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Important Lessons from the Rittenhouse Case

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Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges levied against him on Friday, November 19. The mainstream media has displayed enormous discontent with the verdict. President Joe Biden came out in support of the judicial system, but not necessarily the case decision. While campaigning in the 2020 election, the then-Democratic presidential candidate compared Rittenhouse, as noted by Fox News, to a “white supremacist”. Here are some crucial lessons that America must learn from this highly publicized trial and what caused it.

The state failed the citizens

The 2020 Spring and Summer riots carried out by Black Lives Matter and Antifa, two revolutionary Marxist organizations, were violent episodes that were an effectual revolt with the intention to overturn America’s republican and capitalist system. The U.S. Crisis Monitor cited 637 riots across the U.S. between May 26 and September 12. Kenosha, Wisconsin was one of those cities that was ravaged by the ire of radical aggressors.

Police responded to a call from the alleged victim of Jacob Blake, an individual wanted by law enforcement with an outstanding arrest warrant for third-degree sexual assault, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct. Blake resisted arrest, was admittedly armed with a knife, fought with police, and ultimately was shot and became paralyzed. From the 23rd to the 26th of August, BLM and Antifa agitators pounded Kenosha with crazed violence. As was the case in way too many places during that period, lawlessness was predominant in the Wisconsin city. The public authorities failed to protect life and property. Lawfully armed law-abiding citizens, including Rittenhouse, proceeded to fill the void left by the state.       

Law and order are crucial to a republic’s existence. When anarchy rules, it is up to the citizenry, unarmed or armed, to respond and defend self-government. If Kenosha did not reach the level of anarchic mob control as Portland or Minneapolis, it was thanks to brave people such as Rittenhouse that acted. During the American Revolution, this kind of behavior was labeled patriotism.

There is a socialist war to destroy the American Republic 

The Communist International (Comintern), that instrument of Soviet expansionism formulated in 1919, targeted blacks in the United States very early on. Race relations and America’s past slavery history were understood as a mechanism to where class warfare could be fused with racial underpinnings. Cultural Marxism’s Critical Race Theory and black liberation theology chart a course that preconditions “justice” and “liberation” for black Americans on the notion that America’s republic must be toppled, as well as her signature economic system, capitalism.

The victimization mantra, the systemic white “supremacy” charges, and the labeling of “racist” anyone who is not a left-wing zealot is prevalent. Even blacks who are conservative or libertarian are considered enablers of racism. The issue is never racial amelioration. Racism (and sexism) is denaturalized and used to promote socialist subversion. The Gramscian overriding principle of hegemonic cultural primacy is what the woke revolution is all about.

Rittenhouse and everyone involved in his trial was white. Yet BLM and other self-proclaimed “antiracists” are categorizing the whole situation as an exhibition of racism and white supremacy oppressive actions. This is totally nonsensical, yet it is the tactical offensive front being launched by leftism. This is not, in any way, shape, or form, an amplification of the 1960s civil rights movement. Race has been weaponized politically by the cultural Marxists.

The mainstream media is beholden to leftism

Mass media in America today has crossed the parameters of its role in a republic.  The idea of checks and balances and the important function that institutions such as the press play within civil society, has capitulated to radical ideology, and placed democratic governance in jeopardy. The Rittenhouse trial has proven that the major news outlets in the United States have an un-American worldview agenda that drives their work.

False analogies and outright fake news have become the norm of mainstream media reporting. Judge Bruce Schroeder lambasted mass media for its shameful coverage of the Rittenhouse trial, calling “misinformation” what was once referred to a reporting and news documenting. A rampant editorialization of journalistic practice was made evident since the hearing began on November 1. More than thirty witnesses, in eight days of testimony, reviewing over twelve videos of the occurrence of August 25, were manipulated to serve the purposes of political ends.  

The right to arms is fundamental

The Second Amendment is embedded in America’s republican composition. One cannot understand the American Creed, its exceptional originality in self-governance formulation, the complementing private property element which is seminal to liberty without the part that a citizen’s right to bear arms plays. The Founding Fathers were philosophically consistent when they tied the people’s civic responsibilities to the notion of rights in a nation.

The AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that was used by Rittenhouse to defend lives, property, and liberty in Kenosha, was sheltered by the Second Amendment. Additionally, the very language of America’s second most important declaration within the Constitution reads “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Framers of the Constitution, those delegates to the Constitutional Convention, as well as the Founding Fathers, correctly envisioned situations where the state might not be able to protect the people, or worse, become tyrannical itself. The essence of the American Revolution was characterized by a vigilant citizenry armed and ready to defend the republican system against enemies, foreign and domestic.

The events of that Spring and Summer in 2020, of which the unfortunate Wisconsin incident is a part of, were characteristically subversive. The identity politics insurrection has continued its march through the cultural forces of production. A sophisticated network of Marxist revolutionaries started a war to deconstruct America. Rittenhouse embodies a legitimate reaction to assure freedom prevails.

Julio M Shiling, political scientist, writer, director of Patria de Martí and The Cuban American Voice, lecturer and media commentator. A native of Cuba, he currently lives in the United States. Twitter: @JulioMShiling // Julio es politólogo, escritor, director de Patria de Martí y The Cuban American Voice. Conferenciante y comentarista en los medios. Natural de Cuba, vive actualmente en EE UU.

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