Well, that may have held for a long time, uncertainty being the hallmark of human behaviors, and all, but these days there seem to be permanent additions to the list of inevitables.
Trump will head to Mar-a-Lago like a UTI patient heads to a toilet. Indeed he just returned from there and has already announced he shall be heading back again this coming weekend. Taxpayer costs be damned.
Airline passengers will be subject to arbitrary exclusions like leggings, deadheading flight crews, frightening other passengers by *gasp* wearing a headdress or speaking in a brown language. Quite frankly, I am far more frightened by someone in a red MAGA headdress than a hijab, turban, or taqiyah.
And, we will continue to take our deep sighs as more gun deaths fill our news feeds.
Today, while the world was directing its indignation (rightfully so) at United Airlines "passenger re-accommodation system", another story was bleeding, quite literally, into the headlines.
At an elementary school in San Bernadino, California, a man entered, found his estranged wife in her special needs classroom, and began firing.
Cedric Anderson, 53, managed to kill his wife, Karen Smith, also 53, as well as an 8 year old boy standing behind her. He also hit a 9 year old standing behind Karen, before turning the gun on himself. (I will never understand why these cowards cannot just eat their precious gun and leave innocents out of their misery.)
The 8 year old boy, whose only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time, died at the hospital. Tonight, instead of eating dinner, watching cartoons, playing Nintendo, doing homework - Jonathan Martinez lies dead in a hospital morgue, his family devastated. Their world now devoid of cartoon colors, only gray remaining. Their food will forever taste like ashes.
Because some cowardly fuck with a criminal history of domestic violence, drug, and weapons charges, had access to a gun.
Cue the impotent tweets of "thoughts and prayers" from our politicians. The same politicians who could effect meaningful change, won't. We know that. If Sandy Hook taught us nothing but this, it's that our politicians care more about keeping the NRA and gun manufacturers happy than they do about keeping even its youngest constituents safe.
I mean, what's some dead children here and there, after all, right? We have to protect and nurture that seriously bastardized 2nd amendment at all costs. And apparently it needs regularly fed the blood of innocent bystanders in order to thrive.
And before anyone begins masturbating their barrel and screaming about arming schools - this crime was over and done before anyone knew it was happening. The only thing that could have tipped this off is perhaps a metal detector between two sets of self locking doors that engage when something is actually detected.
Cowards use the element of surprise. Period. They do not send a Tweet, status update, or balloon bouquet ahead indicating what they are about to do. Where's the fun and body count in that?
I do not have any perfect answer, any more than does anyone else. I am not a gun grabber, and I perfectly understand the original intent of the 2nd amendment <---AMENDMENT, meaning it was not in the original Constitution or Bill of Rights. If anything, I would love to see an uprising of gun owners who take the responsibility and ownership of weapons seriously - I would love to hear them begin to craft reasonable, actionable proposals that may just help everyone. You're out there. LOTS OF YOU.
In the absence of that?
Metal detectors? Yes, sadly, at the very least, these could provide a layer of security at schools, businesses. Stringent background checks? Of course. That one is common sense, and frankly, if you have nothing to hide you should not have anything to bitch about when your background check takes a while. Of course, in a country with well over 300,000,000 guns in circulation, circumventing a background check is pretty damned easy.
Death, taxes, airline inequities, Mar-a-Lago on lather, rinse, repeat, and bullet riddled bodies.
In a country where we have had over 16,000 gun violence incidents and over 4,000 deaths in 2017 - that last one is surely making old Ben Franklin expand his list of two and spin in his grave.
We the people own this because we the people allow it. A more perfect union? Hardly. Just another day for you and me in scare-adice.
Rest in peace, Jonathan and Karen.