Where Will It End?

This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it—that 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.  The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes . . . understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon.  McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose as a matter of policy and a perfect expression of everything he stands for.  Jesus!  Where will it end?  How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?

-Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

Where Will It End?

Bolivian Opposition Candidate Picks Jailbird Vice-Presidential Candidate

Many times I respond to criticism (from people not all that familiar of Bolivian politics) of the Bolivian people for electing Evo by explaining that the opposition is not exactly the sort of people you vote for. Manfred Reyes Villa, who’s the second most popular opposition candidate, has picked a vice-presidential candidate to run with, and, well, he gets points for surprising people. The candidate is Leopoldo Fernández, and, he’s in jail. I last mentioned him because The Economist failed to mention that he’s in jail for allegedly orchestrating the massacre of over 20 indigenous people who supported Evo Morales. I wonder who is advising Villa, because picking this candidate, who’s in jail, not only makes it a bit harder to campaign, but might turn some people off, being that Fernández is in jail on charges of massacring over 20 people. Morales can easily turn people off, especially non-indigenous, but the opposition is also clearly insane.

Bolivian Opposition Candidate Picks Jailbird Vice-Presidential Candidate