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On Kyle Rittenhouse
An intelligence operation from the beginning.
The Kyle Rittenhouse case is one of those cases that is polarizing, divisive, and painted over with black/white cognitive veneer on purpose. It is quite simple. If you support BLM, then you hope that Rittenhouse gets convicted. If you are a “patriot” then you are for him getting acquitted on account of his 2nd amendment rights.
However, if one were to recall a video posted on Twitter shortly after the shooting, one would remember members of Rittenhouse’s group relaying to the cameraman that they had been informed by local police that they were planning on “pushing” the protestors towards them. What ended up occurring was a police-created perimeter around the multiple-block protesting area. By doing this they created a pinball-like low-level pressure cooker whereby a violent interaction was more likely to occur.
One thing that struck me about the videos posted after the shooting was the bizarre recording of Rittenhouse walking towards police officers, with a long-gun rifle in hand, and not seeing the police officers even seem to be bothered by it.
What we have seen, time and time again, is police officers shooting first and asking questions later. Regardless of whether one identifies as conservative, liberal, republican, democrat, or a donkey is besides the point. We have seen just recently the Supreme Court once again upholding the unconstitutional doctrine of “qualified immunity”. This is perhaps another conversation entirely, as regardless of the presence of qualified immunity and whether or not it is the cause of the unconstitutional treatment of legally armed American citizens is besides the point I am trying to make.
If I were a gambling man, taking into account statistics, probability, and what I have read and seen with my own two eyes up to that point, I would have taken a $10 bet that the responding police officers at the time of the Rittenhouse shooting would have gunned Rittenhouse down without a second thought.
This is not to say that I agree with police officers quasi-executing citizens at will and without warrant, it is rather that this is what I observe happening more often than not.
So, why didn’t Kenosha police shoot Rittenhouse as they often so do in similar situations?
Why did that member of Rittenhouse’s group testify to police informing them of a deer-hunt-like drive to “push” protesters towards the armed group members?
Well, perhaps it is because that is what they were ordered to do.
If this is the case, why were they given such orders?
Did the person or persons from whom those orders derive have intent to cause more division amongst the American populace?
Another thing that muddies this whole situation is the fact that Rittenhouse was legally justified in defending himself.
Again, this is not the issue that I am arguing here. As is often the case with binary “wedge issues” people are arguing over only one aspect of the case.
As we see the trial unfold before our eyes, the case seems to have only weakened for the prosecution since that event in Kenosha in 2020, with one of the men shot by Rittenhouse in alleged self-defense admitting in court that his gun license permit was inactive and needed to be renewed at the time of the shooting.
The fact that Rittenhouse was visibly legally justified in defending himself only makes assessing the situation more difficult for people. Constitutionalists and people who have seen through the ruse that is BLM will be quick to point out Rittenhouse’s legal justification for using force. However, those same people may just as well miss the instance where the pattern that is normally there is absent: belligerent use of force by police on American citizens, armed or otherwise.
The Kyle Rittenhouse shooting, like the murder of George Floyd, was an intelligence operation from the start.