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Hunter Thompson on Nixon and Bush

Hunter Thompson was long a favorite of mine, particularly his Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. Although my favorable impressions waned over the years, his writing remains unique.

Hunter was no fan of Richard Nixon. So the fact this excerpt from his Fear and Loothing, Campaign 2004 in the latest Rolling Stone is probably true is frightening:

Richard Nixon looks like a flaming liberal today, compared to a golem like George Bush. Indeed. Where is Richard Nixon now that we finally need him?

If Nixon were running for president today, he would be seen as a “liberal” candidate, and he would probably win. He was a crook and a bungler, but what the hell? Nixon was a barrel of laughs compared to this gang of thugs from the Halliburton petroleum organization who are running the White House today — and who will be running it this time next year, if we (the once-proud, once-loved and widely respected “American people”) don’t rise up like wounded warriors and whack those lying petroleum pimps out of the White House on November 2nd.

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3 comments to Hunter Thompson on Nixon and Bush

  • HL

    Read Orcinus http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/

    Tease: from Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, published in 1935,

    “Why, there’s no country in the world that can get more hysterical — yes, or more obsequious! — than America…Remember the Kuklux Klan? Remember our war hysteria, when we called sauerkraut ‘Liberty cabbage’…Why, where in all history has there ever been a people so ripe for a dictatorship as ours! We’re ready to start on a Children’s Crusade — only of adults — right now, and the Right Reverend Abbots Windrip and Prang are all ready to lead it!”

  • HL

    Read Orcinus http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/

    Tease: from Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, published in 1935,

    “Why, there’s no country in the world that can get more hysterical — yes, or more obsequious! — than America…Remember the Kuklux Klan? Remember our war hysteria, when we called sauerkraut ‘Liberty cabbage’…Why, where in all history has there ever been a people so ripe for a dictatorship as ours! We’re ready to start on a Children’s Crusade — only of adults — right now, and the Right Reverend Abbots Windrip and Prang are all ready to lead it!”

  • HL

    Read Orcinus http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/

    Tease: from Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, published in 1935,

    “Why, there’s no country in the world that can get more hysterical — yes, or more obsequious! — than America…Remember the Kuklux Klan? Remember our war hysteria, when we called sauerkraut ‘Liberty cabbage’…Why, where in all history has there ever been a people so ripe for a dictatorship as ours! We’re ready to start on a Children’s Crusade — only of adults — right now, and the Right Reverend Abbots Windrip and Prang are all ready to lead it!”