In 2018, President Trump ended the long Cold War in Korea. By the end of the year the regimes in the North and the South began plans on a transportation system between the two countries. Sure, North Korea has to make reasonable people nervous. But if continuing isolation and antagonism make you less nervous. . . .

Then, at the end of the year, the president announced immediate plans to pull out of a war that Congress had never authorized. Though Democrats had complained, the year before, about Trump’s unauthorized bombing in Syria, they let out a hue and cry against the pull-out.

When ultra-leftists Mia Farrow and Noam Chomsky then insisted upon American imperial boots on the ground in the mid-East, we witnessed Trump Derangement Syndrome rise to a new level of comedy.

Sure, the Democrats look increasingly like lunatics. But what about Republicans?

Despite majorities in both houses of Congress, elected GOP pols increased deficit spending and couldn’t be bothered to work a deal to fulfil the president’s promised border wall. What do they look like? Feckless. At best.

In the big story of the year, they didn’t look so bad. In the battle to send Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they stood by a candidate they said was a good “conservative.” And the Democrats sure looked worse, having abandoned all sense of decency over rules of evidence in pushing an unsubstantiated (and apparently unsubstantiatable) sexual misconduct allegation against the man. 

But how did they look when Kavanaugh sided with the alleged minority on the court to not review a case regarding states de-authorizing Planned Parenthood subsidies? Could they have Soutered us again?

The take-away for the year is the same as all years: we cannot trust politicians of either major party.