Tuesday, January 10, 2006
A Few More Words About HST (With an extended quote which is not for children)
Thanks for bearing with me on that last post; I got overly ambitious and it got out of hand. Plus it was a pain to edit.
First, if by the time you finished reading my last entry, you were too tired to read the interview I linked to, please take the time to read it when you get a chance: http://www.freezerbox.com/archive/article.php?id=287.
It's occurred to me in the last couple of years that the things that are obviously true, for you, tend to be perceptions that you have for yourself. I tend to think that everything that someone else tells me is true (unless it's a comment about an immediate material reality), is not true. Part of this is that I don't trust other people's perceptions, and part is that other people quite often have a vested interest in making you believe what they believe, especially if they are insecure for some reason about those beliefs and want confirmation. A lot of this seems to be the source of what we perceive as racism, religion, homophobia, politics, etc.
But when I read a statement from someone else that confirms to something that I first thought of for myself previously - especially if it's years previously - it tends to make me think that statement or idea is true, at least for me. This is how I felt when I read a lot of Hardcore Zen, and how I felt when I read the linked interview with HST.
There are several points Thompson makes in the interview that had occurred to me previously and independently. First, the similarity of American in the last three or four years to Germany in the 30's, the Weimar Republic mentality of fear that gave rise to Hitler. Although the demographics and the specific economics of the two cultures in those two eras are different, the climate of fear created for purposes of manipulation are the same. Second, the feeling on September 11, 2001, and in the days thereafter that we were not being told the truth about what happened and who was responsible. There is no question that the tragic events of that day were manipulated by Bush's puppetmasters for their own ends; the question is, was there foreknowledge? The third point is the comparison between the Presidency of Richard Nixon and the current regime. Simply put, what we (and HST) saw as the ultimate evil in American government doesn't hold a candle to the evil now in place. Nixon was an amateur compared to whoever is controlling George W. Bush.
The following is an extended quote from HST's last book, Kingdom of Fear. It is long, raw, uncensored and vile. It is also the truest thing I have ever read about the situation this country is in today. If you are easily offended, don't read it. I'll be back soon.
Let’s face it – the yo-yo president of the USA knows nothing. He is a dunce. He does what he is told to do – says what he is told to say - poses the way he is told to pose. He is a Fool.
This is never an easy thing for the voters of this country to accept.
No. Nonsense. The president cannot be a Fool. Not at this moment in time – when the last vestiges of the American Dream are on the line. This is not the time to have a bogus rich kid in charge of the White House.
Which is, after all, our house. That is our headquarters – it is where the heart of America lives. So if the president lies and acts giddy about other people’s lives – if he wantonly and stupidly endorses mass murder as a logical plan to make sure we are still Number One – he is a Jackass by definition – a loud and meaningless animal with no functional intelligence and no balls.
To say that this goofy child president is looking more and more like Richard Nixon in the summer of 1974 would be a flagrant insult to Nixon.
Whoops! Did I say that? Is it even vaguely possible that some New Age Republican whore-beast of a false president could actually make Richard Nixon look like a Liberal?
The capacity of these vicious assholes we elected to be in change of our lives for four years to commit terminal damage to our lives and our souls and our loved ones is far beyond Nixon. Shit! Nixon was the creator of many of the once-proud historical landmarks that these dumb bastards are savagely destroying now: the Clean Air Act of 1970; Campaign Finance Reform; the endangered species act; opening a Real-Politik dialogue with China; and on and on.
The prevailing quality of life in America – by any accepted method of measuring – was inarguably freer and more politically open under Nixon than it is today in this evil year of Our Lord 2002.
The Boss was a certified monster who deserved to be impeached and banished. He was a truthless creature of former FBI Director J Edgar Hoover – a foul human monument to corruption and depravity on a scale that dwarfs any other public official in American history. But Nixon was at least smart enough to understand why so many honorable patriotic US citizens despised him. He was a Liar. The truth was not in him.
Nixon believed – as he said many times – that if the president of the United States does it, it can’t be illegal. But Nixon never understood the much higher and meaner truth of Bob Dylan’s warning that “To live outside the law you must be honest”.
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 behaviour with children, and the pederast does those things. He lays hands on innocent children – he penetrates them and changes their lives forever.
Being the object of a pedophile’s warped affections is a Routine feature of growing up in America – and being the victim of a pederast’s crazed “love” is part of dying. Innocence is no longer an 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 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 Nigger.”
I agreed with him, according to my own personal ethics and values. He was Right.
If we had a dash of Muhammad Ali’s eloquent courage, this country and the world would be a better place 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 who 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 rich kids like George Bush?
They are the 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.