Don't tell me the issue is mental health. Save the nonsense about "good guys" with weapons somehow being the answer. The truth is this: There would have been no tragic shooting Wednesday in Parkland, Fla., if a troubled young man had not gotten his hands on a military-style assault rifle and as much ammunition as he wanted.
Well, of course the president who claimed bone spurs to dodge the Vietnam War wants the biggest, bestest military parade ever, with lots of tanks and rockets and flags — zillions of flags — and fighter jets screaming overhead. Why is anyone surprised? We should have seen it coming. And be careful, parade-watchers: As far as Dear Leader Trump is concerned, anyone who fails to cheer as the bands play and the troops march by will surely be guilty of treason.
Presidents don't win fights with the FBI. Donald Trump apparently wants to learn this lesson the hard way. Most presidents have had the sense not to bully the FBI by defaming its leaders and, ridiculously, painting its agents as leftist political hacks. Most members of Congress have also understood how unwise it would be to pull such stunts. But Trump and his hapless henchmen on Capitol Hill, led by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., have chosen the wrong enemy. History strongly suggests they will be sorry.
Wait, back up a minute. We just zoomed past a story that would have been a five-alarm scandal for any other presidential administration, with weeks of screaming front-page headlines: "The President and the Porn Star." The Wall Street Journal had the scoop on Jan. 12: "A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter."
If you want to know President Donald Trump's position on any given policy issue, the last person you should ask is President Trump. He has no idea what he thinks. Let me amend that. He does know that he wants more immigrants from places such as Norway and fewer from African nations, Haiti, and El Salvador, which he allegedly referred to using an expletive in a meeting with lawmakers Thursday, as the Post and others reported. So in terms of racism, he's crystal clear. On most other things, though, he's fuzzy to the point of cluelessness.
The White House is being used to stage some kind of dark, dystopian comedy in which all the humor is of the gallows variety. Somebody tell me how we survive another three years of this oppressive, exhausting show.
Grit your teeth. Persevere. Just one more day and this awful, rotten, no-good, ridiculous, rancorous, sordid, disgraceful year in the civic life of our nation will be over. Here's hoping that we all — particularly special counsel Robert Mueller — have a better 2018. Many of us began 2017 with the consoling thought that the Donald Trump presidency couldn't possibly be as bad as we feared. It turned out to be worse.
The presidency was never meant to be a profit center for a nepotistic, money-grubbing family. But that was before the Trumps moved in.
Who's afraid of Trumpism-Bannonism? The noxious stew of nativism, xenophobia, misogyny, manufactured grievance, and barely disguised white supremacy that put Donald Trump in the White House now appears less an all-conquering juggernaut than a paper tiger — one that Alabamians, bless their hearts, balled up and threw in the trash.
How long are we going to pretend that President Donald Trump is fully rational? How long are we going to ignore the signs that he is dangerously out of control?