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Rand Paul Scrambles Right/Left Paradigm

000019I’m no fan of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). So far, he has exhibited none of the courage of his father, but all of his right-wing zero-government dogma that makes bankers lick their chubby little lips.

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 five 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 & The Federal Reserve Cartel.  You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com

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21 thoughts on “Rand Paul Scrambles Right/Left Paradigm

  1. I am not real excited about “Rand’s stand”. I see it as just more distracting theater.

    I got some “official” Rand propaganda that said he was “fighting for” 2 things: 1) No killing US citizens on US soil, and 2) oversight of US drones.

    So killing them overseas is OK? And his other thing about “oversight” for drones. Fuck drones altogether is what I say. “Oversight” hasn’t worked for anything. Regulatory democracy is a total failure. If anything, “oversight” usually just makes things worse.

    I see his whole schtick as false opposition to actually legitimize the whole drone concept. Like, it’s OK but we just have to have some rules.

    Ultimately I see him as part of a false dichotomy and suckerbait for people who think his shit will make a difference. Even if he got what he wanted I don’t see anything real coming from it.

    I have not trusted this SOB since his Romney endorsement. He even looks like a weasel.

    Posted by Warren | March 8, 2013, 6:37 pm
  2. Hi Dean,
    I LOVE EVERYTHING YOU WRITE AND, IN FACT, HAVE A SPECIAL FILE FOR THEM.

    As a person on the so-called “extreme left” (see TheModernUtopian.com),
    I have no idea how the extreme left and extreme right could ever converge.
    If you have a moment, and the desire, please explain to me.
    Best regards,
    Richard

    Posted by rifbeach@earthlink.net | March 8, 2013, 6:50 pm
    • Only tactically Richard, as in Nicaragua when the Sandinistas worked with Eden Pastora’s right-wing bunch for a time to fight against Somoza. Actually, these types of coalitions are quite common in countries with split Parliments. I too am of the left revolutionary bent, but often do interviews on right-wing radio. I try to find common ground with them but never compromise on principle. If you look at the way many on the right have embraced the anti-war stance, the organic food movement and other things; I believe we have made some inroads. Oh and thanks for that “special file” Richard. That means alot to me!

      Posted by Dean Henderson | March 8, 2013, 6:57 pm
      • The anti war stance is historically a part of the Republican platform. There is a long tradition of opposition to militarism in the GOP and since when is the organic movement a Liberal issue?

        As far as the Right/Left Paradigm goes, your comments make it clear that you don’t understand the matter. There are plenty of passionate liberals and conservatives who believe what they breach, both inside and outside politics. These people are not knowingly part of the paradigm but they ARE pitted against one another in order to keep the public entertained with nonsense. Playing both sides is the rule not the exception. If you studied real history instead of taking Political Science classes you might understand this. Corpocracy is a good way to understand our current style of Government. It contains bits and parts of Communism, Socialism, Democracy and Marxism.. All of the things our forefathers warned us against. The end game is the same, someone other than the individual benefits from that individual’s labor.

        For someone who faults the “truthers” for not being up to speed on history, you might want to take a refresher coarse.

        Posted by Daonny | March 11, 2013, 2:27 pm
      • You illustrate the point of this article perfectly. So “corpocracy” contains socialism, Marxism & communism; but not the sacred monopoly capitalism? That’s pretend history designed to fit neatly into your tightly-held “capital is better than labor” ideology – for whatever reason. Sure the banksters play games using both sides but those “sides” are actually always the same, whereas Chavez, Correa, Mugabe and the like are NOT banker creations. They are fighting for working people, not the monopoly capitalists behind these intrigues. They are self-avowed leftists who understand real history very well- to the point of starvation at the hands of the money-class! My guess is they’ve also read a book or two on political theory…

        Posted by Dean Henderson | March 11, 2013, 2:58 pm
    • The political spectrum is a circle with the extreme right and extreme left converging in fascism, the fusion of government and corporate power. It matters little whether the government nationalizes the corporations, as in Venezuala, or corporations and bankers buy off the government, as in the USA, both end up being oligarcal tyrannies.

