What a week! A boy from Illinois goes to Kenosha, toting a killing machine and intent on being a hero. He’s heading for a demonstration about the previous shooting (in the back) of a black man nine times for resisting arrest by an officer, at the time surrounded by other officers.

In this demonstration Kyle Rittenhouse runs through the streets and kills two unarmed people with the combat rifle and wounds a third. 

He sits through the trial like the Pillsbury dough boy, is found “not guilty,” and gets internship offers from three Republican congressmen.

This same week U.S. Congressman Richard Gosar posts a self-designed picture of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez being killed by Gosar (note to Gosar: Boris Karloff is dead). He is censured by the House of Representatives, but only two Republicans (yeah, those two) vote for censure. Surprisingly, the judge does not pat him on the head and shake his hand.

Meanwhile a trial in Georgia proceeds in which three white men are accused of murder for shooting and killing a black man out for a jog through their neighborhood.

And then some nutjob drives through a parade in Wisconsin and slaughters people. Poor Wisconsin. Poor us. Ban guns? Not a chance.

I feel like I’m watching my country drift toward fascism like a tumbleweed in a western film. 

It’s really scary.

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Mary Kay O'Grady

Mary Kay O'Grady is a former high school English teacher and later owned her own public relations business, The O'Grady Group. She has lived in Oak Park for almost fifteen years. She is currently the chairperson...