Does that sound extreme?
It shouldn’t. Not to a healthy society, at least.
Brandt was drunk and argued that he felt threatened that Ellingson was calling people to come hurt him (Brandt). He claims that the teenager was a part of a “Republican extremist group.”
A lot of the details around the case are currently unclear. Apparently, Brandt did, in fact, know Ellingson’s family.
My recommendation for life in prison is, of course, based on the premise that Brandt is proven guilty of what he is currently being accused of under the present details of the story.
Let’s err on the side of caution, assume the worst even, and say that all of Brandt’s accusations are true. The 18-year-old, just setting out on his life’s journey, was part of a heinous secret underground militia seeking to overthrow the U.S. government. He was on his way to the state capitol to riot, insurrect, or whatever. Brandt tried to stop him but couldn’t. Ellingson subsequently called members of the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and every other non-descript “domestic terrorist group” left-wing bugaboo to come beat up Brandt because of their political disagreement.
My request stands: Put Brandt in prison for life.
Jan.6 prisoners rot in solitary confinement to send a political message: “Dissenting to the legitimacy of the regime will not be tolerated.”
I say that murdering a young man due to a supposed argument about politics, therefore, logically warrants a prison term for life.
Given what is already known for sure, Brandt’s justification for his action sounds ridiculous. It’s hard to argue that you’re the one who is at risk when you mow down your apparent assailant (who was unarmed, by the way) in a drunken rage.
I’d say it’s pretty “indifferent” to angrily run over an unarmed teen and then leave him to die like roadkill.
Without making light of the tragedy, this case is so important because it represents how we as a society are becoming desensitized to the real threats tearing apart our social fabric.
The difference is that if that were the case, every mainstream media outlet would also be arguing for life in prison. We all know that there would be non-stop, around-the-clock coverage of it. You’d be getting Apple push notifications about it until this November’s midterm elections and likely beyond.
“The demand for White supremacy vastly outstrips the supply of White supremacy.”
Everyone intuitively knows this to be true. The lie that the United States is wracked by anti-black racism is a political tool to divide the American people, incite an emotional reaction, and get people to vote based on passion rather than reason.
This is unfortunate for people of all races in the United States. The administration diverts much-needed resources—which should be used to fight real crime—for its own political expediency.
Meanwhile, the type of act, such as what occurred in North Dakota, will get no attention. Biden continues his rhetoric that seeks to demonize political opposition and inflate false threats, sowing distrust among neighbors and creating the illusion among many that there is an evil racist lurking around every corner. This is what played out in the sad case of Ellingson’s murder. And it is the type of behavior that will only be further facilitated by this type of speech.
What should Americans do?
A good place to start would be to highlight the Brandt case and illustrate to people that violence against people of different political beliefs will not be tolerated.
The attorney general of North Dakota should support a prosecutorial initiative that seeks the maximum punishment for Brandt. The governor of North Dakota should also issue a public statement and make an example of the case. This will counter the component of that societal vision that portrays all opposition to leftist dogma as enemies of America, evil racists, and subsequently open targets for political violence.
The case of Ellingson is tragic. According to the details of the story, Brandt thought that he was justified in killing the 18-year-old because of his “extremism.” It doesn’t matter whether he was drunk or if he is apologetic. He must bear the repercussions of his heinous action.