MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2021
...but also, NAME WITHHELD: We've been thinking about various teenagers lately. Some we won't mention today.
Before the week is done, we'll probably point you to more information about Kyle Rittenhouse, then 17. We're speaking of relevant information—information you would have heard about on Fox News, but not on MSNBC and not on CNN.
(News and information are tightly segregated now.)
Rittenhouse was 17 at the time. We've also been thinking about Ethan Crumbley, who was 15 years old, and badly disturbed, when he didn't get the help he badly needed.
In each case, our general reaction has had us trying to try to lock these young people up. In the case of Crumbley, we also have his parents locked up.
On TV, and in newspapers, former prosecutors are exploring the possibility that we could possibly get his guidance counselor locked up. Plus, the guy who let the Crumbley parents into that commercial building in Detroit.
Karen McDonald is looking for a way to get him locked up. These Dimmesdales always know best.
We've also been thinking about NAME WITHHELD, who was one year older than us, and living two houses down the street, when he took his own life way back then, as a mere sophomore in high school.
We had vaguely heard, from our own mother, that he was unhappy and struggling to make friends and fit in. We don't recall how we learned that he had taken his own life, but he too badly needed help, and he too didn't get it.
For ourselves, it didn't seem to us that Rittenhouse should have been locked up. No, we didn't think that he had behaved like a "vigilante." We were more inclined to think that that reaction came from deep within us.
That said, we in our tribe are now strongly inclined to try to lock everyone up. This is the way we tend to react within our own failing tribe.
Does Rachel ever focus on anything else? Our tribunes have been selling us this pleasing product for the past five or six years. We're constantly told that we're days away from getting one of The Others locked up!
We talk about virtually nothing else. Then we wonder why average voters don't fall in line behind our otherwise empty worldview and our nonexistent societal plans.
It seems to us that this is the conduct of frustrated, failing people. We may present more information about Rittenhouse this week, but Crumbley's conduct help us remember what heartbreaking, maniacal murder can look like.
Our hearts go out to all the struggling kids who are badly in need of help. We don't think that locking everyone up—or falling in line behind prosecutors on TV—is the best or most attractive way to handle a meltdown like this.