How did we get here?

Cecil Whig - - OPINION - FROM: CAROL VOYLES SHER­WOOD

Are we se­ri­ous? We might ask our­selves how any re­spon­si­ble person, pos­si­bly in­clud­ing David Harsanyi, could claim our Sec­ond Amend­ment rights would be threat­ened by not sell­ing guns to sus­pected ter­ror­ists. Our Sec­ond Amend­ment de­mands a “well­reg­u­lated” mili­tia, and the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans want sen­si­ble reg­u­la­tion. Even if we don’t in­ter­pret it that way, we do know that ev­ery right comes with re­stric­tions.

All things con­sid­ered, though, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that a can­di­date de­scribed in the Wall Street Jour­nal as hav­ing a “lim­ited at­ten­tion span” and known for giv­ing “hair­cuts to his cred­i­tors” is our likely Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

It has been sug­gested that Repub­li­cans may be at a loss to deal with Trump be­cause he is sim­ply do­ing what they do — only bet­ter. Of course politi­cians will pre­sent them­selves fa­vor­ably; but we are find­ing that Repub­li­cans have been more than will­ing to mis­lead us — and Trump has dou­bled down.

A well-doc­u­mented as­sess­ment of politi­cians’ state­ments by Poli­tiFact and the Cen­ter for Me­dia and Pub­lic Af­fairs at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity found 11 per­cent of Democrats’ state­ments false; but 32 per­cent of Repub­li­cans’ state­ments and 69 per­cent of Trump’s state­ments were found to be ei­ther “false” or “pants on fire.”

Even Fox News has called Trump out. Chris Wal­lace didn’t agree with his claims that Hil­lary wants open bor­ders, wants to spend hun­dreds of bil­lions on refugees, and was asleep dur­ing Beng­hazi.

Newt Gin­grich made a fee­ble at­tempt to de­fend the state­ments, but Ge­orge Will no longer calls him­self a Repub­li­can. Trump’s at­tack upon a judge based upon eth­nic­ity and Paul Ryan’s en­dorse­ment of Trump have caused him him to leave the Repub­li­can party.

We might hope the pen­du­lum is swing­ing to­ward fact and rea­son­able dis­course, if any­one is at all sorry to hear of his de­par­ture.

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