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0748, 23 Nov 21

What the Rittenhouse verdict reminds us about government power

My column for the Washington County Daily News is online and in print. Here’s a part:

The greatest crime perpetrated was that Rittenhouse was ever tried at all. Given the overwhelming evidence from multiple videos and witness testimonies, there was never any doubt that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. Yet, despite that overwhelming evidence, the district attorney and his deputies decided to prosecute Rittenhouse anyway for reasons that can only be explained by their political and personal biases.

 

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If you have a healthy distrust, with respect, for our government law enforcement agencies, that is good. You are in the right frame of mind to be an engaged citizen of a self-governing society. Now you must extend that distrust to all of the other government agencies. While a corrupt or abusive police officer or prosecutor can negatively impact your life, so, too, can a corrupt or abusive Department of Revenue agent, game warden, school superintendent, or mayor. We give these people extraordinary power over our lives as the price paid for a civil society, but we must do so grudgingly and with extraordinary oversight. We have been blessed with more than our fair share of superb elected and unelected government officials, but we have also had our fair share of the corrupt and the stupid.

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0748, 23 November 2021

4 Comments

  1. Jason

    >school superintendent,

    Oh shit, you might have just gotten on a list with that … EDUOFFICIALS

  2. dad29

    We give these people extraordinary power over our lives as the price paid for a civil society, but we must do so grudgingly and with extraordinary oversight. We have been blessed with more than our fair share of superb elected and unelected government officials, but we have also had our fair share of the corrupt and the stupid.

    Long version of what Rittenhouse told Tucker. You’re both right.

  3. Mar

    Government is getting way out of control.
    On the federal level, the FBI is about as corrupt as can be, the Congress is about to put tens of thousands of IRS agents to work, vaccine mandates and fake proclamations from the fake doctor Fauci.
    On the local level, you have the vaccine and mask mandates in liberal cities and states, spending money like drunken sailors, CRT education, sex education beyond the birds and the bees, pervert teachers hitting on students and indoctrination of students in liberal orthodoxy. Then, you have the defund the cops and no bail laws, George Soros DAS who value criminals more than victims and the outright encouragement of criminals committing crimes.
    And not to.mention the collusion with most media and social media companies with liberals in government.
    So, yeah, distrust in the government is a very good idea.

  4. Mar

    And don’t forget the government gloom and doom about climate change.
    Antarctica just saw its coldest winter and in the North Sea, the sea froze over a lot earlier than expected and trapped many ships in the ice.
    Tell me again how hot it is at the poles?

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