I don't think that I need to do anything to prove, shall we say, my interest in history.
Still, it's never even occured to me that I might express this by, say, dressing up in a Nazi uniform and giving a Hitler salute or, say, 'reenacting' not simply a Wehrmacht unit but specifically an SS one.
Of course I'm not a Tory/Republican politician, for whom such things seem pretty excusable these days. ("It was fancy dress and a piece of fun."/It's purely historical interest in World War II.")
(Promotional video from "5th SS Wiking Reenactment Unit", to which Republican candidate Rich Iott belonged)
Am I missing something? Is my interest in history, ultimately, only superficial?
(At least the former can claim he's merely following the example of his royal family...)