Malaise Continued

“Think I’ll spend eternity in the city
Let the carbon and monoxide choke my thoughts away.” — Darryl Hall

Yesterday I had assumed that we would have had a verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. Amazingly, this seems to be the case where time stands still. It boggles the mind that the latest hopes for humanity are thrust upon the jurors that were selected in this case. That hope would be wasted on the judge.

In what started out as a simple case of a kid shooting three people has turned into a circus where victims are not victims, shooters are not killers, and protesters get labeled as rioters, looters, and arsonists. Judges turn into jackasses and justice takes a holiday as racism seems to be the order of the day. Maybe hell isn’t all that far away.

In the past week we’ve taken a look at gadflies, jackasses, provocateurs, and everything else in between. Matt Gaetz (who could credibly be called any or all of those things) has stepped up to the plate. He has offered a job to Rittenhouse once he gets out of this whole legal origami. He could work for Gaetz as a Congressional page.

This news registers as an eleven on the irony meter. Congressional pages are supposed to be the best of the best. So, it is particularly telling that the very best Gaetz can come up with is a kid that killed two people. Oh, that’s right, he was defending himself in a situation so dangerous that he had to leave his home and drive a number of miles just to find it. It was a situation so dire that out of all of the histrionics of the evening, he was the only one that fired a weapon.

The irony wouldn’t be complete without a man greasing the skids himself offering a position. Maybe Rittenhouse can be his page when Gaetz finds himself in some cushy country club prison. Maybe we can see how tough he is when he doesn’t have an AR-15 attached at the hip. The fact that neither are in jail and likely won’t be for awhile is the perfect backdrop as the mendacity and double standards choke our thoughts away.

The best we can hope for is jury nullification. Maybe just one person will be so disgusted by the footsie going on between the judge and the defense to vote guilty and hang the jury. Maybe they could have another trial that gets assigned to someone that actually wants to act like an impartial jurist. Maybe someone will wake up amidst this horrible nightmare of whataboutism and realize that after all of the antics and all of the mumbo jumbo that Rittenhouse shot and killed two people. These are the facts and they are undisputed.

Author: sbarzilla

I have written three books about baseball including The Hall of Fame Index. I also write for You can follow me on twitter @sbarzilla.

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