Pat Powers eagerly reprints Sheldon Osborn’s political commentary from Drinking Liberally when Democrat Osborn criticizes the South Dakota Democratic Party. But when Pat starts his own pathetic revisionist crawl toward Trumpism over the pebbles of policy in Trump’s RNC speech, he whispers nary a word about the obvious phallic pillar of Trump’s entire convention performance that Osborn sees quite clearly:
I watched Donald Trump’s acceptance speech last night, all one hour and 28 minutes of it, and I can only describe it as a very scary speech. Tic-toc….. ” I will protect you from ‘them’ “……Tic-toc…..”I will make you safe” .….. Tic-toc…. “I will make you strong “….. Tic-toc….. I will make America great again”…… “Trust me because I am strong…I will be strong for you.”
It all seemed too familiar but unable to put my finger on it I turned to my trusty Merriam-Webster:
Definition of fascism
- often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
- a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control…
[Sheldon Osborn, Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter Blog, 2016.07.22]
Like Powers, Huron delegate David Wheeler offers nervous revisionism, calling Trump’s speech “great” and “presidential”. But Osborn rightly observes that Trump’s xenophobic pounding on law and order and his declaration that “I alone can fix it” shout fascism (führerism, I called it yesterday) more clearly than anything.