This is So Wrong
Our Constitution and our country is more important than any one person. I voted to convict President Trump because he is guilty. pic.twitter.com/ute0xPc4BH
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) February 13, 2021
This is a United States Senator. These people are supposed to know better.
It should be:
Our Constitution and our country are more important than any one person.
"Constitution" and "country" = two nouns; therefore, this takes a plural verb. This is elementary school grammar. Unforgivable! I cannot even read this without cringing every time I see it.
But wait, you might be thinking. This is a common error that anyone might make, and this kind of stuff happens all the time. It does't mean he's an idiot! Focusing on that to justify demeaning him is petty and ridiculous.
Well, there was a time I would have agreed with you on that. But I have been shown recently the error of my ways, and now I know that is Wrong. Whether it is forgivable is not that simple; the answer depends on specific parameters. If a person has an opinion you disagree with, then it is totally cool to use whatever you can against them, even petty stuff like this mistake.
1. He thinks Trump is guilty and should have been convicted.
2. He made a grammar mistake.
Do we really need to say more? I think that speaks for itself. Sure, the grammar mistake would be no big deal on its own. But combined with thinking Trump is guilty? No, that changes everything. Wrong think is to be destroyed, any way we can.
Finally, something we can all agree on? I think so.
[Disclaimer: Any and all typos, spelling errors, usage mistakes, and lazy use of punctuation are the responsibility of my proofreader, who is on an extended vacation. Please reserve any observations along those lines to be forwarded upon *their return.
*Note: It is the editorial policy of this publishing entity to use they and them as singular gender-neutral pronouns when the gender of an individual is unknown or not to be identified.]