Terrifying reaction to Rittenhouse verdict and other commentary

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Conservative: Terrifying Reax to Rittenhouse Verdict

The “unhinged reaction” to Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal provides “clarity about the real threat posed by the Democratic Party” and its fellow vacationers, warns The Wall Street Journal’s Gerard Baker. “The party’s leaders” and allies “emphasized their dismay” on the verdict, paying “lip service” at finest “to the idea that a jury’s decision should be respected.” This sees primary rights — presumption of innocence, due course of, proof past an affordable doubt — as not “bedrock legal protections” however “inconveniences” that subvert the “more important objective of social justice” (the “armor with which the capitalist white supremacists protect their hegemony”) and so “can be dismissed.” The left needs “revolutionary justice,” and if its reaction right here “doesn’t scare you,” you “don’t understand what it represents.”

Pandemic journal: More Lab-Leak Evidence

“The COVID lab-leak theory just got even stronger,” declares Matt Rid­ley at Spectator World. A White Coat Waste Project lawsuit uncovered e-mails “between the American virus-hunting foundation EcoHealth Alliance and its funders in the US government. The scientists discussed collecting viruses from bats in eight countries including Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos between 2016 and 2019” and sending them to a lab EcoHealth already funded: the Wuhan Institute of Virology. In September, scientists present in a bat dwelling in a Laotian cave a virus 96.8 p.c genetically the identical because the human COVID virus, essentially the most intently associated but. The “astonishing truth remains” that “the outbreak happened in a city with the world’s largest research program on bat-borne coronaviruses, whose scientists had” introduced them to “Wuhan — and to nowhere else.”

From the left: Nonprofit Lunacy Is Killing Dems

The Democratic Party’s left has adopted “a kind of anti-politics” that rejects “any compromise with the center,” notes New York magazine’s Jon­athan Chait. Part of the issue: A “vast array of progressive nonprofit organizations and the millionaires who fund them” have shifted thus far left “it has grown increasingly difficult to ground their worldview in a political reality recognizable to most Americans.” Thanks to the ensuing groupthink, “activist groups of all stripes rushed to join the defund [the police] movement, including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and dozens of climate groups.” The payoff: “Virginia Republicans in this year’s election learned they could attack any Democrats receiving endorsements from these groups as gaining support from ‘pro-defund’ organizations.”

From the appropriate: Joe’s Laughable Inflation Claim

President Biden’s declare that Build Back Better will minimize inflation “isn’t just unconvincing. It underscores the absurdity of the Democrats’ political project,” snarks Ramesh Ponnuru at Bloomberg. The White House cites 17 Nobel-winning economists as assist, however they solely mentioned it will minimize “longer term” inflation; a number of of them say it will increase it within the quick time period. And “nobody can believe that Democrats adopted this plan in order to reduce inflationary pressures, now or ever. It isn’t at all what you’d come up with if putting downward pressure on prices were your priority.” What a “coincidence if what the Democrats wanted well before inflation developed just happened to be exactly what the doctor ordered to cure it.”

Libertarian: The TSA’s 20 Years of Worthlessness

Twenty years after its Nov. 19, 2001, founding, “the TSA has proven itself skilled at harassing travelers and freaking out over pocketknives and water bottles while steadfastly failing at its assigned task of making air transportation any safer,” fumes Reason’s J.D. Tuccille. In 2015, a TSA “internal investigation . . . revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials.” Plus: “The agency repeatedly has been called out for spending vast amounts of money on unproven toys and techniques,” leaving “them to gather dust.” In quick, “what the TSA is good at is high-visibility groping, scanning, and confiscating.” It’s excessive time to “put the agency out of our misery.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board