Our Civil War of Stupidity

Sign at a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles, Calif., June 8, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
The loudest, most dominant voices in American political discourse often are the ones with the least thought-through, least useful perspectives.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F or a brief moment, we had a broad, bipartisan national consensus that the police should not kill those in their custody. Then, our warring factions of idiots went and ruined it.

On May 25, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin did something terrible, pressing his knee on the back of George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, during which time Floyd’s heart stopped beating and he died. Chauvin’s fellow officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, stood and watched. This angered many Americans, if not almost all Americans.

Then, some residents of Minneapolis chose to respond to Chauvin’s actions by


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