The Tuesday: Exnihilating an American Idiocracy

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BY KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON July 26, 2022
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WITH KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON July 26, 2022
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Exnihilating an American Idiocracy

Welcome to the Tuesday, a weekly newsletter about things you might want to know, or things you might find amusing. Some of those things are language, politics, and culture. The Tuesday is available only to NRPlus members: If you would like to become one of those — and I hope you will — you can sign up here. If the price of a subscription seems too high to you, then get a job, hippie.

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We live in a dumb world. Americans have a moral responsibility not to make it dumber than necessary — and Americans have been shirking that responsibility for a few years now.

On Twitter, that great overflowing sewer of American life, our friend Bill Kristol suggested — jokingly, I assume — that Democrats rally behind the singer John Legend if Joe Biden should (for some totally unforeseeable and unknowable and not-at-all-age-related reason!) not complete his term or decline to run again in 2024. His argument: The Ukrainians plucked Volodymyr Zelensky from the world of celebrity, and that has worked out pretty well for them — why not John Legend?

To which some nitwit replied with the complaint: "Kevin D. Williamson told me to grow the f*** up when I said Bill Kristol is a socialist."

Well.

If you think Bill Kristol is a socialist — not somebody who disagrees with you about this or that, not somebody you think has bad political ideas, not somebody you think overreacted to the Trump phenomenon, but a socialist — then, yes, you should, indeed, grow the f*** up. Words mean things, and whatever socialism means, it doesn't mean, "I think it would be a hoot if Democrats nominated John Legend for president." I disagree with Bill Kristol about any number of things (and agree with him about many more), but insisting that such disagreements somehow magically transmute Kristol into a socialist is idiotic kid stuff, deserving of contempt.

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