      Posted by KG Varley | March 10, 2013, 9:19 am
  3. “He is a moderate Democrat”, no, he is not even a moderate repug.
    he’s a fascist who plays a rational, well spoken prez on TV.

    Posted by ken Jopp | March 8, 2013, 10:51 pm
  4. Hmm, McCain…. “hero” son of Admiral McCain….Military “patriot” that threatened the survivors of Israel’s cowardly attack on the Liberty with court’s marshal or worse if they opened their mouths about the facts, including Johnson immediately defended Israel before anything was known as to whom it was that attacked. You know, as many times as that doughy filth has been re-elected on his spotty war hero record, is it any wonder the majority of the people still think Israel is our friend, Muslims hate us for our “liberty”, the FED RES isn’t private and there WERE WMD’s in Iraq? Hell, I’m amazed citizens didn’t drag Mr. Paul into the street and lynch him for his audacity. Folks, it’s really a quarter past time to secede and put the FED out of our, (and the World’s), misery.

    Posted by paschn | March 8, 2013, 10:53 pm
  5. It is being said there is a roaring trade going on in drones.
    Apparently there is a waiting list a mile long, on the global black market.
    Who does not want one of these suckers.
    These things are toy planes, more sophisticated & dangerous yes, never the less toy planes.
    Guys are guys after all.
    When these things are introduced to Australia, I can see it becoming the weekend pass time of our boys to catch one of these thing, to take home to show the little woman & the kids.
    Not unlike a hunting weekend – the BBQ, the esky, the tinny & the mates.
    Unemployment is massive in Australia every dollar counts man!
    Even many of the imported foreign skilled workers, who came to replace us in the work force, are unemployed & receiving unemployment benefits now.

    .

    Posted by R Davis | March 9, 2013, 7:41 am
  6. p.s.
    POSSESSION IS 9/10 th’s OF THE LAW – if it is in your possession it’s yours.

    Posted by R Davis | March 9, 2013, 7:49 am
  7. In my mind, Rand Paul is a hero. He did what others in the U.S. Senate did not do and that was to try to stop the confirmation of murderer, human rights violation and violater of the Geneva Convention, John Brennan, from being confirmed as the next director of the CIA. In November, 2012 Obama said “There’s no country on Earth that would tolerate missles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders”. Barack Obama (November 18, 2012) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7–bOIJmIcU http://www.facebook.com/media/set/? . When Brennan and Obama step out of the United States, hopefully they will be arrested on Interpol warrants for crimes against humanity as 4,700 people have been killed in the U.S. drone program according to U.S. Lindsey Graham, another American Nazi. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/02/201322185240615179.html

    It has been reported by news agencies that other countries are developing drones and they are headed for the United States. These countries reason if the United States can kill thousands of people with impunity, then they can too. It appears Obama and Brennan have started WWIII.

    Posted by Arwen Eveningstar | March 9, 2013, 10:56 am
    • In a world based on justice, rather than on ‘power and control’ through money, there probably would be a chance to have these criminals (associated with drone strikes) arrested. And lets not forget the criminals who were behind, and supported, the invasion of Iraq, eg GW Bush, John Howard, Tony Blair to name a few.

      The way I see it, however, is that as long as the 99% continue to permit the 1% to retain power and control, we will continue to have our rights as citizens and as humans whittled away, until we all end up no more than convict slave labour. The many novels portraying a world without hope for the human race are starting to look more like non-fiction than the fiction they were supposed to be.

      Most people these days are asleep to the truth. They don’t want to know, because deep down they already feel powerless. They live their lives trying to keep under the radar, and hope that they can travel through this thing called ‘life’ without too much pain or discomfort.

      Since WWII, with the help of advancements in technology, the elite has been quietly encasing us all. They are winning the battles with little resistance. I often wonder if our relatively recent awareness of what is happening hasn’t come a little too late.

