If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too …
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!
— Rudyard Kipling, “If”
Some may puzzle at the intensity of leftist bile heaped upon Kyle Rittenhouse before and more so after his acquittal on murder charges last Friday by a jury of his peers. It surpassed the critical point post-verdict, with mainstream newspeople forsaking all vestige of reasonable commentary in favor of rabid invective to actually place their employers in litigable jeopardy. MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross, for instance, called Rittenhouse “this little murderous white supremacist” on her show, The Cross Connection, Saturday against all evidence, no doubt causing head explosions at 30 Rockefeller Center.
But those who understand progressive fanatics know how much they had riding on the youngster’s downfall. Rittenhouse, you see, had to be condemned, if not by law then by legacy. Of all the reasons why — such as his exposure of the media-sanctified victims as riotous lowlifes and his fatal termination of their assault with a demonized weapon — none threatens the Left more than a single dangerously influential truth. Kyle Rittenhouse went into Kenosha a boy and came out a man.
A real man, not Hollywoke’s embarrassing idea of one, represented by such sad specimens as Disney “superheroes” Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Mark (the Hulk) Ruffalo, and The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes. All three wailed about the Rittenhouse outcome like crybabies, on Twitter.
Pascal tweeted, “Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 27, murdered August 25th, 2020. Rest In Peace,” above photos of the two men Kyle shot in now court-certified self-defense. How unmanly is Pascal? He lists his pronouns on his Twitter profile (he/him). No wonder Gina Carano got fired from his show. She was obviously too macho for him.
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 27, murdered August 25th, 2020. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/TzhmWyZJeB
— Pedro Pascal he/him (@PedroPascal1) November 20, 2021
Long-time insufferable wimp Ruffalo made similar lamentations on Twitter:
We come together to mourn the lives lost to the same racist system that devalues Black lives and devalued the lives of Anthony and JoJo. #ReimagineKenosha
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 19, 2021
You read that right. Ruffalo called convicted domestic abuser Huber “Anthony” and convicted child molester Rosenbaum “JoJo.”
“Another disappointing victory for white vigilantism,” tweeted Cary Elwes, apparently finding it inconceivable that everyone Rittenhouse shot was “white.” I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means.
To these and other Hollywoke losers, Rittenhouse is the villain of his story. Their expected film version went awry in the disastrous trial climax. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger proved to be less Tom Cruise than Will Ferrell. Except in the Ferrell version, the jurors would have dived for cover the moment Binger pointed an AR-15 rifle at them with his finger on the trigger. (READ MORE: Kyle Rittenhouse’s Perilous Future)
Nor did Kyle cower before heroic Binger’s ignorant utterances (“You lose the right to self-defense when you’re the one who brought the gun”) and start screaming racial epithets at the court like they hoped. Except for one early emotional breakdown — understandable given the consequences to his whole future — he answered hostile questions clearly and directly. His reaction to the verdict reading was the stuff of high drama — respectful through the first three counts of “not guilty,” quivering on the fourth count, then collapsing in relief on the fifth.
What a gripping movie it would make. But Hollywoke players never will make it because the finale — the “murderer” walking free — is offensive to them. So they’ll leave the free money on the table for an indie filmmaker to scoop up and produce a crowd-pleasing, politically incorrect picture. Here’s the pitch: A cop-idolizing teenager helps defend his old hometown during a riot and kills two rioters in self-defense — only to be charged with murder and go on trial for his life. Boys in particular would appreciate the protagonist’s ordeal by fire into manhood more than the latest toxic masculinity/girl-power fantasy propaganda.
Perhaps the manliest star of all time, John Wayne, knew the power of film to inspire boys through their rite of passage. His political opposite, Kirk Douglas, once told Dick Cavett a story about the Duke at the screening party for Lust for Life, in which Douglas gave an Oscar-nominated performance as tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh. As everyone was celebrating him, Wayne just watched him sadly, drinking his whiskey. Finally, he called Douglas out to the balcony for a private talk.
“What the hell made you want to play that f****t?” Wayne asked Douglas.
“Well, John, I’m an actor,” Douglas said. “I found the role of Van Gogh a real challenge. Most people think I did it justice.”
“Kirk,” Wayne explained. “You and I — we’re manly men. Kids look up to us to learn how they should act and be when they grow up. It’s our duty to steer ’em right.”
Kyle Rittenhouse did all right. Like the subject of Kipling’s poem “If,” he kept his head when all about them were losing theirs and blaming it on him. He defended himself in life and in court and walked out of a free man. And that is what the weenie Left can’t handle — all the better.