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What’s Behind The Massive Spike In Violence Inside US Public Schools – The Federalist

Posted: December 3, 2021 at 5:06 am

Ask any public high school student: violent in-school fights are on the rise and discipline is on the decline. Just consider one public high school: Madison East in Madison, Wisconsin.

In late September, local media reported a series of disturbing cell phone videos depicting vicious fights and beatings occurring in class and on school grounds over the course of several days. Then, several hundred students walked out of school twice in one week protesting the schools sexual harassment policies.

The protest apparently spilled over to other local high schools, resulting in marauding groups of students causing harm to others, damaging property in the downtown area, and publicly calling out suspected sexual harassers, according to an email from one of the area school districts.

A few days later, on Oct. 20, 10 police officers responded to fights in a massive crowd of more than 100 students at Madison East. On Nov. 8, more than 15 police officers responded to what the media described as a melee in which five students were taken to the hospital. The next day, more than one-third of all students stayed home out of fear.

In all, Madison police were called to Madison East and its surrounding area 63 times during the first few months of the school year.

Madison East is no outlier. A simple Google search reveals similar headlines from around the country: Woman with gun arrested as IMPD breaks up large fight at George Washington High School in Indiana, Big brawl At Woodhaven High School results in minor injuries in Michigan, Police investigating after large fight in parking lot of West Mecklenburg High School in North Carolina, and Reynolds Middle School is shutting down in-person learning for 3 weeks to address student fights, misbehavior in Oregon. All these stories originated during the same week.

So what could be causing such a spike? Or perhaps more frighteningly, is this a new normal? Many factors may be contributing to this upward trend, but a few probable culprits require serious scrutiny.

Even before COVID, the trend was towards more violence in schools. The number of violent incidents on public school campuses increased a staggering 185 percent from 2016 to 2019, according to a recent study. But following months of lockdowns, closed schools, and virtual learning, this trend accelerated as kids returned to school.

For example, the National Association of School Resource Officers reported a tripling of gun-related incidents in schools between August and October 2021, compared to the same three-month period in 2019. One Florida principal, at a recent national school safety conference, summed up what many schools are experiencing: Some students, who had no history of issues, suddenly started aggressive behavior when our high school resumed last August.

Perhaps this should be no surprise. With students returning to school after a year of missed socialization, and the emotional damage it wrought, it seems only natural that student-on-student violence would increase.

In addition to COVID policies and their impact on socialization, schools are contributing to the problem by intentionally weakening discipline policies. Largely in the name of political correctness, school districts around the nation have been working to reduce racial disparities in suspensions.

Based on the notion that any difference in suspension rates among students of different races is inherently racist, suspension rates around the nation have declined significantly in recent years, with little evidence of improved student behavior. Previous research by our organization, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, has found that declining suspension rates are directly correlated to students feeling less safe in schools.

Exacerbating the decision to reduce suspensions, many school districts have also cut ties with local law enforcement by removing School Resource Officers (SROs). SROs are uniformed police officers specially trained, hired, and paid by police departments to work in public schools. Since the death of George Floyd, at least 33 public school districts (mostly in large cities), including the district covering Madison East, ended their relationships with local law enforcement and removed SROs.

Relatedly, anti-police curriculum is increasing. Nationwide, examples abound of teachers portraying police officers as racist murderers, displaying banners such as F-CK THE POLICE, and even teaching children as young as three that police are racist because a white-supremacy fairy whispers evil thoughts into their ears.

On the other hand, students are taught to praise lawless protesters and looters. One teacher was fired after he was caught on tape praising the violent and extreme political movement Antifa. Another public school teacher justified riots as an uprising and labeled rioters as freedom fighters.

Yet another teacher took to Facebook to express his desire for rioting and looting to come to his hometown, posting Burn down the entire city as well! and later I mean what I said. Loot and burn it down! Another teacher was fired for doing the opposite: criticizing looting and rioting in Chicago.

Tied up in this curricula is also an increasing call for students to embrace activism. For example, the BLM at School curriculum, which is taught in many public schools, promotes a national uprising and student-led protests.