      Turning things around will take more than wishing and hoping, but without hope all is lost before it is begun. I sometimes wonder if I have any hope left in my heart, but I keep reading Dean’s blog. That is how I know that while my hope may be faint and flickering, it is still there. So, I keep nudging those around me who are asleep. My hope is that nudging is contagious enough to awaken the world.

      Thank you Dean, for continuing to nudge me :)

      Posted by Agraulis | March 9, 2013, 7:05 pm
  8. There is no revolutionary left anymore. There is a revolutionary right, however. And they will destroy the ,military banking complex, when the stuff hits the fan.

    Posted by Aubrey Kohn | March 9, 2013, 3:47 pm
  9. There is only the have’s and have not’s… Republicans and Democrats have sold out to have’s; elite have’s and mega corporate banker have’s…

    Posted by Mark of the wild West | March 9, 2013, 4:53 pm
  10. Drones as diplomatic solution?
    Hmmmm…
    A novel concept.
    You wake up one to find a Drone sticking out of your Petunia and someone is handing you a phone saying that the President is on the line.
    What do you do?
    Say, “Tell him I am not in.” ?
    America has unleashed trillions of dollars in aid to folks who have taken our dollars and used them as they saw fit. I can recall travelling through the PI and noticing how half completed public works projects were all we had to show for billions upon billions of aid to that country and a man called Marcos.
    Of course, we also had bought enough shoes to shod every horse in every race since the beginning of time.
    A drone a day?
    Maybe we could attach A GPS device to any ruler who wishes to take our money for the betterment of his country. A shackle they could place around their ankle.
    And it would be a condition of taking American dollars,
    A pre-condition.
    There has to be some practical application for using Drones in diplomatic settings. It seems that they have been rather effective with caveats.
    The bad guys surely know we mean to honor our pledge to come after them wherever they might be.
    Better yet, let’s all sing a few choruses of Give Peace A Chance and see who knows all the words.

    Posted by james welsh | March 9, 2013, 8:46 pm
  11. There is no such thing as left vs right, or liberal vs conservative. That is a distraction.

    There are only two types of politicians: those who serve the people, and those who serve corporate interests. It’s the same in any country. Forget the semantics and the superficiality. If in doubt, follow the money trail.

    Posted by John Doe | March 10, 2013, 9:02 am
  12. I am a South African. We called it “Detention without trial.” Many people “disappeared.” More than ever were accounted for in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. If you think for one minute that Rand Paul is some kind of joke, or some kind of political game player then you are deluded. The NDAA is law. People can not only be “disappeared,” but they can be killed, just because someone in power decides to do so. And even “better,”they can be wiped out with a Drone strike, which saves the hassel of arresting them and bumping them off in some dark jail cell. Oh my technology! Makes quick easy work of destroying the Magna Carta, and even before that Moses. You know what made Moses and Joshua the biggest revolutionaries of all time approx 2, 800 years ago? It was that they brought in this thing, you were entitled to a fair trail with witnesses to speak on your behalf. Unheard of in a world of dictator Kings. And you know why the High Priests and the Herod Kings killed Jesus? Because he reminded them of that, in a world where might was right and those in power could just kill who they chose. They killed Jesus, no fair trial, no witnesses to speak on his behalf. Trail by ordeal, a system that the Vatican still believes is authentic today. Even though it goes against the teachings of Jesus. A system that Israel practices today in terrorising Palestinians, even though this is against the law of Moses and Joshua. If being a real Christian and a real Hebrew should mean anything in this world today, it is Justice. And Drones and the NDAA are not Justice. They are tyranny. So mock Rand Paul and Alex Jones as much as you like, and then go and read Samuel 1:8 and you will know, Presidents, Kings, Emperors Dictators , High Priests and Popes are all might against right. They all undermine Justice and Liberty. The gift of Moses and Joshua was no Kings, no High Priests, no Temples, only a constitutional court led by Judges who administered the law with a fair hearing and witnesses to speak on their behalf. And the first Judge was a woman called Deborah. The Vatican might want to consider that , all dressed up in dresses and homosexual perversions, and sexual abuse against children! They are an abomination.As Rand Paul said….. is this Alice in Wonderland? Verdict first? A Papal trial by ordeal? This is barbaric! And so the USA founded on the principles of real Christian and Hebrew law, ( Not Judaic law that replaced it with King, Temple and High priest) real common law, as written in the Constitution and Bill of Rights has been swept aside and the Papal Inquisition and the Judaic Zionist Supremacy once again rules.

