Distracted

Of course, the only person in the country who has no idea who Kyle Rittenhouse is happens to be my husband.

I tried to summarize the story for him but it’s so crazy, I don’t think he believed me.

6 thoughts on “Distracted

  1. I am not in the US and not having the slightest idea of who that person is, like your husband. I was quite happy not knowing anything about the story too, but I started seeing many outraged posts about it on FB and all, so I needed to check what has been going on south of the border. The fact that he is not guilty is not surprising, it follows the state law. What worries me is something else. I think that the optics may change a bit, and people, regardless of their political convictions, should wonder whether there is something wrong with the fact that a teen was at a riot with an assault weapon. From a distance, it seems that the outcome of this story is that you can preventive murder is legal, and that it consolidates the weakening of police forces, replaced by citizens defending themselves.

    So as far as I can judge from what I read, I am not happy about the verdict. I am also not unhappy about the verdict. It both cases, it is a simplistic reaction. My concern is elsewhere.

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    1. Of course, I would have preferred if the police or the National Guard had stopped the riots. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. We don’t have a political force capable of standing up to these rioters. As a result, people have to get armed and defend from the criminals released into the civilian populations.

      I wish things were different but that’s where we are.

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      1. My point is that we have to beyond the kind of reactions I have seen online. They are always based on affects, sophisms, false analogies, emotions, sanctimoniousness, or whatever. It is all very tiresome.

        I do not get how people can celebrate (or not) that verdict, in the sense that beyond the unsurprising verdict there are deep-seated issues that everybody laments while refusing to fix. From the media distortion of that story to the refusal to change gun control to the polarizing view over the police forces, the time is not to rejoice or to weep over that decision.

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      2. “We don’t have a political force capable of standing up to these rioters.”

        The Democratic party has benefited from the riots and clearly expects to continue to do so through ever more-aggressive race-baiting.

        Self-named “progressives,” the wokesters of the US chatterati, for the most part identify their interests as being the same as the Democratic party and so have no interest in doing anything but cheering on these “mostly peaceful protesters.”

        But, make no mistake, the state could end these disorders in 24 hours if it wished to mobilize its police/military power.

        So the capability is there, but not the desire, at least not now.

        Remember. however, the fate of the Nazi Sturmabteilung or CPSU left-Communists in the Great Purges when such folks became a distraction to the leadership.

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  2. My point is that we have to beyond the kind of reactions I have seen online. They are always based on affects, sophisms, false analogies, emotions, sanctimoniousness, or whatever. It is all very tiresome.

    I do not get how people can celebrate (or not) that verdict, in the sense that beyond the unsurprising verdict there are deep-seated issues that everybody laments while refusing to fix. From the media distortion of that story to the refusal to change gun control to the polarizing view over the police forces, the time is not to rejoice or to weep over that decision.

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