When I was a kid, successive presidents told us we had to fight in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, because if we didn't fight them over there, we'd have to fight them on the beaches of California. We believed. It was a lie.
It's been a pretty momentous week in the history of American politics, folks. The Republican Party is going to nominate Donald Trump to run for the highest office in the land. Politics and entertainment are now one.
Donald Trump is many things, highly improvisational and hence all over the political landscape in his stated views. But the core of his appeal is a ridiculous fear of the one America replacing another: his slogan "Make America Great Again" means discard the new and restore the old.
We've already seen a number of true heroes emerge in the aftermath of this hurricane. But lucky for us, one man has come bursting out of the rubble of the storm like some feather-haired phoenix, ready to spread bile and ill-will via his Twitter account.
I didn't think New York's contribution to the Republican primaries could get any more embarrassing. But it did. Hasn't the GOP noticed that Trump is popular because he's strange and unpredictable, not because he has an interesting vision of the nation's future?