Portland public schools even promoted multiple mock protests with children as young as five raising their black power fists, middle schoolers calling for defunding the police, and high school students demanding reparations while marching through the whitest part of the city. Teach For America, a nonprofit aimed at putting well-educated teachers in urban school districts, claims that youth-led activism, and not high-achieving students, is key to building a better world.

This is a dangerous cocktail: missed socialization due to lockdowns, falling suspension rates, sidelining and demonizing police, praising looters, and encouraging activism. When these policies are considered together, perhaps it is no surprise that our public schools are becoming more violent.

One silver lining is that each of these policies can be reversed. At bottom, this is a matter of school policy. Nothing inherently wrong with our kids. It is therefore time for education policymakers to abandon their current anti-authority and anti-discipline policies, and return schools to what they should be: safe learning environments for our children.

Dan Lennington is deputy counsel, and Dr. Will Flanders is research director, at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.

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‘Please Let Me Help’: Texts Show CNN’s Chris Cuomo Advised Brother While Network Covered Allegations – The Federalist

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Newly-released text messages show that while CNN reported on allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo last March, his brother and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was feeding information from sources to the governors top aide.

Chris texted top aide Melissa DeRosa, begging her to please let me help with the prep and criticizing her handling of the governors public relations crisis saying, we are making mistakes we cant afford.

Text messages show that Chris asked his sources and other journalists whether they knew if more accusers would be coming forward, and then relayed that information to his brothers team.

Rumor going around from politico 1-2 more ppl coming out tomorrow, DeRosa wrote, before asking the CNN primetime host, Can u check your sources?

On it, Chris replied, then writing back 40 minutes later, No one has heard that yet.

DeRosa specifically asked Chris about a report she believed The New Yorkers Ronan Farrow was planning to publish. Chris replied, If ronan has nothing better than [former Andrew Cuomo aide and accuser Lindsey] boylan thats a great sign.

After the Washington Post first reported last May that Chris was sitting in on strategy calls with his brothers team, the anchor apologized on-air to CNN viewers and to his CNN colleagues, saying he put them in a bad spot. The network issued a statement calling the anchors behavior inappropriate, but said they would not discipline him for the conflict of interest.

Chris addressed his role in his brothers scandal again in August after Andrew resigned, claiming he never influenced or attempted to control CNNs coverage.

I never misled anyone about the information I was delivering or not delivering on this program. I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward. I never made calls to the press about my brothers situation. I never influenced or attempted to control CNNs coverage of my family. And as you know, back in May when I was told to no longer communicate with my brothers aides in any group meetings, I acknowledged it was a mistake, I apologized to my colleagues, I stopped, and I meant it.

The newly uncovered text messages show that Chris did in fact make calls to the press about his brothers situation.

Matt Dornic, CNNs head of strategic communications, did not immediately reply to The Federalists request for comment.

Andrew Cuomos COVID-19 nursing home policy killed thousands of elderly New Yorkers, but Chris frequently invited his brother on CNN for friendly coverage where not one tough question was asked. Chris also benefitted from thespecial COVID-19 testing privilegesthe Democrat governor afforded to his family and other well-connected figures in the state.

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Salvation Army Lies, Tries To Cover Up Critical Race Guide – The Federalist

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The Salvation Army issued a statement on Tuesday trying to walk back its racist claims in its Lets Talk About Racism guide after facing backlash.

Elements of the recently issued Lets Talk About Racism guide led some to believe we think they should apologize for the color of their skin, or that The Salvation Army may have abandoned its Biblical beliefs for another philosophy or ideology. That was never our intention, so the guide has been removed for appropriate review, the announcement states.

The Salvation Army, along with the International Social Justice Commission, published the now-hidden 67-page bookletwith the intent to foster conversations about racism and race so that we can join together to fight the evil of racism and create a more just and equitable society.

The guide uses critical race ideology buzzwords such as antiracism, white supremacy, colorblindness, and privilege to suggest that people should Lament, repent and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed. The Salvation Armys resource not only claims that systemic racism is still a problem in the United States but demands that white people examine themselves to work towards a Church that models the Kingdom value of unified diversity.

Lets Talk About Racism also loosely outlines The Salvation Armys desire to continue pushing critical theory from the top down and reorient the organization to change personal (or corporate) worship life to ensure that I/we are pursuing racial equity and unity.

