“The Facts Ma’am, just the Facts”
Reflections on the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict
By Richard Allen – December 6, 2021
In the 1950’s & 1960’s, mine was likely the first generation to grow up with the dominant influence from Television and the weekly network offerings of Comedy, Westerns, Game Shows, Drama and Detective Shows. As a result, many idioms of my own language, appetites and values were strongly influenced by the Entertainment Industry, and the Corporate Sponsors who funded them through their Commercials. One of those idioms that stuck me was the standard response given by Detective Joe Friday, as he questioned witnesses. A “no nonsense law-man,” Detective Friday would often respond to the hurriedemotional statements from the witness to some crime by saying: “The facts Ma’am, just the facts.”
Sargent Friday’s words were not meant to be abrasive or insensitive, his words were only meant to steer the witness away from their interpretation, editorializing and emotional responses - and help them focus on “what really actually happened, that is – THE FACTS!” As we all know from the many courtroom dramas we’ve witnessed (both real and dramatized), the only evidence that should matter in court are Facts, not Hearsay, Feelings, Opinions, Political Ideology, Dreams or “so-called Unnamed Sources.” While I do believe that most Courts do still try to work in the sphere of Facts and Reality, the Corporate Media Complex – Now completely controlled by Globalist Powerbrokers are no longer interested in Facts and Reality, to them Every Story is a Narrative, to be Spun to advance their own political and economic goals. And speaking of “unnamed sources,” one of the lessons we’ve learned during the Trump presidency is: “EVEN IF THEY DON’T HAVE FACTS OR CREDIBLE WITNESSES, THEY’LL JUST MAKE IT UP!”
There is no example I can give where an Un-factualMedia Narrative was better displayed than the events surrounding the Kyle Rittenhouse saga during the Summer 2020 Riots in Kenosha Wisconsin. Kyle was a 17-year-old Life Guard who had come to help with medical supplies, scrub graffiti off public buildings, and protect local businesses from rioters on August 25. Kyle’s mother lived just across the border in Antioch, Illinois – but his father lived in Kenosha where Kyle was had just finished a shift at the YMCA. Because of the violence the previous evening, he also brought a legal firearm purchased for him by a friend. As events downtown escalated, Kyle was attacked by rioters and forced to defend himself after verbal attempts to get his attackers to retreat had failed. In the process Kyle shot and killed two attackers, and wounded a third attacker. All three of his attackers were white, two of them had criminal records and all three of them had been whipped into a frenzy by a Dishonest Media narrative completely devoid of the FACTS!
A simple search using any internet search engine will reveal how dishonest the Media has become. Even now, after being found “not guilty” in a court of law, judged by his peers in front of an honest judge – who just happens to be a life-long Democrat, the Corporate Media keeps spouting off the same diatribe of lies: Kyle was a White Supremist, a Militia Member, a Trump Supporter, full-blown Racist MAGA Hat Wearing Deplorable who had gone “Hunting” mostly innocent protesters. The question we might ask is “Why do they keep LYING, even when the FACTS have been established?” The answer is simply because there are millions of gullible, unstable people looking for something to believe in, some cause, and to participate in some righteous acts that will vindicate their empty lives. Through the court proceedings, all of the FACTS have become available to anyone willing to honestly look at them. Yet the Media keeps LYING!
Truth be told, Kyle Rittenhouse, just like Travon Martin was a Junior Police Cadet, and Cop-Wannabe. His own social media was full - not of racist language or invectives towards any of his fellow men, but pictures of himself with his police and fire-fighter uniforms, firearms, along with Blue Lives Matter and other Patriotic signs. When did those stances become odious in America? Apparently, we now live in an age where everything that was once considered right, and good, and patriotic, and law-abiding are now considered contentious and racist. And conversely, those things once considered perverse, twisted, immoral and wrong are portrayed as good, wholesome, and virtuous! Both of these approaches always seem to go together. When Evil masquerades as Good, they also have to slander and demean Good as Evil!
Don’t get me wrong, If I had a 17-year-old son, wanting to attend a riotous protest where a political party and major donors were looking to make a statement, I would tell him no way! As we now know, the hapless Democrat Governor of Wisconsin told the Police to “stand down” and let the rioters get it out of their system. We also saw this same failed response many times before. Whether it was the corrupt Democrat Mayor of Baltimore who also gave the rioters “space to destroy,” or elected officials in Ferguson or Minneapolis, it has always ended the same way. The Kenosha Police had mostly abandoned the local businesses and pulled back to watch as the “mostly-peaceful-rioters” burn, pillage and loot part of downtown Kenosha. To those of us who love civility, this was obviously a mistake. But to those who are looking to “foment revolution,” it’s the stuff that their dreams are made of! It was a story that they could “spin to the outcomes they wanted:” Blame Systemic Racism by Police, White Privilege, Gun Owners, People who Fly the Flag, Christians and the Legal system. All the political enemies that they COULDN’T BUILD A MAJORITY TO DEFEAT AT THE BALLOT BOX!