    Posted by Gail | March 10, 2013, 3:19 pm
    • Good call. I take only one issue in your comment. In my opinion, AmeriKa is a phony “Christian” country, period. From allowing the Central Banks to practice UN-Christian usury, allowing their rogue government to establish and maintain 700 combat ready military bases in 130 nations around the globe, embracing homosexuality….. This, (roflmao, sorry, the next few words always crack me up), icon of human rights and liberty is in reality blessed, not by the father of the murdered Christ, but Lucifer himself. For the most part, this nation of “faux” Christians are delusional and as they happily march off to slaughter their 2nd million, third millions etc for the designated terrorist,illegal/immoral nation of Israel….they’ll “toot” their own horns as they begin to experience FIRST hand what this government has been visiting upon the world under orders from their masters at AIPAC, the Federal reserve and Wall Street almost from it’s inception.

      Posted by paschn | March 10, 2013, 8:19 pm
  13. I like your insight Gail.

    Posted by Ron Norris | March 12, 2013, 9:46 am
  14. You are right about the circle the cash laden far right fascist’s and the cash laden tree hugging communists together at the top of the pyramid agree on this one issue. They realize and understand capitalism is not (now here is the key word) “”sustainable””‘. The fascist and the tree hugger’s know this! They have have different goals but the same action is required to achieve both. The fascist want to keep their money and power and have no desire to use up the finite resources on useless feeders (world population) like you. They want it all for their children and the tree huggers want to save the earth from us, the people of the earth. They both want to see Indians hunting buffalo as they drive down I80 crystal clean waters and air (who doesn’t) just manufacturing enough technology to supply the top %. The rest of us are as good as dead…We are no longer needed in vast numbers to build the pyramid for them, technology has replaces us..

    They are going to kill most of us all off. War ? bird flu? They have the technology… If you put yourself in their shoes.. think you don’t have a choice. If the world is allowed to continue the path we are on we will start running out of resources and pollute the planet then it will crash and burn in anarchy. The US at its height of standard of living used up 50% of the “worlds” resource and “products”… 300 million people used 1/2 of all the worlds resources… Do you think they plan on supping that standard of living to the world?? THEY CANT!!!! This would result in anarchy and the 1% going down with the rest of us….. They will not allow that to happen…. at some point they will kill us… To keep what they have or to save the earth they both agree this..

    Their is only 2 outcomes we all go down or 1% kills of the 99% and buys x amount of time more until the resources run out or they find something sustainable.?.. Of course this is all in hopes of replacing the finite resources with something sustainable…. either way 90% should be aware of what has to come out of all this…………………… anarchy and collapse of civilization… or controlled culling preserving resource technology and the 1%…. Personally id rather take my chances with anarchy and collapse. I least you have a chance of survival.

    Will you lay down to allow the 1% the future?

    Posted by NoNameWorker | March 12, 2013, 3:54 pm
  15. Politics moves as more than one circle. Straight lines can be said as to be manipulated and put into a circle of sorts. As such, one can triangulate and, hmm, complete the square with them. All leading nonetheless to a political spectrum. Your words are taken with interest. That being said, politics in the spherical sense you spoke of, can also merge into the Venn Diagram with many participants. Remembering that all politics are local, many political others cannot break into the circle for their speech is not allowed. Think of where it is and then remember that parrots are necessary not matter where they perch and the United States of America can still bark and hunt…not to forget laying still unless assaulted in some fashion. Ruff!

    Posted by the thistle | March 16, 2013, 9:05 pm

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