Koch Brothers As Freedom Fighters
Surreal Rebranding Dept: Just like Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks and other "freedom movements" before them, the noble Koch Brothers told 450 followers this weekend, they are "seeking to right injustices” in order to create "a truly free society" that will no longer "enrich the haves at the expense of the have nots,” so please help them "save our country” by adding to the almost $900 million they've already spent to elect people who will continue to screw the poor and make the rich richer and kill the planet. The billionaire Kochs spoke Sunday at a political summit for conservative mega-donors and GOP presidential candidates held at a California oceanside resort and sponsored by their own Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit that oversees their network of right-wing groups bundling money - currently $889 million - for the 2016 election. Huge banners decorating the hall proclaimed the greatness of the Kochs. For the first time, a few press outlets were invited; ground rules dictating they didn't reveal any donor names pretty much rendered pointless the notion of "press coverage," but nine went anyway.
Charles Koch told the glittering assemblage that his network of powerful, well-funded, truth-dodging, often racist groups fighting tooth-and-nail for corporate privilege and voter ID laws and against minimum wage laws, Medicaid expansion and action on climate change are exactly like "the American revolution, the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement." Said Koch, "They all sought to overcome an injustice. And we, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back. History demonstrates that when the American people get motivated by an issue of justice, that they believe is just, extraordinary things can be accomplished, and that’s the message for all of us.”
Most bizarrely, Charles Koch called for the end of "corporate cronyism" - say what?!? - which is “creating a permanent underclass, crippling our economy and corrupting the business community - present company excepted, of course.” Ha ha, good one. Thankfully, the Republican candidates present kept the wacko and weirdness quotient up there. Ted Cruz: “The men and women in this room spilled gallons of blood and spent your fortunes retaking the Senate.” Carly Fiorina: These are “people of great accomplishment and intellect and patriotism... They've invested in the power of ideas. They’ve invested in the power of ground games. They’ve invested in the power of lifting people up.”
So many questions, so little time. Who are these people? Do they really believe the crap they spout, and do they really believe we, the people, are gullible enough to? We're not going to let them run and ruin our country, are we? And where is George Orwell when we need him? We have, at least, his words: "Political language (is) designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." And, "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
Bonus: See a hapless Scott Walker get pranked by climate change activists, who had him pose before what turned out to be a huge fake $900 million check from the Koch brothers.