I’ve been wondering when (or if) anyone was going to notice this, and was beginning to think it would be left up to me to bring it up myself. Thankfully, Glenn finally saved me the trouble, although even he doesn’t get it entirely right.
See the problem there? It’s hardly an unusual mistake, and it’s one I’ve carped about more than once of late: an erroneous premise, assuming something not actually in evidence. Onwards.
When white teenager Kyle Rittenhouse shot three white men who were violently assaulting him, it somehow got treated by the press and politicians as a racial hate crime. President Joe Biden (falsely) called Rittenhouse a white supremacist, and the discussion of his case was so focused on racial issues that many Americans mistakenly thought that the three men Rittenhouse shot were black.
But when a black man, Darrell Brooks, with a long history of posting hateful anti-white rhetoric on social media drove a car into a mostly white Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring dozens, the press was eager to wish the story away. (The New York Times buried it on page A22.) Even when a Black Lives Matter activist connected it to the Rittenhouse verdict, observing “it sounds like the revolution has started,” the media generally downplayed it.
Were the races reversed, of course, we all know that the press would be turning its coverage up to 11, with deep dives into Darrell Brooks’ associations, beliefs, friends and family and more. But doing that here wouldn’t fit the narrative.
In fact, though, there is a thread connecting the Rittenhouse shootings and the Waukesha mass murder. But the thread isn’t so much racism as awful Democratic politicians.
After police shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, sparking unrest, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) didn’t call up the National Guard and secure the streets. Instead, he sent out an inflammatory tweet, saying, “What we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”
What followed was a night of arson and rioting. Evers nonetheless sent only a trickle of National Guard over the next two days and declined federal assistance. The result was a huge amount of violence and property destruction (largely affecting the city’s working-class and poor neighborhoods) and a background of unrest that led Kyle Rittenhouse to try to guard businesses and help the injured — a teenager setting out to do what the government refused to do.
Likewise, the Waukesha mass murder was the result of government failure. Darrell Brooks had already been charged with deliberately running over his girlfriend at a gas station and, incredibly, had been released on a mere $1,000 bail. All told, Brooks had been charged with three felonies, plus resistance to arrest and bail jumping.
All that and only $1,000 bail?
Both the Kenosha shootings and the Waukesha mass murder happened because the government failed to do its job. Those are the wages of progressive politics. For the likes of Evers, Chisholm and AOC, the wages are good. But the rest of us pay.
Betwixt the above excerpt’s penultimate paragraph and the last one, Insty makes some good points, but the problem I mentioned above remains: as is almost always the case, these particular incidents are not examples of Demonrat policy failure, but success. Last year’s officially-endorsed chaos served the real purpose perfectly: it drove Trump from office, intimidated and terrorized the intended targets, and drove in the wedge between racial and socioeconomic classes further and more snugly—all vital and ongoing projects for not only the Demonrat Party specifically, but for the Uniparty/Deep State/TPTB generally.
Only to People of the Blue Pill, whose vision is distorted by the mistaken assumption that their goals and intentions are roughly the same as ours, can such resounding success look like failure. Once you let go and realize that there is actually not the slightest congruity between them, it all begins to make sense. Even the best mechanic can’t determine what’s wrong with the engine until he’s raised the hood.