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Sat Dec 11 15:35:25 EST 2004


Two years ago,
CBS and the New York Times conducted a poll which asked the
respondents: If you could pick a President, any President, which
one would you choose to run the country today? The winner, in a
landslide, was John F. Kennedy who doubled the tally of the
second place finisher. In 1988, Rolling Stone surveyed the
television generation, i.e. the below forty group, on their
diverse opinions and attitudes. Their two most admired public
leaders were Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, dead twenty
years before, when many of those polled were infants or not even
born. This holds not just in America. In Pete Hammill's 1995 book
Piece Work, he relates an episode in his life when his car broke
down in the Mexican countryside. He walked to a poor, Third World
style hut which had no amenities except a phone. Before he left,
he thanked the native Mexicans who lived there and took a look
around the dilapidated, almost bare interior. The only
decorations he saw were a plaster figurine of Che Guevara, and
near it, a photo of John Kennedy.

It's that international Jungian consciousness, however bottled
up, ambiguous, uncertain, that must be dislodged. In a sense,
this near-maniacal effort, and all the money and effort involved
in it, is a compliment that proves the opposite of the position
being advanced. This kind of defamation effort is reserved only
for the most dangerous foes of the status quo, e.g. a Huey Long
or a Thomas Jefferson. In a weird sort of way, it almost makes
one feel for the other side. It must be tough to be a security
guard of the mind, trying to control any ghosts rising from the
ashes. Which, of course, is why Hersh has to hide his real
feelings about his subject. That'





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