When it comes to assault on American freedoms, few terrorists — if any — are more dangerous than Charles and David Koch — the energy magnates who use their checkbooks as weapons of mass distraction to finance threats against Democracy.
The Koch brothers are modern-day robber barons — rabid right wing billionaires who finance phony grassroots operations like the Tea Party to impose their own repressive, freedom-squelching views upon a gullible electorate led into a sea of ignorance by fake promises of returning power to the people and fighting the establishment.
As owners of one of the largest privately-held conglomerates in the world, the Kochs fund scams created by crafty consultants, creating sham organizations to further their power-grabbing goals to put control of the government into the hands of the uber-rich while convincing their sadly-ignorant followers that its all for the common good.
I know the Kochs. I met them while one of the consulting firms that helped create some of their phony grassroots operations like Citizens for a Sound Economy, which morphed into former GOP Congressman Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks and — ultimately — the Tea Party.
The Kochs controlled the private, always-behind-closed-doors energy advisory group formed by then Vice President Dick Cheney, the Darth Vader of George W. Bush‘s Constitution-destroying cartel. As their behind-the-scenes power and influence grew, they became the dominant force in the GOP’s hidden agenda to control government that long ago ceased to be by, for or of the people.
The brothers — with a net worth of about $21.5 billion each — have the power and the insider influence to get what they want without regard to the law, ethics or common decency.
For example, a recent 8,400-word story fawning over the Kochs in the Weekly Standard was written by Matthew Continetti, who accepted a fellowship from a foundation funded by the Kochs.
Until recently, the Kochs operated pretty much in the dark. Most of the American public never heard of Koch Industries or the two brothers who seek to control the political agenda of this nation.
That has changed, primarily because the spotlight of public scrutiny began to take a closer look at who these two are and what their hidden agenda.
No longer secret is their efforts to help Wisconsin GOP Governor Scott Walker bust public employee unions. No longer secret is their attempts to undermine environmental laws. No longer secret is their annual gathering of rabid right wingers each year at expensive resorts to work on their “agenda for America.” Gleen Beck is a frequent speaker at these gatherings. That should give everyone an idea of the extremism of the Kochs and their followers.
Angered by the glare of life in the spotlight, the Kochs have hired an army of crisis communications consultants to craft a public relations campaign to try and protect their image. The Weekly Standard puff piece was part of that effort.
The Kochs promote an agenda of hate, of intolerance and repression. They are homophobic, racist manipulators who see America as something they and their wealthy friends should own and control.
When you strip away the fancy suits and the high–priced consultants, the Kochs are nothing more than terrorists who use their checkbooks as a weapon.
And in the hands of despotic billionaires, a checkbook can be the most dangerous weapon of all.
- Did Scott Walker and the Kochs overplay their hand in Wisconsin? (capitolhillblue.com)
- Koch Kookery, Kon and Pro: A Roundup (reason.com)
- Matthew Continetti: Calling Evil Good (crooksandliars.com)
- Kochs lash out at ‘dangerous’ critics, ‘radical’ Obama (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Will New Koch sell? (politico.com)
- Andrew C: Billionaire self-pity and the Koch brothers – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com (salon.com)
- Irony Alert: Koch Brothers Call Critics Extremists (firedoglake.com)
- A look back at some of the Koch Brother’s Shenanigans in our American Politics (fredericacade.wordpress.com)
- David Koch and Rupert Murdoch have plenty of water boys like Scott Walker (iflizwerequeen.com)
- See Scott (Brown). See Scott Beg (from Koch. For $$). Beg, Scott, Beg [Mike the Mad Biologist] (scienceblogs.com)
- “Koch grew huge by stealing oil from Indian reservations” and related posts (markcrispinmiller.com)