I thought it was a mistake to react to Colin Kaepernick’s antics. He is a moron but is treated as a serious person by many due in part to his critics’ over-reaction. similarly, I am largely indifferent to the ever-so-five-minutes-ago angry-lesbian-progressive shtick of Megan Rapinoe that has upset so many.
The fact is, unless and until you infringe on somebody else’s rights, you can be an ignorant moron in America. Unlike sex, race or IQ, acting like a buffoon is a choice and the Bill of Rights is all about those kinds of choices.
The downside of this, the Golden Age of Self-Expression is that none of us knew beforehand that there would a test and that the state of our knowledge would be so ruthlessly exposed so often. There was a time not so long ago, when one could be ignorant in many areas, quietly rely on respected persons or friends for guidance and never be called out. How many morons got to be on national TV or global social media in 1850? How many people were urged to endorse utterly stupid memes or fads back then? It was simpler to be a moron in the old days.
Granted, the nation would be better off with fewer morons but let’s not pretend they are all that rare. They can be seen on the big screen and on Broadway. Many of those who bring us bring us our news are only a red nose and a pair of big shoes away from living their true nature. Nutballs start religious cults, bogus health fads and/or fear being re-probed by aliens. Hell, we elect overt morons to all levels of public office.
It is a tribute to our generosity and confidence as a people that someone who is blissfully ignorant of history, culture, past and present politics, science, math, logic and good manners can act out without fear of formal sanction.
If a thousand African-Americans averaging several million dollars per year in the NBA/MLB/NFL think America is a racist hell hole, if like AOC, the “equal pay” soccer crowd is really not good at math and finance and if Jim Acosta somehow thinks himself competent and courageous, we should remind them all to be grateful that nobody requires them to be well-informed, self-aware or even normal. There are no competency pre-reqs for using First Amendment rights.
Keep perspective, my friends. What this nation lacks is a much larger volume of laughter at the human comedy that unfolds all around us. All we need a new word that means “I celebrate your right to be a buffoon, you buffoon.”