But it sure was a hoot yesterday watching neo-cons warmongers like Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) squirm and bristle at Paul’s filibuster attack on the Obama Administration drone policy.
Equally entertaining was watching MSNBC liberal parakeets from Maddow to Schultz to O’Donnell make fun of Paul’s 13-hour filibuster, before being corrected by more brain-laden lefty guests who weren’t too keen on having drones circling over their houses in the future either.
It was a moment of hope, where the muddy middle of the political road – which the powers-that-be strive to keep well-trafficked – washed out and was, for a fleeting moment, discredited.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t for a second buy into the currently in vogue notion proposed by Alex Jones and the like, that the entire right/left paradigm is a fallacy. Once you’ve toiled on a jobsite for a lazy bellicose boss/owner, that idea doesn’t have a chance in hell of sticking.
When you’ve traveled to places where people with names like Sandinista, ZANU-PF, FMLN, New People’s Army and Viet Minh have formed guerrilla armies to struggle against a rich land-hoarding oligarchy, always backed by US corporations and their European bankers; that dog don’t hunt anymore.
Historically, the right/left paradigm is as real as it gets in politics.
Trouble is, in the US there is no organized left and hasn’t been since the days when Socialist leader Eugene Debs was in jail, while International Workers of the World rabble rouser Wild Bill Haywood was on his way into exile in Russia to avoid the right-wing death squads who killed many of his Wobblie comrades.
To call President Obama a liberal is a stretch. To call him a Communist is absurd. He is a moderate Democrat. In this country that means right of center. If you don’t believe me, ask the widow of Hugo Chavez.
Obama’s continuance of Reagan-inspired monopoly capitalist policies has created the greatest wealth concentration in this country’s history. Socialism? Come on man!
Many well-meaning right-wing “truthers” have no background in political theory. Maybe they grew up wealthy and unconsciously became Republicans. Maybe they never took any Political Science classes in college.
Maybe they never found themselves behind a shovel for ten hours a day, seven days a week for minimum fucking wage while some asshole making ten times that spent his day in the heated cab of a brand new pickup driving aimlessly about.
Still, politics should be thought of as a circle, since circles (not straight lines) constitute all of natural reality. So at some point extreme right meets extreme left on the “far side”. There may very well be a shit storm if one or both have a real chance to take power – which has also never happened in the US. Nevertheless, the two extremes do meet and can find themselves agreeing on many things.
It is clear to the nation that Republicans have abused the filibuster to the point of Congressional atrophy. It is not very popular right now. Kudos to Sen. Rand Paul for having the courage to use the filibuster as it should be used – to bring into the national political conversation a topic on which both progressives and paleo-cons can agree.
Yeah, he said some crazy stuff and maybe he’s gunning for the 2016 Republican nomination. But these fucking drones have got to go!
Maybe someday Americans will realize that being in the middle of the road isn’t really where it’s at. Bob Dylan said that. Or was it Chrissie Hynde?
Dean Henderson is the author of four books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve & Stickin’ it to the Matrix. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com