For better or worse, the Republican Party has placed its bet on Donald Trump, and the fate of the party is inextricably linked with his.
Every time something like this happens, gun control advocates trot out the same hysterical arguments, the same debunked statistics, the same untenable simplistic solutions, and then, after refusing to defend their indefensible arguments or to seek a compromise, they have the gall to be shocked when they fail to get support.
Abandoning all pretense of holding political ideals of freedom and equality, Trump's supporters have dragged American politics down into the ideological sinkhole of Trump's "say anything about anyone" populist nationalist politics.
If only Venezuela were freed of the dogmatic delusions of their Marxist leadership, the solution to the economic crisis would be obvious, though not painless.
There is no arguing that the drop on Friday was anything other than a rout, and it remains to be seen if the weekend will be long enough to cool the white hot fears of inflation that drove the market stampede in the first place.