How would The Salvation Army at the corporate level be strengthened by taking an active stance for racial equity and unity? the guide asks.

The Salvation Armys statement overlooks the problems in its document and instead chides unnamed groups for attempting to mislabel our organization to serve their own agendas.

They have claimed that we believe our donors should apologize for their skin color, that The Salvation Army believes America is an inherently racist society, and that we have abandoned our Christian faith for one ideology or another. Those claims are simply false, and they distort the very goal of our work, The Salvation Army claimed.

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.

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Luke Combs’ ‘Doin’ This’ Is What Listeners Need Out Of Mainstream Artists – The Federalist

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With the release of his latest song Doin This prior to his Thanksgiving Day NFL halftime performance, country star Luke Combs poignantly communicates the power of fate amid his rise to extreme success. Per usual, Combs connects with his audience by focusing on the simple and pleasurable things in life unlike the many artists today shackled by materialism.

Combs unveiled the song in early November on the night of the Country Music Awards. The 31-year-old North Carolinian took home Entertainer of the Year, only further demonstrating his populist appeal to a fanbase hungry for less artifice in a country landscape influenced by superficial pop music. A music video for Doin This was also released shortly after, and it has more than 2.3 million views as of this writing.

Combs new song centers on what he would be doing if he were not an acclaimed country artist traveling the world. To that simple question, he tells it straight.

He enjoys making music so much that, regardless of his current situation, he says he would still be performing in dive bars, working a low-paying job, and hanging out with his hometown friends. Nostalgia permeates the song, as listeners connect with an artist reminiscing about uncomplicated times engaging in what he loves and always will.

Id be drivin my first car, an old worn-out DodgeTryin to make rent with a dead end job, just makin doWith tips in a jar, my guitar and an old barstool

Id have a Friday night crowd in the palm of my handCup of brown liquor, couple buddies in a bandSingin them same damn songs like I am nowId be feelin on fire on a hardwood stageBright lights like lightning runnin through my veinsAt the Grand Ole Opry or a show in some no-name town

Note the difference between how Combs describes his life compared to mainstream pop and hip-hop/rap artists. The singer-songwriter is comfortable with his humble beginnings and does not feel the need to endlessly describe to listeners his immense wealth and prestige. See this song by Drake, this by Lil Nas X, and this by Post Malone and The Weeknd for the opposite messaging.

An artist like Combs is refreshing to the mainstream music world, as he refuses to abide by a celebrity standard steeped in self-aggrandizing acknowledgment of fortune. In Doin This, Combs relies on the notion of fate to guide his listeners through a story of his life. The story is straightforward. It could be anyones.

Here was a working-class man singing in bars and with friends who made it big, and owes his dues to those who made him the man he ended up becoming. Here is an American who serves as a template for other hardworking and talented artists seeking to appeal to a wider audience.

His past life is characterized as equally meaningful as his present one, giving listeners the opportunity to consider the (absolutely true) reality that receiving fame and fortune is not the key to happiness. In fact, Combs directly references this in the songs bridge. He says, It Aint about the fame, It aint about the fortune, It aint about the name, It aint about the glory.

The notion of fate, as opposed to the postmodern and nihilistic notion of inexplicable randomness, is a recurring theme in Combs music. In Reasons, off his 2019 album What You See Is What You Get, the artist connects his complicated life to a higher power.

All things that have occurred in his existence good, bad, confusing are because its all part of a bigger plan that Ill never understand. In the bridge of Refrigerator Door, he says, As life flies by, it spills onto the side. Until its covered top to bottom with the best days of your life.

In this sense, Doin This piggybacks off other tracks and takes listeners back in time. Combs has previously said there was never a plan B for what he wanted to do with his life. The artist worked as a bouncer at a bar below his apartment in college before dropping out, and got his first gig after last call by dropping the mop he was using to clean up. He built a small fan base working at barbecue spots and in nearby towns.

None of this is to speculate that Combs is not incredibly satisfied with his current life. On the contrary, Doin This seems to indicate he recognizes he is blessed and knows he would be just as blessed should he not have millions in the bank. Its a good message for Gen Z folks who have been told that being famous is the end goal of life, which is bellowed by so-called influencers on Tik Tok, Instagram, and all the others.

