Seasoned Internet users understand that, on occasion, you will see a video that leaves you mouth agape, brow furrowed, asking yourself, “What the hell did I just watch?”
That is exactly the case with the latest shenanigans from a Trump rally in none other than Pensacola, Florida. It felt like Trump’s PR team stole one of the awkward song and dance scenes from Napoleon Dynamite and had Joseph Goebbels do a quick rewrite adding a decidedly jingoistic American slant.
Yeah, I know, but Trump’s entire existence in this election broke Godwin’s Law before anyone was even able to call, “First Post.” There are already several comparisons being made between the “Freedom Kids” little performance there and the Hitler Youth.
Are these comparisons valid?
We can listen to the not-quite-original melody of the song itself to gain some not-quite-subtle clues. The original tune was written by George M. Cohan in 1917, shortly after the U.S. had entered World War I. The nearly 100-year-old original lyrics comprised a fight song used to cheer on American soldiers engaging in foreign combat.
Of course, as with anything Trump-associated, the lyrics were updated to focus on the narcissistic presidential contender himself, with a brief nod to the “men” who would do the actual fighting. Because, obviously, there are no female soldiers. Duh!
Enemies of freedom
Face the music
Come on, boys—take ‘em down!
‘Cause the Donald Trump knows how
To make America great
Deal from strength or get crushed every time. . .
Of course, anyone with a smattering of topical knowledge knows who the “enemies of freedom” are. It couldn’t be less obvious, or else it would confuse Trump’s supporters. One shouldn’t delve too deep into subtext with those people (yes, THOSE people).
However, it seems as though middle-school pageant show skits are prime for enticing the crowd’s bloodlust and selling them on the idea that Donald will be a killer president, literally. As unsettling as the performance was, Trump’s millions of supporters gunning to start World War III has exceedingly dire implications. Their fear of “the terrorists” has them wanting to send modern “doughboys” to die in the sand. They will not listen to dissent nor reason.
The original version of “Over There” was written at a time when those who spoke out against the war in almost any way were subject to incarceration under the Espionage Act of 1917.
Given the quality of the “speech” provided by Trump and his ilk, peppered with fascist propaganda, can we REALLY risk returning to an era where basic rights were trampled on with such reckless and ignorant abandon?
Watch the “Friendly Fascism” By Trump’s “Freedom Kids” Here:
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