Divided You Win

I don’t watch the “Sunday shows,” but did find this opening comment from Donald Trump on This Week to represent not just his illogic but that of most Republicans:

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, he’s a great divider and, you know, you have a big issue between the Second Amendment folks and the non-Second Amendment folks. And he is a non-Second Amendment person.

So apparently, this means the “Second Amendment folks” get to have their way on every single occasion, for all eternity. The whole world could be plunged into fiery chaos, and you’d still find this small group of Americans buying up every gun in sight, and implicitly threatening the rest of us that they’ll use their firepower on us if we dare suggest that ten or twenty or thirty military assault weapons are enough for them. “Gun rights” have become a secular religion with its own oaths and litanies and most of all anathemas, and when politically aligned with the corporate Cult of the Golden Calf, one despairs of curbing its power.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.