Killer Kyle Rittenhouse Roams Free

Friends from around the nation have contacted me today, and if I were to place their collective messages into one concise sentence which summarizes their mood, it would be as follows.

What in the hell is wrong in Wisconsin?

Today a judge refused prosecutors’ request to issue a new arrest warrant for double-killer Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old vigilante from Illinois. In 2020 Rittenhouse opened fire on protesters Joseph Rosenbaum, and Anthony Huber killing them, and seriously wounded Gaige Grosskreutz with more shooting from an AR-15-style rifle.

He is already out on bail but failed to update his address when he moved out of an apartment in November. For any other person that would amount to a bail violation.

But Rittenhouse is very white.

Keeping in mind that since the killings this school dropout was captured on video at a Wisconsin bar wearing a T-shirt that read “Free as (expletive),” along with drinking and flashing white supremacist signs, so prosecutors asked that his bail be increased by $200,000. He was allowed in the bar to drink as he was with his mother.

(You read that correctly.)

It needs also noting that Rittenhouse was serenaded by five men–at a straight bar, mind you–with a song that has become the anthem for the neo-fascist group The Proud Boys. To any sober-minded person, it is clear that this out-of-control teenager is in need of more firm stipulations for his bail, and the reason they are required is for the sake of society. But the judge refused to act for the safety of the populace.

The father for Huber asked a most lucid question in court today that also was in line with the dialogue I had with friends when commenting on this topic.

“How would you feel if the killer of your son was just able to walk free and make videos in bars and just live it up?”

So here we have a story of a white teenager who drives (or is driven) across state lines and provided an AR 15 style-rifle. Rittenhouse kills two, injures another, and walks past cops while brandishing his weapon. Now his legal team wants to make him out as the victim!

When Rittenhouse undertakes his next criminal act it will be reported that he should have been stopped when the justice system had the chance. Is that not what conservatives always say after horrific acts of violence? I do hope Judge Bruce Schroeder, who ruled in today’s case, will then field the calls from reporters and explain himself.

Meanwhile, we know what the justice system would have done to Rittenhouse if he were Black. Which leads me to ask again on CP just how exactly are white angry males being oppressed like they claim to be?

And so it goes.

Capitol Rioters Could Not Handle Personal Household Budgets…So Let’s Stage A Coup!

Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Whenever you dig into the demographics of Donald Trump’s supporters it gets easier to see how easily swayed they could be and how their personal lives were constructed on sand. I have demonstrated with polling data from spring of 2016 the lower education among many of these people, along with delusional thinking when it comes to their views of history. Now we have a layer of insight about the Trump terrorists who attacked our national government on Jan. 6th which resulted in three dead law enforcement members, and over 140 injured officers.

The data shows that a higher level than the national average are not able to handle their personal finances.

Nearly 60 percent of the people facing charges related to the Capitol riot showed signs of prior money troubles, including bankruptcies, notices of eviction or foreclosure, bad debts, or unpaid taxes over the past two decades, according to a Washington Post analysis of public records for 125 defendants with sufficient information to detail their financial histories.

The group’s bankruptcy rate — 18 percent — was nearly twice as high as that of the American public, The Post found. A quarter of them had been sued for money owed to a creditor. And 1 in 5 of them faced losing their home at one point, according to court filings.

The financial problems are revealing because they offer potential clues for understanding why so many Trump supporters — many with professional careers and few with violent criminal histories — were willing to participate in an attack egged on by the president’s rhetoric painting him and his supporters as undeserving victims.

Call me old-fashioned, but it probably would have made more sense for the geniuses who traveled to the Capitol to attempt a coup to instead stayed at home, shined up their resume, and worked for a better job. Part of the reason many in the Trump base have personal finance issues might be linked to their overall lack of education, and/or hostilities with society that makes them not able to act well around others in the work world. Ask yourself if Jimmy-Bob could work well with a Black female supervisor? Or understand gender issues in the workplace? Or grasps the need to read another book since leaving high school?

Granted, the lower-educated and financially fragile definition does not apply to all Trump supporters. Many are wealthy and stable. But the new data from the ones who followed Trump to a coup show a higher degree of financial short-sightedness.

A California man filed for bankruptcy one week before allegedly joining the attack, according to public records. A Texas man was charged with entering the Capitol one month after his company was slapped with a nearly $2,000 state tax lien.

It has been popular for a very long time for a person to assign blame for all that is wrong by pushing the reasons somewhere other than onto the shoulders of the person who looks back from the mirror. There are times when a person, through no fault of their own, such as with large medical bills, faces financial problems. That is why Democrats work for better health care coverage and a national plan to end such issues for people. But Trump supporters, by their votes and actions, have worked to undermine such efforts, so when they now encounter the same type of financial roadblocks we have to point out they are part of the problem.

However, at the end of the day, we need to be reminded of a truth. I did not grow up in a wealthy family nor did any of my neighbors. Likewise, for most of my readers. But no one ever thought the best way to deal with tough times was for violence or acting recklessly. Rather, my dad always made sure our lawn was mowed and mom tended the flowers and trimmed the grass around fences. The end result proved pride in what we had. Just because my dad never had a new car did not mean he was ready to hurtle a rock through a government window.

But then again, my dad never bought into extreme and radical politics, either.