DURST: I Want My Nixon Back!
It was twenty five years ago the President of the United States abdicated and a quarter of a century later we miss him more than a sinner misses confession. Because without the evil heart of Nixon, my generation's whining is a hollow thing without a center.We're just one big sugar free jelly donut. Spewing our feeble grey ponytailed anti authoritarianism like out of control sprinkler heads soaking everything in sight including the younger generation which is why they're pissed and confused. We've become these satellite moons of empty dissatisfaction in random orbit around what used to be our planet of hostility. "That's what I'm telling you kid, its not there anymore."And here's what pisses me off. We were right. He was a crook. So did anybody ever apologize? Dream on big river. Now we're lost without him. Its not black and white anymore.Nixon was the ultimate villain. A man who appeared to sweat when he lied and he sweated all the time. He was like the Nazis. You knew where you stood instead of it all being shades of grey. Today you can actually have a conversation with somebody from another party and engage in a reasonable discussion. But during the Nixon years it was war. The good guys versus the bad guys. And everybody knew who they were.I want my Nixon back. I want to know who I am again.Will Durst knows who he is, he just wants to remember who that is.