Dr. Hunter S. Thompson was indeed a strange fellow. He spent many years as the Commissar of Prescription Drugs, Mixed Drinks, and Libelous Statements, until he developed a headache that he could only cure with one of his many People's Morale Enforcers. He was Progressive before Progressive was cool. Sadly, he was a devout Constitutionalist, and this may very well prevent his Party Canonization. Furthermore, though he was a proven supporter of the Democratic Party before it came out of the closet, he pointed out flaws in Democrats ALMOST as often as Republicans.
He loved cold Wild Turkey and he hated Nixon with a passion. Had his headache not developed during the Bush years, I'd imagine he would have had a bit more to say about Hitler-incarnate.
Anyway, in his book Better Than Sex- Confessions of a Political Junkie, Comrade Raoul Duke takes a very interesting look at the effort to defeat Bush the First and bring Slick Willy to power. I do agree with Theo that Willy may have provided a basis for Zaphod, but I also believe a little bit of Comrade Adams' statement concerning Zaphod- that the purpose of the President of the Universe is not to wield power, but rather to draw attention away from it. Apply that to whichever modern Presidents you like.
Right. So. Went off on a tangent. After numerous plays by Thompson to influence the media (Ed Turner of CNN, Rolling Stone, etc.) and providing interesting advice to Carville and Stephanopolis, he had this to say this after the election he worked so hard to help achieve:
The Brilliant Dr. GonzoIn the months that followed I went crazy with grief and fell into a kind of spastic communication with the White House. Life lost all its meaning and I fell into brooding solitude. How had it happened? I wondered. And why to a fine man like me? All I did was vote against George Bush, because he was wrong.
And then I remembered that ancient story about The Old Woman and the Snake. It remains my clearest memory of the first time I sat down to lunch with Bill Clinton. I mentioned it at the beginning of the book, and it bears repeating now:
An old woman was walking down the road when she saw a gang of thugs beating a poisonous snake. She rescued the snake and carried it back to her home, where she nursed it back to health. They became friends and lived together for many months. One day they were going into town, and the old woman picked the snake up, and it bit her. Repeatedly. "Oh, God,' she screamed. "I am dying! Why? I was your friend. I saved your life! I trusted you! Why did you bite me?" The snake looked up at her and said, "Lady, you knew I was a snake when you first picked me up."
Sounds like the MSM/Masses regarding The One. They've known what he was from the start. Liberals, when presented with transcripts of some of his more radical speeches, particularly from his earlier days about the flaws in the Constitution and such, explain him away saying "he comes from a poor constituency and has to talk about redistribution to get elected by his poor constituents. And besides, they all start out radical and then end up governing toward the center." Conservatives know just what the hell they have and didn't want to touch the snake. Liberals are willing to care for the oft-maligned snake, whether out of a sense of history and to prove that their cock still can get up in the morning and crow (as in the case of the MSM) or out of the sense of Equal Opportunity/voting with wallet/desire to FEEL good. They know deep down he's a snake, but he's a snake with a cult of personality and the weapon of unity and an aggressive propaganda machine.
I'm out of the states atm so I can only HOPE that even the more center leaning liberals can see that the spendulus was more than even they had bargained for and that The One was more than what they bargained for. Comrades, please tell me that people in the USA are looking down and realizing that they're holding a snake in their arms! Is ANYONE (besides Cubists and Glenn Beck) starting to look around and wonder just what the hell is happening?!
Or will they just continue to pet the snake and be surprised when they get bit?
Like Margaret's poll asked, what are they going to do when they notice the feet of clay on Ozymandias?
The snake isn't a pit viper, it's a python and as it squezes us to
Had his headache not developed during the Bush years, I'd imagine he would have had a bit more to say about Hitler-incarnate.
Comrades, please tell me that people in the USA are looking down and realizing that they're holding a snake in their arms! Is ANYONE (besides Cubists and Glenn Beck) starting to look around and wonder just what the hell is happening?!
Yes, I found an interesting fellow the other day who proposed that the disease we are developing is not socialism but fascism:
Quote:Socialism rests on a firm theoretical bedrock: the abolition of private property. I haven’t heard anyone this side of Barney Frank calling for any such thing. What is happening now–and Newsweek is honest enough to say so down in the body of the article–is an expansion of the state’s role, an increase in public/private joint ventures and partnerships, and much more state regulation of business. Yes, it’s very “European,” and some of the Europeans even call it “social democracy,” but it isn’t.
Read the whole thing: http://pajamasmedia.com/michaelledeen/2009/02/12/we-are-all-illiterates-now/#comment-6367
His point is well taken; culturally, we have forgotten exactly what a "fascist" was and instead use the term as an epithet for whatever the idiotic popular culture finds distasteful. The press and the pundits never tire of proving their ignorance; they believe that fascism and communism are polar opposite extremes whereas the truth is they are slightly different flavors of the same crap.
Red JimComrade, talk like that can get you a dirt nap via a 9mm copper jacketed lead slug gently inserted in the back of the head. I urge you to denounce yourself before someone does it first.
Done in Denounce A Comrade thread.
Ivan BetinovI find your remarks about snakes being bad offensive and demand that you stop forcing your Judeo-Christian value system on us. We don't need your kind of hate here.
How foolish I was! I'll make reparations in the form of several hundred billion CEUs for snake-themed initiatives, snake sensitivity training (not like what I partake in in the Dacha of Delights), and will make sure ACORN registers EVERY snake at least 37 times.
That was indeed insightful, as well as fascistinating. I tried to quote one of the comments but my cut/paste kept failing. Anyway, the sheeple will turn to anything that's not Bush, so semantics hardly matter here.
At a small rasthof in The Fatherland, I came across a group of Hells Angles. A German chapter, of course. They looked more like Tim Allen's crew from Wild Hogs. Their colors were all bright and new without any sun-fade or any indication of leather scuffing. They were clean, did not reek, had well groomed hair, and looked like they were white collar workers who merely put on the wrong clothes that morning.
Even motorcycle gangs can be Progressive.