Today’s read is from Douglas Andrews in The Patriot Post. Here’s an excerpt:
In another place and time, Kyle Rittenhouse wouldn’t be on trial. Instead, he’d be back in school like any other 18-year-old. Or in college, or working at his job. And he’d be hailed as a hero — as an American kid who took up arms on behalf of a desperate community, and took a stand against anarchy, mayhem, and wanton destruction of private property.
Today, though, Rittenhouse is on trial for his life in a Kenosha, Wisconsin, courtroom. He’s charged with six crimes related to the events of August 25, 2020, the third night of a Black Lives Matter protest-turned-riot that had already wrecked the city and its downtown businesses.
Those crimes? First-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, and misdemeanor possession of a weapon by a person under age 18. Cumulatively, they’re more than enough to put him away for life.
The trial is a litmus test for a deeply divided nation, and its outcome will have a monumental impact on those who believe they’re free to riot and destroy private property, and those who believe they have a right to protect that property and, if necessary, to defend themselves with deadly force.
Read the entire column here.