As surely as the swallows return to Capistrano and the Obamas return to the five-star environs of Martha's Vineyard, rioters have returned to Ferguson to block highways, set things on fire, loot businesses, and shoot at police officers in loving memory of Michael "Gentle Giant when he's not violently assaulting someone" Brown.
Not that there haven't also been peaceful protesters, exercising their Constitutional right to be wrong about the whole "hands up, don't shoot" myth.
What puzzles Hope n' Change is why there is still so much anger and animosity considering that Obama's DOJ not only completely (albeit reluctantly) exonerated the officer involved in the shooting, but also assumed supervisory oversight of the Ferguson police department and required them to make across the board reforms.
Does this mean that the protesters are now blaming Obama for alleged police racism, or are they simply saying that his DOJ is no better at protecting people from toxic law enforcement than his EPA is at protecting rivers from toxic spills? And if Obama is their problem, why are they marching in the street where Brown was shot instead of on the greens where the president is golfing?
Let's be very clear about something: Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives, of every color, matter. But after nearly 7 years of inflammatory rhetoric from a deliberately devisive black president, that simple statement is now tantamount to hate speech.
Which is why we can't help but sigh deeply while looking at the violence in Ferguson and hope that someday, somehow, we'll again see a time when #SanityMatters.
BONUS: SURPRISE PARTY
No, Donald Trump hasn't made any such vow yet. But if he did, you just know it would be because he's already figured out a loophole.
BONUS #2: NICE DAY FOR A DRIVE