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Rittenhouse should have been found not guilty

Now 18-year-old
Kyle Rittenhouse has been found not guilty for fatally shooting two men and
wounding a third. He and a friend traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin to protect
local business owners and provide medical aid after two nights of businesses
being looted and set on fire there. Rittenhouse, who was trained in emergency
care, brought a medical kit and an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle.

Within 48 hours of
the chaotic events, he was charged with two counts of homicide, one count of
attempted homicide, recklessly endangering safety, and illegal possession of a
dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18. The gun charge was later
dropped, but the politically ambitious Democrat DA overstepped reason and acted
in his own political self-interest to charge Rittenhouse so quickly.

In all that I have
seen (a gun pointed at his head, etc.), Rittenhouse clearly acted in
self-defense and had no ill-intent. One of his attackers, Joseph Rosenbaum, was
a child rapist, serving 15 years, and one of the other guys had a felony
charge. One had just been let out of a mental hospital after a
suicide attempt.

According to a
statement from Kenosha Police, of 175 people arrested in Kenosha during the looting
and riots, 102 live outside the community. None is in jail now.

Black Lives Matter
protestors, largely white, millennial, liberal college brats and most of whom were
not from Kenosha, soon realized they were no longer in Seattle or Portland full
of hipsters, grunge bands and spineless citizens. They were in Wisconsin,
filled with open-gun-carry folks of German descent. Do not run from them unless
they are goose-step marching and commence singing.

They do not like
looting in Wisconsin. And to be fair, it is much easier to loot today than when
I was young. It is not the security cameras (hoodies hide faces), and the
cops won’t do anything anyway. It is that in my day a color TV weighed about
600 pounds and was the size of a Mini-Cooper.

The hyper-political
Democrat prosecutor weaponized the immense powers at his discretion to make an
example out of Rittenhouse and others like him. Yet an unarmed woman, Ashli
Babbitt, was shot by a Capitol Policeman on Jan. 6 and no charges were filed.
No wonder we do not trust government prosecutors. We have a government that
advertises on billboard for folks to report “hate crimes” and to turn in anyone
d with the Jan. 6 insurrection. How about this? Prosecute all real crimes – do not advertise
for certain ones.

Yes, one person
pointed a gun at Rittenhouse and another dolt hipster hit him with a big
skateboard. I guess there is a lesson here for hipster leftist millennials: Never
bring a skateboard to a gunfight.

The rioters and
looters in Kenosha burned and damaged over $20 million worth of other people’s
property. Families put their lives’ work into their businesses serving the
community, and in one night the angry mob ruined them.

Rioters even
burned the Kenosha public library. Why burn a library? A public library is
now a sacred place where winos and indigents sleep and watch porn.

On the bright side,
now that the verdict is justly not guilty, about 25 percent of Kenoshans will
be able to have their Christmas shopping done later that day.

Government is so
inept that
, in an awkward moment,
Kyle Rittenhouse was asked to step outside and defend the courthouse when the
verdict is read.

When asked about
Kenosha and things going up so quickly in flames, Joe Biden became angry and
said, “Her name is pronounced Kamala!”

For her part, White
House mouthpiece Jen Psaki, just back from getting COVID from a group of
reporters required to wear masks, chimed in by saying she could not chime in.
Right after she said she couldn’t comment on the murder trial of Rittenhouse, Press
Secretary Psaki declared that President Biden disavows “vigilantes
patrolling our communities with assault weapons.” She said nothing about his
stance on people who loot and burn businesses and marauders who intimidate
Kenosha’s citizens; I can only assume he is being told what to say on those crimes
by his handlers at MoveOn.org.

If convicted,
Rittenhouse could have been sentenced to a two-picture deal starring opposite
Alec Baldwin.

To celebrate a not
guilty verdict, local grocery stores in Kenosha are now giving away expensive
turkeys to all citizens who can outrun their store security guys. 

Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist,
award-winning author, and TV/radio commentator; you can reach him at 
Ron@RonaldHart.com or

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