Writing from Chaos Manor:
Hitler and Mussolini used to disrupt their political’ opponents’
meetings and speeches, Hitler’s gangs with truncheons, Mussolini’s with
castor oil which they forcibly fed to opposition leaders. These tactics
had been honed by the Reds before the Revolution, and were exported for
use by the Communists in various parts of Europe. To the best of my
knowledge there have been no such operations by Trump’s followers, but
apparently there are increasing numbers of protests at his meetings.
While there have always been some roughhousing and scuffles in American
politics, raiding each other’s gatherings has not been traditional, with
some exceptions. More usual is getting yourself thrown out of someone
else’s meetings, thus getting the publicity rather than the speaker. I
expect to see a lot of that in the next few weeks, and a great deal more
after the conventions.
So far no Castor Oil, and I expect Trump and his followers are too smart
to retaliate in kind; but we’ll see. Interesting times indeed. And as
you say, they are protesting what he is fighting. I saw a number of
“Veterans for Trump” looking rather disgruntled but doing nothing. The
US Army, led by West Pointers, is not the Wehrmacht of the Thirties, nor
is the American Legion anything like the Stahlhut. But there are
veterans of the Iraqi wars not all that much older than the protesters,
and it is rather unwise to taunt them beyond the limits of patience.
Eventually that is going to happen and the result will not be pretty.
Today’s veterans are all veterans of a volunteer army; very few squishes