Another Dispatch From The Asemic Popularity Contest Headquarters
Christmas Day 2021
gonzo — of or associated with journalistic writing of an exaggerated, subjective, and fictionalized style.
At the dedication of the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., George Bush told the story of how one afternoon at an airport, Nixon heard a little girl shouting “How is Smokey the Bear?”– at that time living in the Washington Zoo. Nixon smiled as the girl kept repeating her question. Baffled, he turned to an aide for translation. “Smokey the Bear, Mr. President,” he whispered. “Washington National Zoo.” Triumphant, Nixon walked over, took the girl’s hand, and beamed, “How do you do Miss Bear?”
Nov 2, 2020, 3:13 PM
I, too, am filled with anxiety and dread, but I honestly don’t feel any hatred for humanity. As always I despise the politicians, the rich, and the capitalist leaders who manipulate and exploit the rest of us. They have earned our hatred, their victims have not.A couple of months ago I spent a few hours refreshing my memory on the subject of Richard Nixon and the southern strategy. Do you remember it?
Nixon is the foundation upon which my understanding of politics has been built.
Nov 4, 2020, 12:43 PM
I was awake almost all of the night. We are in for some very strange days indeed. There are always some among us who think violence is an acceptable means to their prefered end. We will almost certainly see some. We need to remember that violence is not a solution to the problem of violence, it is only and always a continuation and expansion of the problem. I feel the same way about hate; hate is not a solution to the problem, or even a component of a solution, it is always and only a part of the problem.
I expect Biden will be our next president. Of course that’s better than another four years of Trump. But Trump is a symptom of a very dangerous disease, and removing the symptom does not cure us of the disease.
The next two months will be rough, no question. Also, the next two years. Probably the next two decades, the next two generations.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”