With all the interpretations of the election spewing out in today’s media, this old guy’s fading memories go back many decades for another one. Could the upcoming Trump presidency be compared with the classic Marx Brothers 1930s slapstick comedy, Duck Soup?
In one musical number, Groucho, as Fredonia President Rufus T. Firefly, imperiously lectures his citizens. If you’re a disappointed Democrat, you could find the sneering lyrics eerily Trumpish:
If any form of pleasure is exhibited, report to me and it will be prohibited! I’ll put my foot down, so shall it be… this is the land of the free! The last man nearly ruined this place, he didn’t know what to do with it. If you think this country’s bad off now, just wait till I get through with it!
The country’s taxes must be fixed, and I know what to do with it. If you think you’re paying too much now, just wait till I get through with it!