Some leftists and rightists agree that our country has been hijacked by the CIA. According to Kevin Shipp, ex-CIA member and author of the book From the Company of Shadows—the CIA and the NSA represent the Shadow Government which is at the top of the pyramid, and the military-industrial-congressional complex represents the Deep State that is below the Shadow Government. Kevin Shipp has made several YouTube videos. The two I list here and here show him speaking to audiences that could be described as conservative constitutionalists, but some progressive and leftist websites are also encouraging readers to watch these videos.
There are both leftists and rightists who agree that JFK was killed in 1963 because he was a threat to the Shadow Government. Many on the left and the right agree that 9/11 was an inside job, and they agree that most Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate do not represent the will of the people. Many from both groups believe that Russia is now being demonized in the mainstream media mostly because it is considered the biggest threat to the neoliberal or neoconservative foreign policy agenda.
There are both leftists and rightists who are critical of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Federal Reserve. There are both leftists and rightists who oppose the globalist agenda of billionaire financiers such as George Soros. Many leftists and rightists think that individuals like the Bushes, the Clintons, Obama, Chuck Schumer, and John McCain are sympathetic to the military-industrial complex.
Corporations like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, and Raytheon contribute $700,000 a year to each of the 48 members of the Congressional Armed Service Committee. Our government pays out one trillion dollars a year to the military-industrial complex. The United States is the biggest arms dealer in the world; many of us already knew that.
Kevin Shipp says there are now 10,000 secret government sites in the United States, and even select members of Congress do not know about all of them. There are 1,271 major contractors working for the secret government. There are 4.8 million Americans that we know of that have government security clearances; 900,000 have top secret clearances.
There really is no more privacy; there is now massive domestic surveillance. An enormous NSA Utah data bank has email and phone information on every U.S. citizen. According to several articles, dated July 31, 2014, John Brennan admitted that the CIA improperly hacked into Senate computers.
Trump once said he was going to investigate 9/11 and the CIA. After Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show recently shared with Chuck Schumer one of Trump’s tweets, Schumer then said, “If you cross the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”
Why don’t more members of the CIA come out and expose its illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional actions? Every CIA employee signs a secrecy agreement when first hired, which means that he or she is not allowed to testify in a court of law or before Congress about any classified information, even if it breaks the law or goes against the constitution. If the CIA does not want the public to know about any of its covert activities, all it has to do is identify the information as classified or top secret, using the state secrets privilege.
Kevin Shipp states that 9/11 was labeled a terrorist event, which stopped any criminal investigation right in its tracks. When CIA director Allen Dulles was fired by JFK for not informing JFK ahead of time of the failed Cuban Bay of Pigs invasion, later it was Allen Dulles (a Deep Stater) who was appointed by Lyndon Johnson to be a member of the Warren Commission, which investigated JFK’s assassination. Shipp and others too have said that this was like putting the fox in charge of the hen house.
How do leftists and rightists differ? Many rightists are climate change deniers. They do not believe in the U.N. Sustainable Development goals. Some believe that vaccines cause autism. Some rightists believe that some of the globalists are Satanists and are into child pornography. Some believe that the government is interfering with the weather with sinister intentions. Most rightists believe in capitalism. Many believe that the Rapture or Second Coming of Jesus is imminent. Many rightists believe that the U.S. Constitution, first implemented in 1789 with the presidency of George Washington, is a sacred document that largely does not need to be changed. Many rightists still support Donald Trump. Rightists tend to be fearful of Islam.
Many Leftists, on the other hand, believe that climate change is caused by human behavior. They believe that alternatives to fossil fuels are urgently needed. Many don’t believe that vaccines cause autism, or that the government is interfering with the weather for sinister purposes. Many support the U.N. Sustainable Development goals.
True Leftists, as opposed to neoliberal “Progressive” Democrats, often advocate socialism. Some Greens support capitalism, but the Left Greens don’t. Most socialists would tolerate the small capitalistic mom and pop grocery store on the corner. Many liberals and progressives and a few leftists have shown interest in Eastern religions and mindfulness meditation. Leftists are more likely to believe that the U.S. Constitution should be rewritten periodically to change with the times, and they believe that a distinction must be made between Islam and radical Islam.
Many leftists believe that Trump is a representative of the capitalist ruling class, and he is already caving into the Deep State with all the military generals he has added to his staff. Have any U.S. presidents not been imperialists?
So, in spite of all these significant differences between leftists and rightists, why not encourage them to unite in order to abolish the CIA, when it is obvious that the two groups have many important common beliefs? Abolishing the CIA and maybe the NSA too, would be a major accomplishment. But considering the best future scenario, as all idealists are inclined to do—the truly democratic solution for this paradoxical consensus between leftists and rightists is to take all money out of politics and empower the 7 largest national political parties and give a voice to any national political party that has captured at least one percent of the American vote. There are enough leftists and rightists who would support this.
Thus, considering the current mindset of Americans and what parties they would join if they were convinced that voting for a third party would not be throwing their votes away—the 7 largest political parties could be the Constitution Party, the Republican Party, the Libertarian Party, the Democratic Party, the Green Party, the Socialist Party, and the Communist Party.
Moreover, both leftists and rightists are rightly fearful of any type of top-down, globalist agenda orchestrated by elitist billionaires. However, both leftists and rightists need to understand that a democratic world government could be a good thing if (and only if) it is built from the bottom-up. A democratic world government could be properly formed if it is the will of the majority of all citizens in every country. Of course, if it is set up democratically, it could also be disassembled democratically, if the majority of world citizens later had a change of heart. Totally abolishing nuclear weapons from the face of the earth and making sure that no country becomes an empire or becomes underdeveloped are compassionate values and sustainable goals.
Personally, I like the Socialist Party, USA and the Democratic Socialists of America. DSA membership has now increased to 25,000 with the rise of Bernie Sanders, but many socialists say that Bernie Sanders is more a social democrat than a democratic socialist. I don’t know any socialists who think Obama is a socialist. I am a reformist socialist, but I study the revolutionary socialists and their political parties as well.
If leftists and rightists working together can get the CIA abolished, it will be a new and glorious day. If readers will watch videos like Kevin Shipp’s and encourage friends and family members to do the same—that will help raise people’s awareness. Time will tell who is right and what is correct about some of the subjects that leftists and rightists currently disagree on. But often leftists and rightists just have different values, which can be subjected to and settled by the democratic majority-rule process. A true democracy can only exist if all citizens are fully informed.
Ultimately, if there are 7 candidates from 7 national political parties competing in presidential debates, it will dramatically widen the spectrum of viewpoints that American voters can consider. That would be so refreshing. Then, for the very first time, we could have a democratic society.
Roger Copple retired from teaching general elementary and high school special education in Indianapolis in 2010. His website is www.NowSaveTheWorld.com.