The only rational path to solving America's Rustbelt isn't going to be punishing the rest of the world for not adopting the same bad policies that have put millions of American workers, largely minorities, out of the workforce for generations and seriously damaged our ability to compete in an increasingly global economy.
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.
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.
No matter how tugged our heart strings may be, a bad policy doesn't become a good policy and a deficit doesn't become a surplus.
The vile sickness that infests our national government isn't new, it's just common to both major parties now.
Skepticism, not trust, of our political class is the American tradition, and those who demand political fealty to their political leader betray that tradition.