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I’ve never been there, but I feel as if I know it. Kenosha is the size of my home town, a little dot of civilization eked out in short order, built up with pride, home to people who work, worship, and enjoy the pace and pleasures of a small town. It burned last night and it is burning tonight. I’m watching the feeds, and I’m pretty sure someone’s going to get shot. The Marxists are showing up with rifles; there are reports of a militia en route to confront the protestors.
Does Kenosha have a large number of people who want to burn down their town and bring Death to America? I’m thinking they may have imported some people who wished to help out. I’m thinking they’d head up to Fargo if they were needed there. I’m thinking they’d be more than happy to burn downtown Fargo. For justice!
Actually, no; for Revolution! Justice comes later.
Actually, the Revolution is justice! So burning downtown Fargo is, like, a jury returning with its verdict. Totally justice.
The feed of mayhem comes in short bursts on Twitter. I watched videos of rioters showing up with rifles, American flags burned while someone screeched “Death to America.” CNN right now:
MSNBC ‘s homepage at 11:47:
WaPo’s home page has a huge headline:
The sole Kenosha story:
Jacob Blake’s family calls for officer’s arrest, peaceful protest The father of five young children was shot in the back by police, which has left him paralyzed from the waist down.
The “Father of Five” note is interesting, since people who have large families are usually excoriated for killing the planet.
It seems that the destruction in Kenosha is not important. But it is a matter of dire national importance that you think about the Tiki Torch rally in Charleston every day, because those chucking fargleheads were representative of everyone to the right of David Frum. The destruction of Minneapolis neighborhoods was a righteous reaction, if regrettably enthusiastic. But it is a matter of vital concern to the future of our democracy that you remember armed men entering the Michigan state capitol.
We’ve been told that concern over burning down cities amounts to prioritizing mere bricks over lives. This is a popular retort amongst those who reveal they cannot contain two ideas in their head simultaneously. They will charge the National Guard and scream “fascist” with the assumption that they will not be shot by people who value bricks over lives. Then they will throw a brick with the intention of ending a life.
I watched a Kenosha clip that showed a man – as distinct from the males who were rioting – attempting to protect his job from arsonists. He is not a member of the landlord / exploiter class, but he suffers from false consciousness, so he is not subject to consideration as a fellow human being. He is a parasite-adjacent, so it is permissible to kill him. Or at least induce a state of actual unconsciousness. He was struck with a a heavy object, possibly a bottle of cement, and fell to the ground inert. The woman filming the attack laid into the rioters, and said “this is wrong” – whereupon one of the rioters said “We’re trying to protect ourselves.”
Defending yourself against the revolutionaries is an offensive act. And why wouldn’t it be? If the cause is just, anyone who stands in its way has forfeited their right to live.
The man has a broken jaw. The protestor has a broken moral compass. One will heal, and the other will sicken for the rest of her days.
Okay, let me check the feed to see if anyone’s been shot in Kenosha.
Can’t tell who shot who, but from the screams and sounds of shock and surprise, it seems that an antifa-associated individual took a round. He is screaming for a MEDIC, like they do in video games, and counting on someone to apply all the tools and techniques of Western Civilization to save him.
He may be crying out for an ambulance. This will be a problem, since some protestors may believe that the ambulance is there to rescue someone on the other side, and will set upon it with rocks and clubs. Someone will have to arrange safe passage and assure the protestors that the ambulance is cool.
Like I said, I don’t live in Kenosha. Never been there. I don’t live in New York. I don’t live in Chicago. I don’t live in Portland. Except that I do, because I am an American citizen. What’s the line? This land is my land, right?
Update: from what I’m reading on Twitter, the rioter was shot by someone defending his business. And I’m thinking about our family business, how my Dad would have run out to protect what he had built, and how they would have thrown a brick at his head. And someone with an iPhone streaming it all live would have shouted WOO, and maybe cursed the way the stream wasn’t uploading to Facebook right away, and taken a drink of fresh clean water from his canteen, wondered if the blood would come off his shoes, and shouted F*CK CAPITALISM before heading off to the next target. What town is this again?
Doesn’t matter. Burn ’em all.Published in