POLITICS and JESUS FREAKS       Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

        from Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ' 72   Straight Arrow Publishers
                  c 1973 All Rights Reserved.  Reprinted by Permission  [thanks Hunter]


            "The ego is the crucial factor here. A man on the scent of the White House is rarely rational. He is more like a beast in heat: a bull elk in the rut, crashing blindly through the timber in a fever for something to fuck. Anything! A cow, a calf, a mare--any flesh and blood beast with a hole in it. The bull elk is a very crafty animal for about fifty weeks of the year; his senses are so sharp that only an artful stalker can get within a thousand yards of him... but when the rut comes on, in the autumn, any geek with the sense to blow an elk-whistle can lure a bull elk right up to his car in ten minutes if he can drive within hearing range.

            The dumb bastards lose all control of themselves when the rut comes on. Their eyes glaze over, their ears pack up with hot wax, and their loins get heavy with blood. Anything that sounds like a cow elk in heat will fuse the central nervous system of every bull on the mountain. They will race through the timber like huge cannonballs, trampling small trees and scraping off bloody chunks of their own hair on the unyielding bark of the big ones. They behave like sharks in a feeding frenzy, attacking each other with all the demented violence of human drug dealers gone mad on their own wares.

            A career politician finally smelling the White House is not much different from a bull elk in the rut. He will stop at nothing, trashing anything that gets in his way; and anything he can't handle personally he will hire out--or, failing that, make a deal. It is a difficult syndrome for most people to understand, because few of us ever come close to the kind of Ultimate Power and Achievement that the White House represents to a career politician."



THE JESUS FREAK SCARE     Hunter Thompson   The Great Shark Hunt   copr.

            "There is a firestorm of lunacy brewing on the neo-religious front. We will almost certainly be inundated, even swamped, by a nightmare-blizzard of schlock, gibberish, swill & pseudo-religious bullshit of every type and description. We can expect no relief. This problem will manifest itself in many treacherous forms--and we will have to deal with them all. <snip>

            This is not the time for a mass reversion to ancestral bullshit.The Jesus Freak outburst is a gigantic Spanish Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, the Rape of the Congo and the Conquest of the Incas, the Mayans and the Aztecs. Entire civilizations have been done in by vengeful monsters claiming a special relationship with 'God'.

            It's a revival of the same old primitive bullshit that caused all our troubles from the start. These waterheads must be kept out at all costs. We have serious business to deal with, and these fuckers will only be in the way."

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