Romney Supporter Resorts to Violence

TW Contributor

Guillermo Jimenez

tracesofreality.com

A Ron Paul delegate, Nethaniel Henderson, was assaulted by who he described as a Mitt Romney supporter during Friday’s general session of the Republican Party of Texas State Convention in the arena of the Fort Worth Convention Center.

The incident occurred during Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s speech at the assembly. The situation became tense when she announced her support for the “Republican Party’s nominee” Mitt Romney. A statement many Ron Paul supporters found to be offensive, considering the amount of time, effort, and expense put into organizing and turning out their sizable delegation.

The dueling mix of applause and boos as the Senator spoke ultimately led to at least one recorded incident of physical violence. Efforts to identify the man who struck Nethaniel by name were unsuccessful.

Commentary: It should be noted that this incident took place the day after Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky and son of Ron Paul, announced his endorsement of Mitt Romney.  Undoubtedly, this had many Paul supporters, disappointed by the news, on edge and understandably emotional.

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Matrix of Terms: False Left-Right Paradigm

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Our first entry in the Matrix of Terms Series we will define what a false left-right paradigm is. In order to understand what this false paradigm is we must comprehend how a true paradigm is defined.

According to anthropology and political science, a left-right paradigm is a natural gravitation in society for people to divide into ideological opposites. A major proponent of this theory is a social anthropologist named Rodney Needham from Britain who believed that this was a basic human device. One can do further study into this subject with Needham’s 1973 work “Right and Left: Essays in Dual Symbolic Classification” (University of Chicago).

A false left-right paradigm is essentially two opposing groups who give the illusion of hopelessly polarizing worldviews but in reality, they share common goals in the overall scope of things (such as the direction of our country towards a global system). Usually these groups disagree on smaller divisive matters, which maybe real, to manipulate and rally the public behind one side or the other. The basic idea behind this practice is to keep people divided, powerless, and to maintain overall influence within their sphere. The Roman Empire was experts at this tool and although they no longer physically rule, their concepts still live. The false paradigm masterfully uses important issues like abortion, gay marriage, entitlement programs, etc. to distract the masses while they bulldoze bills, executive orders, contracts, etc. that usually constrict our freedom and destroy the sovereignty of our country.

The groups that use this tactic also are funded or influenced by many of the same organizations and institutions. It should be no surprise then, when one looks at former associations, donations, and other forms of support we find international financiers, corporations, etc. either running these groups or being benefitted in some way by them. A good example of this is in the European political system we see former Goldman-Sachs officials filling in positions of unelected power to help fix the financial crisis they helped create. The same example is true in America. Goldman-Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and people from the Federal Reserve fill in positions of authority. A simple investigation of presidential appointments within various administrations and with whom they surround themselves exposes a gaggle of technocrats and elitists.

The most common examples we see of the false left-right paradigm in Western politics are Democrats vs. Republicans, Liberal vs. Conservative, and as the term suggest Left wing vs. Right wing. Nowhere is the dynamic tension more apparent then what we see in the mainstream news. Many times, we see video clips of congressional debates or talk radio rants criticizing one group over another but once the cameras are gone, the doors are closed, the real nature of their relationships are revealed. A good example of this was the issue of raising the debt ceiling. When no one was quite as concerned about it there was a consensus between the two parties that it would have to happen. However, just as little as five months later the Republicans made a spectacle of it. This was nothing more then a dog and pony show because Harry Reid said earlier, “I want the Republicans to have some buy-in on the debt…They’re going to have a majority in the House. I think they should have some kind of a buy-in on the debt.” So there we have it, they knew they had to do this, they knew the Democrats had taken the dissension last time, and it was the Republicans turn to do the same. The false paradigm performs this same theatrics on any issue they want to steer. One side plays the “good guys” and the other side plays the “bad guys” depending on whose turn it is.

If we were to put forth a concise definition, it might read something like this: “A false left-right paradigm is a political stratagem that uses people’s natural propensity to belong to a like-minded group to drive public opinion and to change policies and laws to benefit their handler’s interests.