Defeat your enemies with success
Have you seen the insurance company commercials showing crazy mishaps with drivers and their autos? Like the one where a couple is parked on a beach and a wave breaks over them, pouring seawater into the open sunroof? Yes, they were covered.
As an NRA firearms instructor, I have collected a few stories of bizarre incidents, but instead of cars they concern guns. There’s one tale about a lawman who, upon returning home from work, withdrew his semi-automatic pistol from the holster and hung it on a peg in the laundry room.
The gun was heavy and gravity pulled the trigger down hard against the peg. Bang! The gun discharged, but it was still on the peg and the recoil action caused it to fire again, and again, completely emptying the magazine of ammo in less than two seconds.
There were bullet holes in the floor, up the side wall and across the ceiling, the lead piercings tracing a neat arc. The acrid odor of gunpowder filled the small room. The lawman could hear only bells.
This account, theoretically possible but improbable, came to mind as an allegoric representation of President Donald Trump’s governing style. Truly, he can be a gun firing out of control, spraying bullets in all directions. Because there are enemies everywhere, his guns are rarely holstered.
Bam! Bam! He’s not just shooting holes in the ceiling; there have been many casualties. The barrage is almost constant, so it may appear he’s firing indiscriminately, but he does take aim and he has called out targets.
There’s a wall to build. Democratic obstructionists better take cover. Republicans who won’t fund it will be dodging lead as they try to wrangle an extension for the debt ceiling. Bam! We’re building that wall even if we have to close down the government.
The sights take aim at the “fake news” media, infested with truly bad people. Their litany of lies must be called out and shot down one at a time. The Washington Post, New York Times and CNN: all so bad and so pathetic.
Pivot with guns blazing. Suddenly Republicans find themselves in the line of fire: Sen. John McCain for his “nay” vote that thwarted the so-called repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and Trump critic Sen. Jeff Flake.
Senior leadership is not spared: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been riddled because of their failure to deliver legislation on health care reform.
Another pivot and staff is diving for cover, with inner circle, intelligence agencies and cabinet heads all marked as fair game. Fair trade, foreign statesmen and even allies are not safe from the president’s fusillade.
Trump, seeing threats in all directions, is proving to trust no one. His only hope is that those who put him in office are still with him. But they cannot help him deliver on populist promises; only an increasingly gun-shy Congress can.
Sooner or later he will come to understand just how lonely a gunslinger’s life can be.
Columnist Michael Raymond can be reached at email@example.com.