Jonah Goldberg makes some assertions in his commentary, "The center does not hold" (Aug. 20), that bear further scrutiny.
Specifically, Mr. Goldberg says that President Donald Trump doesn't want to touch entitlements, nor do most Americans. The trouble is that there is a disconnect between what President Trump wants and what he does. So he will probably work to reduce entitlements even though he says he doesn't want to touch them.
There's a pattern. After the school shootings in Florida and Maryland, I heard the president say on TV that just because the National Rifle Association doesn't want any reduction in the availability of firearms doesn't mean it can't happen. He asserted that he's the president and he would work to protect our school children. Then, a week later, after talking with some officials of the NRA, he went entirely silent on the issue of reducing the availability of firearms.
My point here is that what Mr. Trump wants, or what he believes, is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is what he does. And what he does is whatever his funding groups, the NRA, the billionaires, and the people who want to turn their religious beliefs into the the law of the land want him to do.
So he ends up fiercely defending the Second Amendment while constantly undermining the First Amendment.