WASHINGTON — Here is a question at the crossroads of psychology and political philosophy: How can a leader so enamored by authoritarianism be so allergic to order?
There were a couple of remarkable moments Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and later in Sunrise, Fla., a few miles from where 17 people were slaughtered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. The first was a televised meeting between President Donald Trump and survivors and relatives of children killed in school shootings. The second was a CNN-hosted town hall that brought together survivors of the most recent massacre, other local residents, elected officials and a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association. There were frank discussions in both gatherings. They made for good cathartic theater.
When it comes to guns, it often appears as though liberals and conservatives are speaking different languages. Liberals express their horror at each new mass shooting and demand government action, while conservatives call for “thoughts and prayers” and insist on respect for the Second Amendment.
WASHINGTON — Let us hear no more lectures from Clarence Thomas on the sanctity of human life.
Despite the Trump administration’s best efforts to undermine Obamacare, it is not collapsing, as the president often claims. The state exchanges where insurers sell policies to Americans who don’t get health benefits at work are stabilizing, and enrollment remained about the same last year even after administration actions drove up premiums, slashed marketing efforts and shortened the sign-up period.