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Over in the Ron Paul collective, on-line and off-line, the angling between grassroots and professional/’regular’ “Libery Inc” folks organizing in defense of Rand Paul continues; quite a bit of tension has occurred over Randal Paul’s trip to Israel, paid for by one David Lane, a prominent Evangelical, not related to The Order.
Back in the ‘80s, the “conservative” Jesse Helms, recently fresh off travel with Larry McDonald*—if he took a different flight, went to Israel and ‘converted’ to the cause of foreign aid at the Wailing Wall—the humiliation on the Alt Right of the time should put Rand’s quaint trip in some perspective.
And in that light, reading about Rand’s designation for his trip to Israel as “The Plague Tour” , and poking fun at his benefactor’s trip, he asked for the Guns N Roses version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” a song that originally appeared on the soundtrack for the NASCAR/Tom Cruise film, “Days of Thunder” and then on Use Your Illusion II. (The song was a staple of the original ‘88 Appetite for Destruction Tour, if far more punk anthem in style.) There is a certain amiable gonzo quality to this tour, and one cannot help but entertain the notion of a certain calculation on Rand’s part.
And of course, Bob Dylan wrote the song from the perspective of Billy the Kid for the Sam Peckinpah film, “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.”
Billy the Kid was famously pardoned by the Governor of New Mexico, Lew Wallace, who was then busy writing Ben Hur; Wallace failed to deliver on the pardon despite Billy providing his end of the bargain, promised testimony against corruption.
*The link reprints a 1984 story from Hustler Magazine on the death of Larry McDonald. I have written on the pre-internet distribution channel of ‘men’s’ magazines and alt. journalism in the past and point out another example.