Luke Combs has broken through the Nashville snap-track machine by staying true to himself. Should he continue to leave his arrogance at the door, the 31-year-old is only just beginning to make waves in an industry in need of authenticity and good values.

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YouTube Threatens To Ban Users Who Question Mask Effectiveness – The Federalist

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Google-owned YouTube is threatening to ban any users who question the effectiveness of face masks.

Buried in the Big Tech platforms COVID-19 medical misinformation policy are clauses that allow YouTube to deplatform anyone who dares contest information about masks or contradict local health authorities or WHO.

Claims that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects and Claims that masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19 both violate the Big Tech companys misinformation terms and conditions.Later in the policy, YouTube clarifies that Claims that wearing a mask causes oxygen levels to drop to dangerous levels, Claims that masks cause lung cancer or brain damage, and Claims that wearing a mask gives you COVID-19 will also be punished.

Other censored terminology and phrases include Content that recommends use of Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 and Claims that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will cause death, infertility, miscarriage, autism, or contraction of other infectious diseases.

Any content that is deemed unacceptable under these terms could be punished with removal and a strike.

Repeat violators are subject to losing their channel or account. If you get 3 strikes within 90 days, your channel will be terminated. You can learn more about our strikes system here, the policy notes.

We may also terminate your channel or account after a single case of severe abuse, or when the channel is dedicated to a policy violation, YouTube states.

In the policy, YouTube reserves the right to grant an exception to violating videos if that content includes additional context in the video, audio, title, or description.

This is not a free pass to promote misinformation, YouTube claims.

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.

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Will GOP Governors Engage The Culture War To Keep States Red? – The Federalist

Posted: November 28, 2021 at 9:47 pm

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Federalist Western Correspondent Tristan Justice joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss what he learned about the state of the GOP from the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Phoenix earlier this month.

Its important to note that all these different states have different issues to run on, but education is really at the focal point of the culture war, and Republicans, I think, would be wise to follow the model of Glenn Younkin and adopt this issue and become champions for kids education. But again, they have other issues to run on as well, Justice said.

Other issues that the GOP plans to harness in the 2022 midterms include immigration, inflation, and energy costs.

Republicans ought to worry more about governors than anything else next year, considering just how just how the pandemic illustrated how important it is to maintain these governorships, Justice said.

Read Justices dispatch Youngkins Win Bolsters GOP Optimism, But Did Governors Learn? here.

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Los Angeles Schools Teach Students That Celebrating Thanksgiving Is Evil – The Federalist

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The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest public school district in the nation with more than 640,000 K-12 students enrolled, discouraged students from celebrating Thanksgiving this year, instead offering an alternative holiday in its place.

The LAUSD Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity prepared a number of presentations called Advisory Lessons that push left-wing beliefs and are intended to be shown to students. The website also describes the need for teachers to talk to students about power, privilege, oppression, and resistance.

One such lesson is called Lets Talk About Thanksgiving. It starts out innocently enough, asking students if they prefer pie or turkey. Then the presentation lists a number of objectives, one of which is Reflect on how you can honor the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

What exactly is this true meaning, you might ask? The presentation doesnt waste any time, jumping into a video from MTV titled Everything You Know About Thanksgiving Is Wrong. It challenges the finer details of the first Thanksgiving, like the nature of the food that they ate and the clothes that the pilgrims wore. The video goes on to entirely overshadow the three-day pilgrim festival at which 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe were present, the event that would later go on to be called Thanksgiving.

It does, however, discuss the extensive history of violent conflict between Native peoples and the pilgrims, all while falsely framing such conflict as if it was exclusively initiated and carried out by the European settlers. The rest of the presentation maintains this theme.

One slide contends that unnamed researchers doubt that the pilgrims and natives ever had a celebration of unity, despite a historical record that documents a three-day festival where members of both groups celebrated together. It once again cites settlers attacks against the natives while not mentioning aggressive actions taken by the natives against settlers.

Students are then directed to a website where they can discover whose land you are on. It also says that LAUSD headquarters is on Chumash, Tongva and Kizh land. Note that the slide show does not refer to the land in the past tense but instead says that the area is currently Chumash, Tongva, and Kizh land, implying that these tribes, not the state of California or the United States of America, continue to have a legitimate claim to the area a century or more after they were conquered by settlers and U.S. armies.

