I never thought I would hear that phrase uttered anywhere besides a poorly translated ISIL video. Or maybe a D-list slasher film. And yet that is the way Donald J. Trump, our 45th President chose to describe this great country of ours. If there is "carnage" anywhere in American society, it might be used to describe our murder rate. It might be applied to the soaring rate of deaths from opioid overdoses. It might (at a stretch) be applied to the alarming jump in traffic fatalities linked to testing-while-driving. But for most of us, "carnage" is simply not the adjective that describes our daily existence. I look at the city where I live. I see the lawns, the parked cars. The strip malls and coffee shops. I see the gleaming office towers, the spotless, well-stocked supermarkets. I see the freeways packed with people going about their business. I see yellow school buses picking up kids. I see families of every description eating in restaurants and watching TV together. But I don't see "carnage" That's not say there aren't problems in our country and our society. I do see too many vacant commercial buildings. I do see potholed and cracked roads. I do see inner city neighborhoods beset by crime and poverty. Plagued by drugs and gangs. But whatever shortcomings we have in America today, whatever failings we have in opportunity, and infrastructure. They won't be solved by Donald Trump's lies and boasting. And they certainly won't be solved by a Republican Congress giving millionaires and billionaires another massive tax cut. They won't be solved by Trump and the Republicans stripping health insurance away from twenty or thirty million of our most vulnerable citizens. If there is to be "carnage" in America, it is going to be the financial kind. When we wake up one morning and find that half or more of our 401(k) account has been wiped out. That our Government really can't raise the money to pay the interest on the extra $10 trillion in debt the Republicans just promised they are going to run up.