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Why is the Left called "the Left?" Why is the Right called "the Right?"

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Pose either of these seemingly simple queries to Google the all-knowing, and the absence of unequivocal answers about the fundamental underpinnings of our political system is as unnerving for some as it should be revealing for all.

Wikipedia—the online encyclopedia wannabe where almost anyone can post almost anything and have it held out as fact until someone with the right combination of brains and balls openly and "properly" protests otherwise—claims the left/right distinctions originated with the French Revolution of 1789, when members of the National Assembly divided into supporters of the King seated to the president’s right, and supporters of the Revolution seated to his left.

If correct, then knowing their heritage is that of being loyal supporters of the status quo might come as a big surprise for (the non-affluent grassroots level of) the modern "Right," while questions about which side should be hosting our contemporary Tea Parties would certainly be raised in the minds of (the few not yet sold out in) the modern "Left."

But be ye Leftist Radical or Rightist Reactionary (to further the obfuscation), have no fear! Wikipedia has no more clue about the differences between "the Left" and "the Right" than they do about the distinctions between "Bikers Rights" and "Motorcycling Advocacy."

So allow me to offer this alternative—albeit none the more palatable—clarification: America was never a pure democracy.

Although founded as a republic, what few vestiges of the republic that remained after George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law following the 9/11 false flag attacks were vitiated by the Supreme Court’s "Citizens United v. FEC" decision last year. So now, as always, but more absolutely than ever before...


"The Man" has two hands: A Left hand, and a Right hand. And so long as we expend all our political energies squabbling over which puppets the Man places on which hand (he doesn’t really care, after all ... they’re puppets!), so long will we all live under the control and at the pleasure and mercy of "the Man." ALL ON THE LEFT ... ALL ON THE RIGHT ... ALL ON THE GULF ... AND ALL COAST TO COAST.

Bruce Arnold


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