The presentation concludes with a videofrom Teen Vogue that claims thatthe true story of Thanksgiving is that after every killing of a whole village, these European settlers celebrated it and then called it Thanksgiving and thatpeople who celebrate Thanksgiving are celebrating the deaths of many people. The video ends with a group of girls flipping over a Thanksgiving table.

LAUSD isnt content with simply deconstructing Thanksgiving, theyre also intent on replacing it with a different holiday. Thats why they made a presentation labeled National Day of Mourning, which bears the subtitle Learn about the day of protest held by Native Americans to mourn ancestors and the theft of their lands.

The presentation provides a historical overview of the Day of Mourning, citing the original protest that was held in Massachusetts in 1970. It goes on to note that The National Day of Mourning hopes to educate folks about the true history of the colonization of America and end the national myth and that it is a way for Indigenous people to remember their ancestors and grieve their genocide. This holiday is held on the same day as Thanksgiving.

The presentation also includes a reflection page that asks the question Do you think people are starting to re-think their understanding of Thanksgiving? One doesnt have to read very far into these two presentations to realize that the administrators at LAUSD who created these lessons fully intend for their students to reconsider Thanksgiving, specifically to see it as a celebration of racist violence rather than how it has traditionally been regarded as a celebration of unity and gratitude.

There is nothing wrong with a person mourning the loss of aspects of his culture, or the evils that accompany war. But both presentations were permeated with an air of faux impartiality. This is the exact danger. By disingenuously framing their politics as legitimate academic disciplines or good-natured attempts at intellectual inquiry, they shroud their real aims.

To naively accept that the LAUSD was simply motivated by a desire to engage in historical or cultural preservation rather than to indict American traditions as uniquely racist is to ignore what weve learned from a year thats been replete with controversies surrounding critical race theory.

Their presentation on Thanksgiving sheds light on their motives. Notice how all historical nuance had been discarded. In the name of telling the true history of the holiday and native settler relations, they entirely ignored that violence between the two populations went both ways, the barbaric practices of many indigenous tribes including the abuse of women and ritual torture, that the violence was punctuated by periods of peace and treaties, or even that the Native American population was segmented into different tribes, each of which had distinct experiences with each other and settlers.

Furthermore, if decrying conquest and the cultural erosion that stems from it, not engaging in grievance politics, was their goal, where are the mentions of any of the numerous cases of violence between native tribes? The unfortunate reality is that violent conflict has been a defining feature of the human experience, regardless of the people, place, or time one studies. Acting as if conquest is specific to a population or a country is dishonest, serving only to engender animosity against peoples or countries that have been deemed as uniquely guilty.

This rejection of historical nuance is highly politically expedient and has, in this instance, been leveraged by LAUSD to needlessly push division and erode a quintessential American holiday. While fighting back against the critical race theory thats invaded American schools is a long and arduous process, there is a simple way you can push back against those who undermine our traditions. Keep celebrating.

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Why America’s Future ‘Depends’ On Thanksgiving – The Federalist

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On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, author and Daily Signal columnist Jarrett Stepman joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss the history of Thanksgiving and why, despite attacks from the left, the holidays traditions live on.

When you have a national day of Thanksgiving, you have to understand 1863 was really the heart of the American Civil War. There were Americans dying in the tens of thousands, a country that was at that point entirely torn apart. You had literally families that were at war with one another. It says a lot about the character of the nation that at that moment, they took a step back to give thanks for what they had as Americans, Stepman said.

And it was, I think, a combination of giving thanks for the things that they were given, giving thanks to the fact that they even had a country, the United States of America, something that many take for granted, he added.

Stepman said varying visions leave many of the far-left feeling contempt for the U.S. but the nations origins are important.

I think that the Thanksgiving tradition, which, of course, the pilgrims are very much a part of in this country is incredibly important. Its important to remember how our origins as a country, even though this was hundreds of years before the United States as we know it existed, you can see the seeds of our own origins as a people, Stepman said.

