Hunter S. Thompson on the Corruption and Depravity of George Dubya

I’ve just finished reading Hunter S. Thompson’s classic, bitter, satirical salute to Las Vegas and the ending of the Hippy Dream, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The biographical sketch of the great gonzo journalist at the back of the book stated that while his critical reputation may rest of the books he wrote in the 1960s and 1970s, his satirical talons remained sharp throughout his career. And gave a few of the man’s comments on George ‘Dubya’ Bush as an example.

So how did Dr Gonzo view Bush? Basically, with much the same kind of visceral loathing and contempt he had for Richard Nixon. Warning: There is very strong language here. Like his road trip with his attorney to Las Vegas, his comments are only for those with true grit. Viewers of a nervous disposition should look away now.

He declared Bush’s election victory to be ‘the most brutal seizure of power since Hitler burned the German Reichstag in 1933 and declared himself the new Boss of Germany.’

In 2003 he had the following words about Bush and his cabinet in his internet sports column, Hey Rube: ‘Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? They are the racists and hate mongers among us – they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis.’

There always has been a part of the Republican party, who really been fully paid up members of the Klan. And the situation is worse now, with Trump advocating the deportation of immigrants, the construction of a wall with Mexico, and the registration of Muslims. Reading his journalism about the implosion of the Hippy scene and the New Left, it was clear that Thompson really was expecting something like the emergence of a genuine dictatorship under Nixon. Fortunately, that didn’t happen, not least because Tricky Dicky was carted off to jail for Watergate. But it’s a very distinct possibility if Trump gets in.

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4 Responses to “Hunter S. Thompson on the Corruption and Depravity of George Dubya”

  1. Ctesias62 Says:

    Nixon resigned before he was impeached & never did any Gaol time (sadly). Some of his sidekicks (Haldeman ?) did though.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for that, Ctesias. I didn’t realise Nixon managed to escape being jailed. I don’t know about Haldeman, but I think G. Gordon Liddy got sent to the slammer for his part in the burglary.

  2. Ctesias62 Says:

    H.R Haldeman did 18 months. I think Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon as soon as he took office.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Yeah, I knew Ford pardoned Nixon. I didn’t know Haldeman was sent to prison. Somehow I’d assumed Nixon did some time before he was pardoned by Ford, but clearly not. 🙂

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