Gainesville, Florida, has found theirs. Leonard Pitts, Jr.:
Maybe you know the term “terrorist veto.” It refers to the ability of a single obscure malcontent, powerless but for his willingness to sacrifice lives, to make himself heard at the highest level of geopolitics and force his way upon the international stage.
As this case makes oppressively clear, the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle have evolved an analog to the terrorist veto. Call it the idiot veto — the ability of a single obscure malcontent, powerless but for his willingness to do some outrageous thing, to make himself heard at the highest level of geopolitics and force his way upon the international stage.
Two weeks ago, no one had ever heard of Jones, podunk pastor of a tiny church — 50 members — in Gainesville, Fla. Twenty years ago, his proclaimed intention to burn the Quran might have gotten him a few minutes on the rump end of the local TV newscast.
“Man bites dog is news,” because it’s unusual.
“Some persons are idiots is not news,” because a certain percentage of the populace will always be idiots.
It is a law of nature. When
K = the symbol for constant and
- i = idiocy,
Ki= the Idiocy Constant of Human Nature.
Corollary to the Idiocy Constant:
Do not try to make anything idiot-proof. God will simply make a new and better idiot.
All seriousness aside, it’s persons like Mr. Mustache Jones who make me ashamed to call myself “Christian.”