.................with apologies to Alistair Cook

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

★ A Fantastic Monument

Hunter S. Thompson, September 1972:

"The pools also indicate that Nixon will get a comfortable majority
of the Youth Vote. And that he might carry all fifty states.

Well… maybe so. This may be the year when we finally come face to
face with ourselves: finally just lay back and say it — that we
are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all
the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing
anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his
mistakes and all his imprecise talk about ‘new politics’ and
‘honesty in government’, is one of the few men who’ve run for
President of the United States in this century who really
understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of
the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept
it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon.

McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem
almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every
day of his life, on purpose, as a matter of policy and a perfect
expression of everything he stands for.

Jesus! Where will it end?"

It ends here, today.

I love this country.

(Via Daring Fireball.)