting convicted felons and child rapists. Rittenhouse ultimately fatally shot two men and wounded another, in what has now been ruled by a jury an act of self-defense.

“I didn’t intend to kill them. I intended to stop the people who were attacking me,” Rittenhouse said. “I did what I had to do to stop the person who was attacking me.” The truth is, Rittenhouse could have been any of my fellow Wisconsinites that night. The city was in flames and the state had abdicated its responsibility to protect its citizens. In the face of this crisis, Rittenhouse did what he had to do. 

The Kenosha rioting showed America that you don’t have to cower in fear like people in Portland and Chicago. Kenoshans refused to be helpless victims when Marxist and race agitators descended on their city. Men like Rittenhouse tried to defend their hometown. For that, they should be commended as the heroes they are.

This story was originally published in the Chicago Thinker. 

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Don’t Let the SOBs Get You Down !!!

Don’t Let the SOBs Get You Down !!!

Don’t Let the SOBs Get You Down

By: J.B. Shurk

As with anybody who has ever shared an opinion not sanctioned by our leftist ruling class, I often come across some mind-controlled foot soldier for Marxism online, trashing something I’ve written and using the same limited vocabulary of vulgarities to tell me why I should do something profane to myself. Oh, well! Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Sometimes I get called a “damn hillbilly,” and I think, “Well, thank you.” If Americans — wherever they now live — could reach deep down inside themselves to find a little leftover hillbilly from a previous generation, then America as a country would find the self-resilience, tenacity, and grit to survive with gusto any bad times that might be ahead.

Unlike the political left, I choose free speech over the government’s ever-expanding war on “hate speech” and the inevitable mental slavery such criminalization of thoughts and words always brings. That’s how tyranny thrives. First, certain language is labeled blasphemous and forbidden by polite society because it “triggers” listeners. Then censorship is justified in order to banish potentially harmful “triggering.” Then the list of “triggering” offenses expands until every utterance is circumscribed. And finally, only one government-enforced belief system remains because there are no longer contrary yet permissible points of view.

How do you teach millions of people to obey the State? Forbid them from having certain thoughts or saying certain things until their natural mental powers shrivel into nothing more than command and control centers for Pavlovian routine. Informal “hate speech” codes usher in formalized “hate crime” punishments, which always lead to one-party political authoritarianism, which usually awakens a sizable chunk of the self-conquered population to grasp that in its polite obeisance to the perpetually aggrieved, formerly free people inadvertently traded their freedom for the claptrap of “political correctness.” When that happens, those who want freedom back are forced to fight for it. The cycle has repeated many times throughout history, and though we be modern, we are not wise. When hard won experience is forgotten, those who fight for freedom must remind others what they’ve already lost. That is where we are today.

That said, I also sometimes come across someone online who has graciously taken the time to read something I’ve written yet finds what I’ve said too terrifying to entertain. How can the United States of America be at the precipice of replacing liberty with outright tyranny? Isn’t this all too dark and dystopian to have any truth? I would ask those people who do not yet see clearly what is going on in the United States to ask themselves whether they have less or more freedom than they did two years ago, and, if they’re old enough, whether they have less or more freedom than they did before the national security surveillance state came into existence after 9/11. And then I would ask one more question: in the last century of the U.S. government claiming new powers for itself during some “emergency crisis” sold to the American people as a temporary expedience, has any of those “emergency powers” over the people ever been relinquished? Governments, by their nature, will illegitimately accrue power until the people they insist on ruling have had enough and begin pushing back. That, too, is an unequivocal yet painful lesson remembered and relinquished by man through the centuries. Again, that is where we are today.

Should my words sometimes seem dark or foreboding, know I have a great deal of faith that the defenders of freedom will eventually prevail, even though victory will require those who understand what is at stake to pick up the boulders before them and do the heavy lifting. I am buoyed by this certainty: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” That voice is sufficient for me.

What I try to do when I write is to prepare people for the battles to come by depriving freedom’s enemies of their mystique. Governing powers attempting to subjugate their populations always use three highly effective weapons in their arsenal: (1) surprise, (2) demoralization, and (3) terror.

You thought you were exercising your constitutionally protected First Amendment rights to protest against a fraudulent election? Surprise! No rights for MAGA people! Off to the dungeon without trial, cursed by lawmakers as unarmed “insurrectionists,” or hunted down by the FBI for daring to trespass in the “people’s house.” You were told “moderate” Biden would “unite” weary Americans? Surprise! Only by turning Americans against each other can the Marxist-socialists “fundamentally transform” the United States. You thought nobody in America was above the law? Surprise! Clinton and Obama can use the Intelligence Community to plunge the country into chaos and nearly overthrow a duly elected president and will never see a day behind bars. But a seventeen-year-old who shows up to protect downtown Kenosha buildings from being burned to the ground by Antifa thugs with criminal records determined to snuff out his life? Surprise! Self-defense is not allowed for the righteous. The Second Amendment somehow disappears for those with “unsanctioned” beliefs.

Next comes the unceasing program to demoralize the masses. There’s a reason everything feels topsy-turvy these days; it’s because constantly hitting people from all directions makes them feel overwhelmed and small. Big Tech, Big Business, and Big Media are destroying free speech at the government’s behest. School boards are ramming racial Marxism and leftist religion into curriculums throughout the country. The value of the dollar is decreasing daily. The DOJ and FBI are actively using Antifa and BLM (evidenced by their overt support for both groups of domestic terrorists) as paramilitary shock troops to batter American citizens. The Department of Homeland Security is doing everything it can (including paying lifetime windfalls to those who commit crimes) to encourage unlimited illegal immigration. The military has chosen to prioritize “climate change” and “white rage” over national defense. Universities and national news publications have unleashed a wave of propaganda to demonize America’s founding as evil, and Hollywood pumps out movies and shows instructing Americans to hate themselves. The only question the political left asks each day is this: how can we further demoralize the people we are conquering?

Finally, the buffet is not complete until intimidation and terror join surprise and demoralization to poison the American people. Is it necessary for FBI regime enforcers to break through the front doors of January 6 protesters and execute arrests in the middle of the night with squads of soldiers who have weapons drawn? No, but it sure is terrifying for anybody who watches the conveniently recorded video captured by media companies who have somehow been alerted to the government’s planned “breaking and entering.” Does it make any logical sense to fire nurses, police officers, and other first responders who refuse to submit to experimental “vaccine” injections when their absence makes America less safe? No, but it sure does intimidate and terrorize anybody who has the temerity to assert free will against the government’s unconstitutional edicts.

Surprise, demoralization, terror. These are the weapons our enemies use today, and once you see these tools for what they are, a certain mystique imbuing them with power fades away. A skilled warrior who has seen all his enemies’ blows and knows what’s hiding in every dark corner discovers bravery along the way. And just because bad times may lie ahead, that doesn’t mean we won’t have great times, too. Finding happiness in struggle is the most important struggle in life. A hillbilly said that. Consider it kryptonite against the communist agenda, because happiness is always communism’s second victim after first killing off truth.

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