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Heroes, Villains, and Numbskulls of 2021

I see that Elon Musk was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Others have made lists of the best and worst people, sports teams, movies, songs, TV show, hairstyles, books, or video games of 2021. I have my own list. It is the heroes, villains, and numbskulls of 2021. Since the main issue of the year was the Covid-19 “pandemic,” my list is heavily skewed toward that subject.


  • Governor Ron DeSantis
  • Dr. Scott Atlas
  • Dr. Peter McCullough
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Any state, entity, or group that has sued the Biden administration
  • Every employee who quit his job or got fired for refusing to get the vaccine
  • Sellers of “Let’s Go Brandon” merchandise
  • Wearers of “Let’s Go Brandon” merchandise
  • The Southwest pilot who said “Let’s Go Brandon”
  • The spectators who chant “Let’s Go Brandon” at sporting events
  • Pastor John MacArthur
  • Representative Thomas Massie
  • Senator Rand Paul
  • Signers of the Great Barrington Declaration
  • Employers who did not force their employees to wear masks
  • Business owners who refused to close their places of business
  • Employers who did not mandate that their employees get the vaccine
  • Employers who refused to install plexiglass shields
  • Everyone who refused to get the vaccine
  • Everyone who refused to wear a mask
  • Parents who refused to let their children get the vaccine
  • Every employee who refused to disclose his vaccination status


  • Anthony Fauci
  • Joe Biden
  • Kamela Harris
  • The Biden administration
  • Rochelle Walensky
  • The CDC
  • The WHO
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Former governor Andrew Cuomo
  • Every other Democratic governor
  • Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Every other Democratic member of Congress except Joe Manchin
  • Every doctor, nurse, and health care professional who bought into the government’s Covid propaganda
  • Every governor, mayor, county commissioner, and city council member who decreed or voted to institute a curfew, lockdown, capacity limitation, unessential business closure, indoor dining ban, plexiglass shield mandate, mask mandate, or vaccine mandate
  • CNN, ABC, NPR, NBC, CBS, and every other news outlet promoting masks and the vaccine
  • Big tech companies that shut down dissent about masks and the vaccine
  • Every school administrator and official who mandated mask wearing, the vaccine, remote learning, limited social gatherings, and cancellation of sporting events
  • Churches that mandated mask wearing
  • Churches that banned hugging, handshaking, and singing
  • Churches that shifted back to online-only services because of concerns about the omicron variant
  • Family members who refused to be around other family members who were not vaccinated
  • Pediatricians who recommend the vaccine for children
  • Every business that required temperature checks for employees or patrons to enter
  • Every employer that mandated that its employees wear a mask to work
  • Every employer that mandated that its employees get the vaccine or else
  • Every employer that fired employees for refusing to get the vaccine
  • Every employer that refused to accept vaccine religious or medical exemptions
  • Every restaurant that refused entry to people without a mask
  • Every doctor’s office and hospital that required a Covid test before they would see someone
  • Conservative personalities who did the government’s bidding by pushing the vaccine
  • Government officials who told people to wear masks in their home
  • Donald “Warp Speed” Trump (who supports the vaccine [and the booster] and never ceases to take credit for its availability)


  • Everyone who voted for Joe Biden
  • Everyone who wears a mask in his car
  • Everyone who wears a mask while walking his dog
  • Everyone who wears a mask between bites of food
  • Everyone who wears a mask for protection against Covid but smokes cigarettes
  • Everyone who wears a mask while exercising
  • Everyone who wears a face shield
  • Everyone who wears two masks
  • Everyone who wears a mask and a face shield
  • Everyone who wears a mask when he doesn’t have to
  • Everyone who promoted social distancing
  • Everyone who said that the vaccine saved millions of lives
  • Everyone who pulled up their mask when someone got within six feet of them on a sidewalk or store aisle
  • Everyone who had a bad reaction to the first dose of the vaccine and then got a second dose
  • Pastors who still have their ridiculous Covid protocols up on their church website even though they no longer follow them
  • CDC libertarians who were for restrictions, masks, and the vaccine before they were against them
  • CDC libertarians who denounce vaccine mandates but never hesitate in the same breath to say how great and necessary the vaccine is
  • Parents who put a mask on their children when they don’t have to
  • Parents who took their children to get the vaccine
  • Conservatives and libertarians who publicly announce their vaccination status
  • Everyone who cancelled Christmas celebrations because of concerns about the omicron variant
  • The guy I saw on an airplane who wore two masks and a face shield

There is another class of people that don’t fit into any of the above categories that deserve our sympathy or our pity:

  • Restaurant wait staff, store clerks, and office workers who are forced by their employers to wear masks
  • Employees who reluctantly got the vaccine because they were afraid of losing their jobs
  • Everyone whom the government and the news media scared out of their wits about the dangers of Covid
  • Children whom their parents forced to get the vaccine
  • Children who were talked into getting vaccinated without their parents knowing about it
  • Every employee who got the vaccine only because he was told that if he did so he could take off his mask but now has to again wear a mask
  • Everyone who flies on a plane or takes public transportation and is forced to wear a mask by the Biden administration
  • Everyone in prison or a nursing home who was forced to take the vaccine
  • Everyone who lives in a blue city or state and is not able to move

The heroes, villains, and numbskulls of 2021 were the same heroes, villains, and numbskulls of 2020. Let’s hope they are not the same in 2022.

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