America has it's fair share of badass writers. Hunter S. Thompson was all about the American dream, or the lack thereof. Here are 5 of his greatest adages on America, something to think about in preparation for the 4th of July.
“America...just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable”
Thompson was always a patriot. He enjoyed American life and touted himself as a liberal and a gun enthusiast. That's what makes this quote so profound. Where do we end the struggle with critiquing our way of life in a productive way, and just blindly being patriotic without examining things truthfully?
"In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting
caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity."
America turned into a nightmare for Thompson, who always valued his freedom and the independence it led to for Americans. This quote from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas shows how disillusioned we can get about our own reality.
"We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we
teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws."
In light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and all over the country, this quote is more applicable than ever. Although most police officers do their job effectively and help us stay safe, there are always exceptions.
"Freedom is something that dies unless it's used."
We have to exercise our rights or else what's the point of being in a free country?
"In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely."
There is a definite separation between the haves and have-nots in this country. It's apparent in our schools and our workplaces. There are people above us that work in the shadows and make the decisions that ultimately decide our fate. We have to keep reaching up into those shadows to figure out what's going on, and like Thompson said, it's hard to win, nearly impossible, but we have to keep searching in order to survive in America.
The 4th of July is a time to appreciate the country and reflect on your fortunes right? Fireworks, hotdogs, the works, but if we take a little time to reflect on the actualities and the injustices around us, we'd have a lot more to be thankful for. Thompson may be regarded as a cynic by many, but to me, he's always been truthful, even when nobody else could be. You've gotta thank America for that. Happy 4th of July.