Watching the daily attacks and counterattacks in Washington, the optimist in me searches for the bright side. Surely there will be resolutions soon on Ukraine and impeachment, as well as on the misconduct of the FBI and CIA during the 2016 election. All that will happen any day now, my sunny side assures me. One fine morning we’ll wake up to learn President Trump and his tormentors are calling a cease-fire because they realize the dizzying tit-for-tat escalation is too hot for America’s good. Then we can all breathe a sigh of relief and get back to politics as normal, with Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives engaged in a tug of war that is serious but not destructive. The impact on the 2020 election will be immediate as the candidates pivot to the traditionally decisive issues of taxes and spending, war and peace. Alas, the pessimist in me knows better. When it comes to human nature, never assume the best. That part of me embraces the definition of a cynic as a “premature realist.” It senses something fundamental is changing before our eyes, that the bonds that allowed political and cultural combatants to fight hard but with respect for boundaries have snapped. We are now floating free of rules and restraint. Anything goes and there is no end in sight. The blame game is part of any standoff and this one is no exception. Half the country blames Trump for our national discord, and they are partially right, though not for the reasons they believe. (Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ... We are now floating free of rules and restraint. Anything goes and there is no end in sight. *********** Just wait until the next economic recession arrives. We ain’t seen nothing yet....but let's hope it is 2 years or more away!