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Rittenhouse Verdict Reveals Once Again That The Left Wants Riots – The Federalist

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The point of the obviously unjust prosecution of Kyle Rittenhouse was to deter Americans from standing against the lefts routine use of mob violence. After all, mobs cannot be checked if citizens are afraid to defend themselves and their communities when Democratic mayors, governors and prosecutors refuse to stop leftist riots.

This is why left-wing politicians and their media supporters hate effective self-defense. For example, Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times used the Rittenhouse trial to argue against the foundational tenets of gun advocacy, starting with the claim that guns are effective and necessary weapons of self-defense. He claimed that Rittenhouses gun transformed situations that might have ended in black eyes and broken bones into ones that ended with corpses in the street.

As National Reviews Kevin Williamson replied, Well, yes. Thats the idea. The point of effective self-defense is avoid relying on the mercy of aggressors, hoping they will be satisfied with only seriously injuring you.

In addition to disdaining the right to self-defense, Manjoo also wants to remove police protection from citizens. He was ebullient over the violent Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, and elated that acceptable public discourse about police reform has shifted to include terms like demilitarize, defund and abolish.

This in folly, but at least he is honest enough to admit that he believes that the police (if they are not outright abolished) should stand down during leftist riots, and that citizens who defend themselves should be prosecuted. The only people who should be punished for riots are those who try to stop them.

The lefts leadership, and not just the fringe, is pro-riot, as illustrated by the constant labeling of rioters as protestors. The only reason to conflate the two is to give moral cover to the riots.

As Nellie Bowles, formerly of The New York Times, noted regarding the papers suppression of her reporting on Kenosha, the mainstream liberal argument was that burning down businesses for racial justice was both good and healthy. If you lived in those neighborhoods on fire, you were not supposed to get an extinguisher. The proper response the only acceptable response was to see the brick and mortar torn down, to watch the fires burn and to say: thank you.

In short, either get with the mob or get out of its way. And dont forget to cheer as rioters destroy your neighborhood. As Nikole Hannah-Jones, mastermind of The New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project said during the 2020 riots, Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.

This attempt to justify mob destruction by pretending that it only targets replaceable property could only be believed by the ideologically intoxicated and the very privileged. Even if we ignore those killed and injured by the riots, the truth is that property is often irreplaceable, and even when it can be replaced its destruction harms people.

The idea that insurance will fix everything is ridiculous, especially coming from those who otherwise tend to denounce insurance companies. Furthermore, even when insurance companies are not difficult to deal with, there are things that are uninsured, or not insured for the full value. And some things are just irreplaceable, often because they have value beyond their physical functionthe furniture that my father built can be functionally replaced by something from a store, but the personal value cannot.

We are embodied beings, and naturally develop emotions regarding objects with special significance. Furthermore, it is still harmful to destroy more mundane objects. Businesses and homes, even if fully insured, cannot be rebuilt in a day, and in the meantime people will be out of work or out of a home.

Rebuilding, even with money, takes time, and to force people into it is stealing parts of their lives from them. The injury is multiplied when entire neighborhoods are destroyed, even if no one is physically hurt.

This is why people will not simply acquiesce to rule by rioters. Citizens taking up arms is inevitable when the authorities are unable or unwilling to defend people and property. It may have been foolhardy for an untrained 17-year-old to take that task on himself, but that does not negate his right to self-defense, let alone excuse the rioters and their media cheerleaders and political enablers.

For those of us not high on ideology, it was obvious that the violence of Black Lives Matter riots would not result in fruitful criminal justice reform. As for defunding the police, it has been a disaster, and left-wing cities that cut police budgets are having to increase funding due to crime surges.

Increases in crime are a natural result of excusing and encouraging riots. Evil attracts evil, and excusing riots if they are for a supposedly good cause ensures that many wicked people will flock to that cause as an excuse for their crimes. It is no coincidence that the men Rittenhouse shot in self-defense were all criminals, beginning with pedophile rapist Joseph Rosenbaum.

The response of left-wing media and politicians to Rittenhouses justified acquittal shows that they have learned nothing. They doubled-down on the lies that the rioters were peaceful protestors and that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist murderer, and they called everyone who agreed with the verdict racist.

