I got some of the same sense that you did from what was written. We aren’t children and the president isn’t our father or husband. Why are we treating him as such? We don’t have the kind of personal relationships with our politicians that can compare to the one on one abuse that a loved one who is actively involved in our daily lives is capable of. Aren’t we feeding the mythology that our leaders are supposed to be benevolent despots by extrapolating our relationships as being more personal than they really are? Our leaders aren’t supposed to be despots at all and the 3 branches of government exist to prevent that from happening. The President of the United States does not have the power that we think he does.
There seems to be a lot of speculation about the fascist things we believe Trump will do. So far what he has done has been Reagan-esque and Republican and not that big a surprise at all. We have to remember that there are many people who benefit from keeping the state of panic high because it contributes to the attention that they get and therefore the money that they make. The internet makes it possible for anyone from anywhere to share their opinion, but the overwhelming volume of opinion makes it much more difficult to tease out the facts. Critical thinking and research are now much more important than ever.