HST vs. Bush

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I recently picked up the Criterion of Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas.
While digging through threads on The Agonist, someone quoted a portion of his new book, and I pulled up a full excerpt – and I thought it was worth sharing. Sure, it’s a little extreme, but it’s good solid Gonzo journalism.
Note to self: Pick up Kingdom Of Fear when I have an opening on the reading list.

The difference between an outlaw and a war criminal is the difference between a pedophile and a Pederast: The pedophile is a person who thinks about sexual behavior with children, and the Pederast does these things. He lays hands on innocent children–he penetrates them and changes their lives forever.
Being the object of a pedophile’s warped affectins is a Routine feature of growing up in America–and being a victim of a Pederast’s crazed “love” is part of dying. Innocence is no longer and option. Once penetrated, the child becomes a Queer in his own mind, and that is not much different than murder
Richard Nixon crossed that line when he began murdering foreigners in the name of “family values”–and George [W] Bush crossed it when he sneaked into office and began killing brown-skinned children in the name of Jesus and the American people.
When Muhammad Ali declined to be drafted and forced to kill “gooks” in Vietnam he said, “I ain’t got nothin’ against them Viet Cong. No Cong ever called me a Nigger.”
I agreed with him, according to my own personal ethics and values. He was Right.
If we all had a dash of Muhammad Ali’s eloquent courage, this country and the world would be a better place today because of it.
Okay. That’s it for now. Read it and weep….See you tomorrow, folks. You haven’t heard the last of me. I am the one who speaks for the spirit of freedom and decency in you. Shit. Somebody has to do it.
We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world–a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us….No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you.
Well, shit on that dumbness. George W. Bush does not speak for me or my son or my mother or my friends or the people I respect in this world. We didn’t vote for these cheap, greedy little killers speak for America today–and we will not vote for them again in 2002. Or 2004. Or ever.
Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush?
They are same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American Character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us–they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis.
And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them.
-Hunter S. Thompson, 2002