There are a few principles at work in the Kyle Rittenhouse narrative that are important to grasp, because they’re not really new. Deliberate “non-factual deception” is part of an age-old practice of “Virtue Signaling.” The 1st Principle is: “In order to elevate yourself and your own views and cause, IT’S NECESSARY TO PUT OTHERS WITH WHOM DISAGREE DOWN! Jesus was confronted with this very behavior by the Pharisees, masters of Virtue Signaling:
“He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt. Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[a] thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you; this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)
As an His introduction to the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus told a parable, that is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning to describe those “who trusted themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt.” As Jesus tells the story, there are several conclusions that can be drawn: 1.) That none of us are righteous in and of ourselves, but we can be deceived into thinking that we are. 2.) God is looking for humility in His children, and Opposes the Proud Virtue Signalers who like to make a pretense of their own enlightened virtue & morality. 3.) Inside we all know that we are not righteous. Yet sadly, some of us put others down in order to “feel better about ourselves before God or other men!” 4.) Virtue-Signaling is BUILT ON A LIE, that is we need to deceive others about ourselves, and our neighbor’s behavior if we are to APPEAR RIGHTEOUS OUTWARDLY. Looking to appear righteous outwardly goes hand-in-hand with the lies we tell about ourselves, and others. Virtue Signaling as a political tactic began in 2010.
Since those early days of the Obama administration, when many middle-class voters realized that Barak Hussein was not a big fan of the USA, and was pursuing policies to apologize to Thugs and Dictators – while Shaming the Patriots that he personally despised. His radical administration gave rise to the Tea Party Movement, which was truly a political phenomenon not seen in the modern times. The Establishment Powers in both Political Parties were scared to the core that “regular middle-class voters” from fly-over states in the Midwest, West & South might actually take the power of “We the People” back. So the establishment mouthpieces in the Corporate Media were given the task to make those Tea Party Patriots appear as “Racist, Intolerant Homophobes” who wanted to return to the era of Jim Crow and Segregation. So the Corporate Media crafted a deceptive message, where they desperately wanted us to believe that those “silver-haired Tea Party Patriots” waving US Flags were “Terrorists,” and the paid “Occupy Wallstreet Radicals” (I’m convinced the forerunners of Antifa & BLM) were the good guys trying to save our Democracy from the Tea Party! This was Kyle Rittenhouse PROFILE OF A TERRORIST WHITE SUPREMIST THAT HAD TO BE DEFEATED!
While both political parties have made great pretense to being “for the little guy,” or “representing working people” in the past, never before in US History had both parties joined together with such disdain for simple working-class people. Eventually, the Democrat party would drop all pretense of “representing the working class,” but would boastfully claim (2012) that they didn’t need working people any longer, they had an unstoppable coalition of an Elite Wealthy Donors, Dependent Classes of Minority Voters, Teachers Unions and a few Traditional Union members, and groups whose sole cause was built on Identity Politics: LGBTQ, Feminists, Immigrants, and Non-Christian Religious Groups! And sadly, the Republican Establishment – fearing this “Patriot Class” of working men and women, sided with the Democrats to undermine them through an organized campaign of Virtue Signaling by Corporate Media shills, from both parties.
Not until 2015 did anyone really challenge their dishonest Virtue-Signaling and Media Spin – Until a billionaire champion with orange hair called them FAKE NEWS! The Virtue-Signaling Establishment RepubliCrats (there’s really only one party), were shocked! The Media was convinced that their hold on the “Narrative” was so secure, they could actually promote Trump and then destroy him at will when the time came, ensuring that one of their Elite-Class would win the presidency. But something happened on the way to an HRC win. The pent-up desire of the Patriot Class voted in such numbers – that even with the election fixed, they didn’t have enough boxes of votes to keep him from office! So after 8 years of swooning over the “crease in Obama’s pants” (MSNBC’s Chris Matthews) and “how eloquent and clean he was” (Joe Biden), the grip of Media Narrative and Spin were loosening on the National conversation!
Anyone who opposed them was demeaned, threatened and cajoled – most into submission. But Patriots all over the land were rising up, and wouldn’t buy the Virtue Signals spun nightly on the Corporate Media. People began getting their new elsewhere on the Web and social media. But these modern Pharisees had done a ton of damage during the Obama years. Not only did they embroil the Trump presidency with non-stop-phony investigations, but they worked with Corporate Heads, Tech Giants, Education and Medicine to keep people from the FACTS! Then in 2020 they put the fix in on so many levels, it would be hard to explain, just to take Power back from “We the People.” And while they still control Corporate Media outlets, their control over the Narrative has been drastically weakened. The Jury declared Kyle “Not Guilty!” Only time will tell, but it is starting to look like wanting to “appear righteous” is not enough. TRUTHFUL, FACTUAL REALITY is making a comeback! “The Facts Ma’am, just the Facts”