Richard Nixon and Scott Walker. This hatred has brought us together.

Richard Milhous Nixon was born on January 9 in 1913. He resigned from office on August 9, 1974.

I’m certain I could still easily find a man on the street today to wave a fist and snarl “Nixon”. Even easier – “Indict Walker!”.

Hunter S. Thompson wrote in Nixon’s obituary, “My mother hates Nixon, my son hates Nixon, I hate Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together.”

Oh, Wisconsin. That is so YOU. (If you instead have family members who love Walker, you have my sympathies.)

So many Wisconsinites want to read the obituary of Scott Walker’s career. For them I have this poem. (Any resemblance to a Catholic prayer is caused by the godless author’s indoctrination in parochial school)

Yea, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of Fitzwalkerstan with no guarantee of indictment
The People have camaraderie
The People have each other
The People hate Scott Walker

Richard Nixon is gone now, and I am poorer for it. He was the real thing — a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. He lied to his friends and betrayed the trust of his family. Not even Gerald Ford, the unhappy ex-president who pardoned Nixon and kept him out of prison, was immune to the evil fallout. Ford, who believes strongly in Heaven and Hell, has told more than one of his celebrity golf partners that “I know I will go to hell, because I pardoned Richard Nixon.”

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.”

He Was a Crook
Hunter S. Thompson

Hat tip to the blog First Draft for a head’s up on the birthday.


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