Donald Trump, the blowhard mogul masquerading as presidential candidate, has once again discovered the problem with trying to be a demagogue in a democracy: It's the risk of "going too far."
Has the pernicious fiction that there was something honorable about the Confederate rebellion — treason in the defense of slavery, as one observer so trenchantly put it recently — finally been irredeemably shredded?
It's getting to be difficult to recall a week when, thanks to public exposure of videos, or tweets, text messages or emails, we've not seen another shocking example of police mistreatment of black or Hispanic citizens under questionable circumstances.
America's present-day "racial divide," has never been more strikingly displayed than in the refusal of much of the mainstream and conservative media to describe the May 17 biker riot in Waco, Texas, as a riot.
Without the video, North Charleston, South Carolina, police Officer Michael T. Slager would likely have gotten away with murder.
Pity the poor, put-upon anti-gay bigots.
This winter the media's been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults.
One of the many questions provoked by the “open letter” 47 Republican senators published last week to try to wreck the multinational effort led by the Obama administration to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons is this: Do they understand their obligation to the rule of law?
Is Raymond Wilford, a 26-year-old black Seattle resident, not dead or seriously injured only because the white mall security officer who maced and then arrested him didn't have a gun?
Among the formal definitions for "acting the fool" are: one who is deficient in judgment, sense or understanding. Perhaps the dictionaries should add a new one: today's Republican Party.