More than forty years on, Krazy questions regarding the formation of Ronald Reagan’s character, particularly in relation to sadistic social policies and imperial ambitions, remain unanswered. A close reading of Reagan’s smarmy autobiography, Where’s the Rest of Me, published in 1965 yields numerous lurid details suggesting sports violence experienced in childhood may have shaped his sociopathic tendencies. In a particularly striking passage in his memoir, Reagan remembers sitting on an elderly Auntie’s creepy horsehair sofa surrounded by an eerie and sour scented collection of moldy books, desiccated flowers and stuffed birds. Then Reagan wrote “the morbid spell cast by my dream world of relics, stuffed animals and books was smashed in the teeth” by what the late President characterized as “the rough reality of football.” A highly peculiar-sounding explication follows i.e. “Out in the fields I disliked beating snakes to death because they seemed to suffer but I got a wild exhilaration out of jumping feet first into a football pile-up.” Next, Reagan celebrates mayhem and lawlessness meted out in equal parts to friend and foe. “There was no field; no lines, no goal,” exults Reagan in his memoir, “simply grass, the ball and a mob of excited youngsters. We chose up sides, backed off to the limits of the field and one of us kicked off. Then screaming and waving our arms, we descended on the unlucky kid who caught the football.” When Reagan confides he “worshipped the wild charge downfield and the final melee,” he adopts apocalyptic language suggesting that this future Amerikan President used sports to incubate an aggressive religiosity that still embodies the neo conservative world-view in the second decade of the twenty-first century.
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