Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

On the Campaign Trail, 72

The argument was familiar. I had even made it myself, here and there, but I was beginning to sense something very depressing about it. How many more of these goddamn elections are we going to write off as lame but 'regrettably necessary' holding actions?


I have been through three presidential elections, now, but it has been twelve years since I could look at a ballot and see a nae I wanted to vote for.

For a reason I can't explain, I am reading Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail, 72, a book I've owned for a while, but never read. I always liked Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a whole lot, but I found him terribly patchy, overall, though people have always said this is his best book. So far, it's pretty sweet. However, what I have found interesting is his description of how he felt about the elections at the time, and how similar I find it now, nearly forty years on.
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