In one of his novels, the late John D. MacDonald came up with a formula to determine the IQ of a mob. The formula was to determine the lowest IQ present in the mob and then divide that number by the number of people in the mob.
It is a perfect formula to determine the IQ of the average political Twitter user.
Let me give you an example. Gun control is the hot topic of the moment, with democrats and all the socialists running for the presidency each vying for more draconian, more useless laws to be enacted. (I could die of old age listing all the gun control laws currently on the books that are not enforced, so I will simply ask why we need still more laws that will not be enforced. Oh, yes, because it will make us feel as if we have done something.) Since Robert Francis O’Rourke is possibly the stupidest of the candidates, and since he is running at the back of the pack, he has become more and more strident in his efforts to capture attention, and last night he raised—or perhaps lowered—the bar of stupidity to new levels by claiming he would simply confiscate all the existing popular semi-automatic rifles gleefully demonized in the press as “assault weapons.”
Texas Representative Briscoe Cain (R) immediately tweeted out, “My AR-15 is ready for you, Robert Francis,” to which Robert Francis promptly responded by tweeting back that Cain’s comment was a “death threat,” and then reporting Rep. Cain to the FBI.
Fine. So far, both men are proving the accuracy of my Twitter IQ formula.
What I’m interested in is this: where was Robert Francis O’Rourke’s fearful outrage when Donald Trump and other Republicans were being threatened?
Off the top of my head, forgetting other Republicans and only taking President Trump into consideration, this is what I came up with:
The New York City Public Theater staged a Shakespeare in the Park Production of Julius Caesar that portrayed the assassination with Julius Caesar dressed and made up to look unmistakably like Donald Trump. A threat, Beto? Nah, that was artistic expression.
Robert De Niro has stated on more than one public occasion that he wants to “punch the m*****f***** in the face,” with “m*****f*****” being understood to mean President Trump. A threat, Beto? Nah, that was artistic expression.
Snoop Dogg released a music video portraying a mock shooting of President Trump. A threat, Beto? Nah, that was artistic expression.
Madonna took a broader approach, advocating blowing up the White House and all the priceless antiques and art that belong to the American people along with President Trump. A threat, Beto? Nah, that was artistic expression.
Kathy Griffin posed with a bloody and graphic decapitated “Trump” head which was unpleasantly reminiscent of some of the less charming activities of the Islamic State and the excesses of the French revolution. A threat, Beto? Nah, that was artistic expression.
Mickey Rourke (no relation to Beto) is so inarticulate and profane that it is difficult to understand either what he says or what his profanity means, but reading between the obscenities, it appears he threatened to beat President Trump to death. A threat, Beto? Nah that was artistic expression.
A comedian named Sarah Silverman tweeted a call for a military overthrow of President Trump and his administration. A threat, Beto? Nah, that was artistic expression.
Various rappers, whose names or monikers mean nothing to me, have produced music videos calling for… Well, mastery of the English language is apparently optional in schools and colleges these days, as long as you throw in enough offensive profanity, so it’s a little difficult to say precisely what they were calling for, but it definitely involved violence toward President Trump. A threat, Beto? Nah, that was artistic expression.
There are others, but there is boring lack of imagination and similarity to all of them, and my tolerance for incoherent profanity is limited. But two things stick out about this:
The first is the mind-boggling hypocrisy of progressive Democrats, socialists, and progressive Trump-haters;
And the second is that Twitter brings out the stupidest in its users.
All of them.
Yes, even the Twitterer-in-Chief.