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So, Was Dr. Thompson Right?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 23, 2012

From this week’s Village Voice:

As Republicans prepared to renominate Richard Nixon for president, journalist Hunter S. Thompson had a moment of clarity inside his Miami Beach hotel room.

“This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves,” Thompson wrote in his classic Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72. “We are really just a nation of 220 million used-car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

Vietnam proved that. So did Iraq (twice), Afghanistan, the Mayaguez, and a host of other conflicts great and small.

The question is: Can we rise above that bloody history, embedded in our national fabric?

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