The Octogenarians

The republican convention clattered to a close last night with the coronation of the Trump…eter in chief.I was prepared for the dog whistles and the red meat oratory, but I was surprised by the strong invocation of the feelings I  had as a child watching( from the old President Theater, which was famous for Molly Picon movies) RKO Pathe films of  Der Fuhrer and Benito Mussolini gesticulating while shouting a language which I couldn’t understand, but the emotional waves of which came through.Alexithymia is not my problem,oh skilled psychological observer,but I am not armored enough not to be afraid or obtuse enough to deny it.The “Family” was put away and the grandiose, swaggering” I’ll take care of it” demagogue came out.Apparently he doesn’t need Congress, he doesn’t need a Judiciary,he doesn’t need local government,he doesn’t need NATO . America (first) doesn’t need allies and globalization is the enemy of America…

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