Rittenhouse, for one, is having a tough time finding work or getting into college right now, but it's a disservice to this young man for people who should know better to attempt to turn him into our side's response to Hogg or Greta Thunberg instead of allowing him go back to growing up peacefully.
This weekend, Kyle Rittenhouse will be speaking at a Turning Point USA conference in Phoenix, sharing billing with Ted Cruz, Tucker Carlson, and Donald Trump Jr. Rittenhouse is making the incorrect decision. After the verdict, he completed a series of media interviews, but going on the speaking circuit is a step closer to celebration. In November, he was correctly acquitted for using his right to self-defense, and one might even argue that his motivations for being in Kenosha were good. But he shouldn't have been there, and the glare of a national spotlight and being transformed into a folk hero, a villain, or a symbol of the times is horrible for an 18-year-old who has to grow up and move on with his life. When Democrats and left-wingers sought to turn the adolescent survivors of the Parkland shooting into political speakers, I wrote:
If you have ever been, or known, a teenager, you know that even comparatively well-informed teens are almost always just advancing arguments they’ve heard from adults, and typically without much consideration of the opposing arguments. . . . I’m never in favor of the whole spectacle of using kids as political props, which both sides do, but it’s one thing when it’s relatively benign stuff — a politician campaigning with his family, a Trump or an Obama bringing out a young fan or honoring a kid who did something good. Those aren’t efforts to use kids as human shields against hard questions being asked in a serious public-policy debate. Turning “listen to the kids” into a mantra and marching a few steps behind them is. That’s particularly the case because divisive issue debates inevitably mean the people carrying the point of the spear are going to come in for a lot of pushback from people who feel viscerally about the other side of the issue. Pushing distraught teenagers to the forefront means they will be the ones absorbing that. As adults, we are supposed to know better than that.
They went on anyhow, and David Hogg is now a propaganda-addled fanatic with a million Twitter followers who is incapable of talking like a regular college student. Rittenhouse, for one, is having a tough time finding work or getting into college right now, but it's a disservice to this young man for people who should know better to attempt to turn him into our side's response to Hogg or Greta Thunberg instead of allowing him go back to growing up peacefully.