David Schuster ~ Nixon Lives

David Schuster ~ Nixon Lives

A great picture by David. I see him—Tricky Dick—lurking in there, sure enough.

The good news is that Nixon is dead. The bad news is that he lives on in the deformed and decaying appendage on the body politic that is the Republican Party today, power-bottoms in servitude to their corporate masters, fellating power in the backrooms of the crumbling empire.  I’m no big fan of the Democrats either: they’ve been complicit in the creation of the rigged game. Odds always favor the house, even if it’s a house of cards.

But Nixon was the first president they installed after the coup of 1963 with the killing of our president, John F. Kennedy and the later killings of RFK and MLK. During the course of the Watergate cover-up, Nixon told his people to tell the investigators to back-off, that it went back to the Bay Of Pigs, etc., followed immediately the eighteen minute gap in the Oval Office tape of the meeting. H.R. Haldeman, Nixon’s chief of staff, wrote in his memoirs that “Bay Of Pigs” was Nixon’s code for the JFK assassination.

When I got off the sauce twenty-two years ago, it was a transformation abrupt and powerful, a massive shift in my perception of the world, and although it seemed to come from within me, it was not of me, but rather from a hitherto undetected power beyond my mortal ken: call it Good, or Love, or God, the name doesn’t really matter. I had unwittingly embarked on spiritual journey which has continued to evolve and deepen for all these years since. I am grateful. And still crazy, I don’t mind saying.

I remember one afternoon, when I was two or three years sober and it occurred to me quite clearly, hit me, in a most profound manner that God does not judge us, that all is forgiven automatically, and that we are loved unconditionally, no matter how wretched we make our lives and the lives of others through the pursuit of worldly spoils.

The next thought that came in my head was that that applied to Richard Nixon as well and that meant that he was not burning in hell.

I was seriously, seriously, depressed about that for several days.

James Lee Burke, who writes the incredible Dave Robicheaux tough-guy southern gothic mysteries set near New Orleans, is a wise man who has clearly pondered the questions of good and evil in our lives. He believes there are people who are born evil, but he has also said in a couple of interviews that he has known men who have chosen evil. I believe Richard Nixon was one of those people. Good riddance.

No matter. The kingdom of heaven lies within. Don’t get caught up in the world system.

A little memento from those days of yor … seems laughably naive now … but a pretty melody …

Call out the instigators
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right

We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

Lock up the streets and houses
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right

We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

Hand out the arms and ammo
We’re going to blast our way through here
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right

We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together
Now

Something In The Air by Thunderclap Newton

Skip to toolbar