Magazine article The Spectator

Kindred Spirits

Magazine article The Spectator

Kindred Spirits

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OK. Let's take it from the top. If a man is defended by people like James Carville, Geraldo Rivera and now Larry Flynt, doesn't it seem superfluous to go through the motions to convict? Flynt becoming the standard-bearer of the Draft Dodger's defence has to be the final straw in the debasement of the presidency. Flynt delights in degrading women, just like the commander-in-chief, and he loves trashing women, just like the 42nd president. Remember Hustler's infamous cover showing a woman being fed into a meat grinder? Clinton's attack dogs have been feeding women into meat grinders from the start.

Mind you, I'm not surprised. Clinton and Flynt are kindred spirits. Both of them are perverse and degenerate, both believe that shame equals fame, both are powerobsessed and amoral opportunists. Clinton insists oral sex is not sex, Flynt thinks incest is funny. He once ran a cartoon showing Jerry Falwell having sex with his mother in an outhouse. (In the meantime, Flynt's own daughter has accused him of having sexually molested her, an allegation he has denied.)

Both men are hypocrites. Clinton deplores the `politics of personal destruction' while feeding Flynt the purloined FBI files in order for the latter to embarrass Republicans. Flynt claims he's doing what he's doing because the Republicans are hypocrites. If he really hated hypocrisy, he'd go after only one man, the First Masturbator. The man who didn't inhale and now uses the latest euphemism for lying under oath -'misremembering'.

What a fine state of affairs. The numero uno liar in cahoots with the numero uno pornographer. The man who degrades women underlings in various government mansions, and the man who degrades women regularly in his magazine. Some time ago, in this space, I wrote that Clinton and O.J. Simpson resembled each other. Both preferred to lie even when the truth was more convenient. Flynt has been lionised in a Hollywood film as a defender of free speech, but he, too, is an extraordinary liar. Pornographers always pretend to defend free speech and to be against hypocrisy, and they justify porn as honesty. Nothing, however, is more of a lie. Pornography is not honesty, it is merely an effort to reduce decency to its own level.

See what I mean by kindred spirits? OJ, the Draft Dodger and Larry Flynt. The Spirit of America in 1999. Watching the trial in the Senate throughout last week, I couldn't help but remember Mary McCarthy's words about Lillian Hellman, that `every word she utters, including "the" and "and", is a lie'. …

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