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Time to Make Stupidity Embarrassing Again.

Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

Great news, folks. I have it on good authority that “Real America” is done with COVID-19!

It’s a huge relief to know the pandemic is over for real Americans. The people currently getting sick and filling up hospital ICUs and dying by the thousands are apparently not real Americans, which I guess means we real Americans shouldn’t care, since that’s what good, caring real Americans do. Or something like that.

The source of this fabulous information is none other than Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who I assume is a serious person because he is in Congress and has tacitly supported only one attempt to overthrow American democracy.

On Tuesday, he retweeted a video of a packed University of Wisconsin football stadium taken at a game over the weekend, and added these words: “Real America is done with #COVID19. God bless!”

God bless! (That “God bless!” does NOT apply to you non-real Americans who have COVID-19 and are deathly ill, missing work, on ventilators or presently being housed in portable morgues outside overflowing hospitals.)

Jordan’s well-informed declaration of victory over the coronavirus, which is currently forming its own government in the state of Florida, came on the heels of another erudite Twitter statement the congressman sent Monday: “Vaccine mandates are un-American.”

 

Indeed. That confirms my long-standing belief that schools, workplaces, the armed forces, day cares and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ requirements for people to become citizens of the United States are decidedly un-American.

These are all smart things for a sitting member of the U.S. Congress to express, and he should absolutely continue to be treated as a serious human being who is not at risk of being outsmarted by a bowl of expired yogurt.

Or — and I’m just playing devil’s advocate, a notoriously liberal game — perhaps the congressman should feel ashamed that he publicly made two astonishingly absurd and dangerous statements over the course of two days.

Perhaps there should be some form of social penalty, some kind of repercussion, for willfully babbling nonsense that flies in the face of all medical and scientific reality. I’m probably wrong about this, but maybe we, as a society, should be concerned about the fact that people like Jordan routinely demonstrate the intellectual capacity of jellyfish without feeling the least bit embarrassed.

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