The Year of Stupid

People react as they listen to speeches near an enclosed statue of Abraham Lincoln during a protest for racial equality at Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C., June 26, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters)Has any people’s uprising ever been as moronic as the Great Awokening?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t turned out that the novel coronavirus was only the second-most-infectious disease to spread through the U.S. this year. Satan’s Cupcake has, after all, been diagnosed in less than 1 percent of Americans. The not-so-novel imbecility virus is, on the other hand, ravaging the minds of everyone from news reporters and politicians to brand managers, high-school kids, and utility-company executives. The fervor out there is often compared to the French Revolution, complete with the installation of a toy guillotine/vegetable chopper in front of Jeff Bezos’s house. But this revolution has a distinctly 21st-century American flavor: Let’s hear it for liberté, égalité, stupidité. Has any people’s uprising ever been this moronic? It’s like a sketch-comedy spoof of history, Bastille Day reenacted by the characters from Anchorman.

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