By Gerard Baker
The unhinged reaction from the left to Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal last week is easily dismissed as a glimpse into the rancid minds and rabid hearts of the ideological brigands of modern progressivism.
But it may offer clarity about the real threat posed by the Democratic Party and its fellow travelers to the values and institutions that have made America the most successful democratic republic in history.
With varying degrees of apoplexy, from President Biden on down, the party’s leaders and its allies emphasized their dismay with or rage at the decision by 12 of Mr. Rittenhouse’s peers, after due deliberation, unanimously to find him not guilty of first-degree murder and lesser charges in the killings of two men and wounding of a third during the August 2020 riots in Kenosha, Wis.
Mr. Biden, proving himself once again the consummate moral weakling, first declared his respect for the jury’s verdict, then pronounced himself—no doubt after consultation with his handlers—“angry and concerned.”
While the follow-up statement paid lip service to the idea that a jury’s decision should be respected, the more striking message was that remarkable emotional response to its unanimous decision.
The president’s politically motivated disregard for the rights of accused defendants is well documented by now. He had already included the young man among a video montage of “white supremacists” during his memorably “healing” campaign for the presidency. He also told the nation he was “praying for the right verdict” as the jury deliberated in April before convicting Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Running commentary on the guilt of criminal defendants is despicable when offered by barroom braggarts, but when it comes from the most powerful man on the planet it amounts to reckless endangerment of the rights of his fellow citizens.
But that’s the point.
In the minds of the ranting radicals of the Squad or MSNBC, dimly repeated by the president, these so-called rights—presumption of innocence, due process, trial by jury, proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, etc., are not the bedrock legal protections against overweening authority the Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence has deemed them to be. In the minds of the regnant left when they find the defendant unsympathetic, they are inconveniences, fetishized excrescences of judicial process that obstruct and subvert the larger and more important objective of social justice. In this increasingly popular account on the left, they are the armor with which the capitalist white supremacists protect their hegemony. As such they can be dismissed.
And so people like House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic congressman, his own intellectual vacuity helpfully filled in by Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, can demand that Mr. Rittenhouse face further prosecution under spurious civil-rights precepts designed to undo the principle of double jeopardy.
So too do the president and his party demonstrate disdain for other niceties of the law: extending the Covid eviction moratorium Mr. Biden knew was unconstitutional, imposing a blanket vaccine mandate on employers in the face of widespread advice that it wouldn’t pass legal muster.
It’s hard to resist the conclusion that the intention behind the denunciation by some of the left of the Rittenhouse verdict reflected an even darker instinct. Though the president himself called for restraint, some of the loud condemnations sounded like incitement of more of the kind of behavior that characterized the Kenosha riots in the first place. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri tweeted: “The judge. The jury. The defendant. It’s white supremacy in action”—just as California’s Maxine Waters had promised unrest if the Chauvin verdict went the wrong way.
This is what the pernicious doctrines of the modern progressive identity left look like in practice. The “critical theory” they subscribe to says real justice cannot be delivered by a court, presided over by a judge whose outcome is determined by a dispassionate jury, since the entire structure is itself the product of racism, oppression and discrimination.
What they want is revolutionary justice. The legal system’s verdict will be supplanted by the people’s judgment so that someone like Mr. Rittenhouse will pay for his crime of defending himself and the property of others against the people’s paramilitary.
“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” (Robespierre)
douche bag biden is not mentally fit to comment on anything. notice the age of these protestors? zero generation on welfare or school, trade school rejects. 60% sill living at home and getting an allowance from parents.
the pedophile and his woke cabinet venerate hatred, anti-Semitic rhetoric, and engage in 1936 Nazi fascism. the doj has become the admin. Gestapo with gayland revisiting the likes of himmler.
BUT wait, harris the slut will be gone, the moronic pedophile will step down before the 2022 elections and the deep state will push for the fat ugly stupid michelle obama as pres. WOW, now the 2024 election is just fully rigged. black female pres., re-elections is assured and the decay of America is COMPLETE. America is now a third world country.
Trump equals the Constitution and due process.
Biden equals autocratic rule and the law only being what the state says it is, in the moment.
The choice is clear.
The author mentioned Ca. Representative (D) Waters’ threats before the Chauvin verdict (which I in all honesty was fully expecting to be repeated Friday). Come to think of it, where is “Mad Maxine” these days? I’d have bet good money she’d wade in here some time. She IS still above ground, isn’t she?
fat ugly and stupid bought a house next to alcoholic polosi in FL.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s guilt as a white supremacist, terrorist, violence-inciting murderer is obvious. That’s why the prosecution team for the state of Wisconsin has been so sharply criticized for botching what should have been a layup case.
Below are the critical errors made by the prosecutors that may allow the mass murderer the freedom to do even more mass-murdering:
1) Forgetting to go to law school: Sources say they learned to be lawyers by watching episodes of Suits.
2) Letting their star witness tell the truth: Hours training him to lie in court, down the drain.
3) Googling “what does self-defense mean?” during the trial: They must have forgotten all the TV cameras watching their every move.
4) Getting mixed up and thinking they were with the defense team for the first two days: A bewildering time for all.
5) Telling the jury to “look at the evidence.”: Oops!
6) Bribing the judge with celery instead of cookies: This mistake alone may have cost them the case.
7) Taking duck-lip selfies in front of the jury box during opening arguments: While the selfies looked great, it just seemed like bad taste, you know?
8) Pointing a gun in everyone’s face: It may work in other courts, but not this
Racism was not an issue in the Rittenhouse trial–unlike the just-concluded trial of the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery.
November 24, 2021 – Ahmaud Arbery trial: Jury finds McMichaels, Bryan guilty on felony murder charges
It’s unlikely that any of these three will be guests of *ucker Carlson, or granted a congratulatory visit with Donald Trump.