What kind of animals have we become?

The mother of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17 year-old charged with fatally shooting two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, received a standing ovation on Thursday while attending a Wisconsin GOP event.

GOP Senate candidate Lauren Witzke on Thursday defended the right-wing PROUD BOYS group on Twitter, arguing that the male-only organization exemplifies “patriotic masculinity.”

These two news stories from the MSN feed should have all of us asking, “What has happened to us?”

Calling the Proud Boys (they are on SPLC’s hate group list) examples of ‘patriotic masculinity’ and extending a standing ovation to the mother who drove her son in full costume with weapons to Kenosha to kill two protesters are not my idea of patriotism. Forgive me for being old-fashioned, but what ever happened to Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” and marching in the Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Nowhere, USA with waving flags and high school bands or watching fireworks over the Capitol on July 4th?

Are we this desperate for bona fide heroes?