Just a brief note from the Department of Institutional Inertia:
"The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy - then go back to the office & sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece. Probably the rarest form of life in American politics is the man who can turn on a crowd & still keep his head straight - assuming it was straight in the first place."
- Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, "Fear and Loathing: On The Campaign Trail '72"
That's right; this quote predates the 1972 election where Nixon stomped McGovern.
So take heart, Gentle Reader. The current state of affairs is nothing new. We simply have to hope one of Thompson's rare life forms emerges from the viscous ooze of contemporary politics. It's a slim hope, but it's better than nothing.
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