Does anyone else miss the good old days, when hateful crackpots sent envelopes stuffed with baby powder to terrorize fellow Americans they deemed insufficiently patriotic?

The white dust was meant to mimic anthrax and scare recipients and a nation still reeling from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It worked. Today, the nation is still reeling from the election of President Donald Trump. Like all things Trump, the threat has to be bigger, grander and more over-the-top.

So some loser sends pipe bombs to news organizations, actors and former presidents and vice presidents and assorted other “enemies of the people.” This worked, too, even if the pipe bombs didn’t. It’s all anyone is talking about.

We don’t know who sent the pipe bombs, and therefore should not rush to assign blame. We should approach the issue with the same sober, fact-based approach of, for instance, Rush Limbaugh, who suggested the bomb scare was a hoax engineered by Democrats ahead of the midterm election.

“It’s happening in October,” Limbaugh said ominously. “There’s a reason for this.”

Never to be out-crazied, talk radio problem child Michael Savage cited “a high probability that the whole thing is set up as a false flag to gain sympathy for the Democrats… and to get our minds off the hordes of illegal aliens approaching our southern border.”

Thank God for President Trump, who stepped up and tweeted  just the right (wing) thing:

“A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”

I’ll get right to work on that, Mr. President.