That reveals why they support riots and hate self-defense. They want to punish the nation. They want to inflict pain as part of some bizarre national catharsis that purges the sins of the people and puts the left in permanent power.

This strange hatred for their own country is a large part of why the leadership of the leftpoliticians, media, academics, and suchlikeis losing support from ordinary, working-class voters, who do not want to see their neighborhoods burned down and the police defunded. Other than criminals, rioting is largely the province of faux-radicals who view destruction as a lark or a tool, and who are safely insulated from the long-term consequences.

Politically, the lefts leaders view riots as tools of punishment and intimidation used by their side, which may be part of why the capitol riot of Jan 6 looms so large for themit carries the threat that the right might be able to summon mobs of its own. In contrast to the lefts embrace of violence, conservatives must oppose escalating, tit-for-tat, riots. We will win by standing for law and order against mob rule, not by emulating the left.

Rittenhouse should never have been charged. But even more, the left should never have encouraged and enabled the riots that led to him being attacked and having to defend himself.

Nathanael Blake is a senior contributor to The Federalist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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It’s Time To Banish Roger Goodell To Canada – The Federalist

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If, as recommended, you spent your Thanksgiving enjoying football along with excessive amounts of food, you were treated to a curious sponsorship: Crown Royal.

While it isnt curious that the Canadian whiskey is working with the NFL, a league not known for its aversion to marketing or booze, to have Thanksgiving games sponsored by a Canadian company is a visible sign of decline. For starters, it was Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday. For seconds, its Canadian whiskey. For thirds, Im pretty sure this is still America, decline notwithstanding.

But thats where we are as a country, reduced to letting hosers help bring us an annual tradition. And while we should probably blame President Biden for this, even if this one thing isnt his fault, we should definitely blame NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for selling us out, once again.

Football on Thanksgiving brought to us by Canadian whiskey, as if there arent many, many, many bourbons that could have done the same job, except better.

Im not trying to disparage Crown Royal. Its a fine whiskey. There was a time before the bourbon craze when a friend busting out the velvet bag would be treated with reverence. I still wouldnt look down upon it, even though there are many, many, many bourbons that could do the same job, except better.

The time for reverence, though, has long since passed. Its Crown. Its easily accessible, not too expensive, and not too demanding of the drinker. Its a great bottle for elevating your and Coke or passing around the room for celebratory shots after the game. Its also suitable for remorse shots when the game doesnt go so well.

But the thing is, in case I havent mentioned it, its Canadian. And not to talk trash about Canada, but, well, it is Canada. As much as people love to elevate its stature, no one ever actually moves there, threats aside. Its a place people love in theory. Even ex-pat Canadians extolling its virtues stop short of moving back and they presumably have family there. Its like the Unitarian Church of countries.

On Thanksgiving, though, there was Crown Royal, sponsoring our game, rubbing decline in our faces. As Americans, we should be accustomed to Goodell and the NFL rubbing our faces in various things. That doesnt mean we shouldnt fight it.

Roger Goodell was unlikely involved in the decision to accept Crown Royal as an official sponsor. That move probably came from the NFLs chief marketing officer or some other marketing lackey who saw the dollar signs American, of course and said Yes. Goodell, though, created the environment in which that could happen, most likely because he hates America.

If you doubt that undeniable truth, remember how Goodell treated Americas son Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Patriots! Roger Goodell hates America and now hes stopped hiding it, going so far as letting Canada sponsor our pastimes, even if he didnt personally approve the deal and instead just trusted someone to ink it for him. Fish do rot from the head down.

America has never been big on banishing people, but we live in a brave new world and maybe its time to rethink that. When it comes to Roger Goodell, its definitely time to rethink it. It is now undeniable that the commissioner should at least be banished to Canada, if not some remote outpost with semi-reliable electricity. No longer can we let this megalomaniacal ginger make a mockery of our holidays, our people, and our sports.

As it is always darkest before the dawn, so is our current moment. This is no time for excessive despair, or to give up. We must, though, fight, and thats why its time to send Goodell packing to colder climes. Politically, Canada obviously suits him better than his current country, so its not that harsh of a punishment. And when it comes to whiskey, he might at least start learning how to drink.

Richard Cromwell is a senior contributor to The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter, @rcromwell4.

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