Nixon’s spirit will be with us for the rest of our lives — whether you’re me or Bill Clinton or you or Kurt Cobain or Bishop Tutu or Keith Richards or Amy Fisher or Boris Yeltsin’s daughter or your fiancee’s 16-year-old beer-drunk brother with his braided goatee and his whole life like a thundercloud out in front of him. This is not a generational thing. You don’t even have to know who Richard Nixon was to be a victim of his ugly, Nazi spirit.

He has poisoned our water forever. Nixon will be remembered as a classic case of a smart man shitting in his own nest. But he also shit in our nests, and that was the crime that history will burn on his memory like a brand. By disgracing and degrading the Presidency of the United States, by fleeing the White House like a diseased cur, Richard Nixon broke the heart of the American Dream.

Hunter S. Thompson (via atomteria)

(Source: The Atlantic, via atomteria)


Hunter S. Thompson talks to his editor about the time he ran for Sheriff in Aspen.From Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72.


Hunter S. Thompson talks to his editor about the time he ran for Sheriff in Aspen.
From Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72.



He Was a Crook

Oh, yesterday was Nixon’s birthday! This eulogy is worth reading.

"If the right people had been in charge of Nixon’s funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin."

                  - Hunter S. Thompson


Interview Excerpt


Matthew Hahn (Reporter for The Atlantic): Clinton had wanted to be JFK. That’s who he talked about in his campaigns.

Hunter S. Thompson: You tell Mr. Bill there’s a reason that Jack Kennedy was shot, and he hasn’t been. There’s a very good reason that Jack Kennedy was shot, and Clinton hasn’t been. 

MH: What’s that?

HST: There’s no reason to shoot Clinton. They didn’t hesitate when Kennedy seemed to be going against them. They shot him. And they shot Bobby. 

MH: They?

HST: They. If you are going to shoot the President of the United States, plan it and do it, you must be extremely well-connected and smart and organized. Anybody who can organize a three-position, triangulated shooting at the President of the United States is very good.

MH: Your theory on the JFK assassination is what?

HST: That it was carried out by the Mob but organized and effectuated by J. Edgar Hoover. 

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“There are only two ways to make it in big-time politics today: One is to come on like a mean dinosaur, with a high-powered machine that scares the shit out of your entrenched opposition (like Daley or Nixon) … and the other is to tap the massive, frustrated energies of a mainly young, disillusioned electorate that has long since abandoned the idea that we all have a DUTY to vote. This is like being told you have a DUTY to buy a new car, but you have to choose immediately between a Ford and a Chevy.” Hunter S. Thompson (via batcountryword)
“The genetically vicious nature of presidential campaigns in America is too obvious to argue with, but some people call it fun, and I am one of them. Election Day - especially a presidential election - is always a wild and terrifying time for politics junkies, and I am one of those, too. We look forward to major election days like sex addicts look forward to orgies. We are slaves to it.” Hunter S. Thompson, 2004 (via randalldigsly)
“The whole framework of the presidency is getting out of hand. It’s come to the point where you almost can’t run unless you can cause people to salivate and whip on each other with big sticks. You almost have to be a rock star to get the kind of fever you need to survive in American politics.” Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72 (via el-uuno)

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“He rattled off all these “pie in the sky” ideas in the beginning, none of which are going to either work or be funded. He knows that.” Hunter S. Thompson (via batcountryword)
GPOY: All night, until the end.

GPOY: All night, until the end.

“Most people refuse to face that to be a freak in Nixon’s America is the only honorable way to go.” Hunter S. Thompson (via batcountryword)

I have had my own bloody relationship with Nixon for many years, but I am not worried about it landing me in hell with him. I have already been there with that bastard, and I am a better person for it. Nixon had the unique ability to make his enemies seem honorable, and we developed a keen sense of fraternity. Some of my best friends have hated Nixon all their lives. My mother hates Nixon, my son hates Nixon, I hate Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together.

Nixon laughed when I told him this. “Don’t worry,” he said, “I, too, am a family man, and we feel the same way about you.”

It was Richard Nixon who got me into politics, and now that he’s gone, I feel lonely. He was a giant in his way. As long as Nixon was politically alive — and he was, all the way to the end — we could always be sure of finding the enemy on the Low Road. There was no need to look anywhere else for the evil bastard. He had the fighting instincts of a badger trapped by hounds.


DATE: MAY 1, 1994

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“Liberalism itself has failed, and for a pretty good reason. It has been too often compromised by the people who represented it.” Hunter S. Thompson (via batcountryword)
“Every GOP administration since 1952 has let the Military-Industrial Complex loot the Treasury and plunge the nation into debt on the excuse of a wartime economic emergency. Richard Nixon comes quickly to mind, along with Ronald Reagan and his ridiculous ‘trickle-down theory of U.S. Economic policy. If the Rich get Richer, the theory hoes, before long their pots will overflow and somehow ‘trickle down’ to the poor, who would rather eat scraps off the Bush family plates than eat nothing at all. Republicans have never approved of democracy, and they never will. It goes back to pre-industrial America, when only white male property owners could vote.”

Hunter S. Thompson

Rolling Stone, 2004

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“How long, O lord, how long? This blizzard of shame is getting a little old, isn’t it? Just how low do we have to fall before the voters catch on?” Hunter S. Thompson (from Hey Rube)

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The ’72 presidential campaign is looking more & more like a backroom squabble between Bankers, Generals, and Labor Bosses. There is no indication, at this time, that the outcome will make much difference to anyone else. If the Republicans win, we will immediately declare Limited Nuclear War on all of Indochina and the IRS will start collecting a 20 percent national sales tax on every dollar spent by anybody—for the National Defense Emergency.

But if the Democrats win, Congress will begin a fourteen-year debate on whether or not to declare Massive Conventional War on all of Indochina, and the IRS will begin collecting a 20 percent National Losers’ Tax on all incomes under $25,000 per annum—for the National Defense Emergency.

Hunter S. Thompson,  Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72 

How little has changed…

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