Like all decent Americans, and freedom-loving people around the world, I’m greatly relieved by the not-guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. My relief, however, is tempered by concerns over his safety. If he stays in America, he’ll have to look over his shoulder the rest of his life. I’m also disgusted by the usual suspects decrying this verdict with the nonsensical claim that it will encourage others to “take the law into their own hands.” When police can not, or will not, enforce the law and protect our safety and property, then it the DUTY of citizens to step forward and do so. It can only make sense to condemn “taking the law into our own hands” in a society with a functional police force and court system. The United States has neither – and this case was, in my opinion, merely a stroke of luck.
In other news, y’all may recall that I traveled to Dominican Republic last year, and that I was sick the entire time. Therefore, I decided to make up for it and try again. This time, it’s an extended stay. In fact, it’s a trial retirement. If I’m happy living here for a few months, then I might make this my seasonal home, snow-birding between the tropics and Oregon.
So far, so good. I haven’t gotten sick, and I’m gradually adapting to life here – which is very much a life of leisure.
Interestingly, just about every white person I’ve spoken to here seems to be a race-realist to one extent or another. It’s mainly older men who have been around and experienced the world. They have no illusions about the reality on the ground in Dominican Republic. Sure, people are friendly, but there are good reasons the country is so poor – and it has nothing to do with white-privilege, colonialism or historic injustice; it has to do with a high time-preference, though nobody’s actually used that term with me.
A few of my friends have asked me to take lots of photos, and share them. Here’s one I took last night: