Bernie Sanders Exposes How The Koch Primary Is Undermining American Democracy

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) isn’t letting the Koch secret meeting go by unnoticed. In a statement, Sanders connected the dots between Citizens United and the Koch brothers primary that several potential Republican candidates are taking part in this weekend.

Sen. Sanders said, “Americans used to think Iowa and New Hampshire held the first caucus and primary in the nation every four years. Not anymore. Now the ‘Koch brothers primary’ goes first to determine who wins the blessing and financial backing of the billionaire class. This is truly sad and shows us how far Citizens United has gone to undermine American democracy.”

Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) are all speaking a secret Koch conference this weekend to make their pitch for the millions of billionaire dollars that will required to fuel their 2016 Republican presidential campaigns. The connection between the Koch agenda and governing became obvious when Sen. Mitch McConnell cut off debate on the Keystone XL pipeline so that Republican senators could get to the Koch meeting.

Campaign finance is a very complicated issue, but what isn’t complicated is the direct connection between the conservative billionaires campaign contributions and the way the Republicans run Congress. The outsized influence of billionaires on the left and right is bad for our electoral process, but there is a direct relationship between the Koch money and Republican policies. The Koch brothers have bought the Republican Party.

The impact of their purchase is that it won’t be Republican voters who decide which candidate will represent them in 2016. The Koch brothers and a handful of billionaires will pick their nominee in secret conferences and meetings. Once the Kochs have a nominee, the choice for voters will be between the Koch agenda disguised as the Republican Party and the Democratic candidate.

America is quickly moving towards a system of governance where voters choose between a candidate funded by oligarchs and the Democrats. This is a sad state of affairs for the country’s representative democracy, and the biggest reason Citizens United must be overturned.

17 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Exposes How The Koch Primary Is Undermining American Democracy”

  1. It gets even worse. On Sunday morning the gobshites of ABC will broadcast with Johnathon”emails from Benghaziiiii”Karl a gabfast of the most bovine excrement known to man since the devil made me do it to the nation.

    Welcome to the new era of dumbfukistan

  2. Interesting. Rachel Maddow had a segment on this very thing.

    Her take was that although the meeting was secret, the fact that it became public knowledge was a change in how the Koch brothers had decided to come out of the shadows.

    My take on it was they had been outed for so long, they might as well quit pretending they weren’t the Republican handlers.

    She also pointed out that by inviting Rubio, Paul and Cruz to be speaker at this meeting, that the brothers were indicating who they would be supporting for a run at presidency.

    Neither Bush, nor Romney were invited. Apparently they aren’t far enough right for the brothers. Or crazy enough.

    IMO, it doesn’t make any difference who becomes the Republican candidate. After Boehner’s grandstanding, a Republican doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of being elected.

  3. Oxfam: Wealth of the one percent will exceed that of the rest of humanity in 2016

    Wealth accumulated by the richest one percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world’s most powerful at Davos, Switzerland.
    “The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast,” Oxfam executive director Winnie Byanyima said.
    http://www.france24.com/en/20150119-oxfam-davos-richest-one-percent-gap/

  4. This a Good thing ,the very failures being seen 95% is because of Mob Democracy where after about Nov 1928 congress let be created and or unconstitutional restraints agency’s and appointees such with the creation of unconstitutional amdenstration law to thus act like a system unto its own and by passing the constitutional order to let such be bound by and to or only effect the creation of law of the congress. Citing the EPA FDA ATF IRS and so much of DOJ we see in the news in sub commitity debates raither the full context of a congressional vote of rebuke to call to order. Obama says the most important job in a democracy is the job of citizen, Just after the completion and signing of the Constitution, in reply to a woman’s inquiry as to the type of government the Founders had created, Benjamin Franklin said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” http://www.c4cg.org/republic.htm Please Correct me if I am wrong

  5. Hi Patricia, I would have agreed with you on a Republican’s chances of being elected president were very slim

    I am not so sure anymore with all the Republican Senators and Congresspersons that swept into the leadership of both Senate and House. I was totally wrong about the American voters and dumbfounded by their support of policies against their best interests. I still can’t believe anyone could have ignored and or forgiven all of the destructive and expensive policies Republicans took against all of us they even shut down the government because they didn’t get their way.

    Even more disturbing is the Koch brother’s strategy of buying local elections at the state and municipal levels. The Kochs bought more politicians at every level of government than ever possible before in US history.

    Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy politicians at every level of government, most people are not paying attention to local races and the Kochs will change our country from the …

  6. Isn’t it ironic these idiots have to come to beautiful warm Palm Springs in BLUE California for their hatred meeting?
    ​I hope Palm Springs overcharged them for EVERYTHING.

    They probably paid homage to all the Eisenhower medical clinics on Gerald Ford drive on their way to the Betty Ford rehab center.

  7. Was that English or a random string of buzzwords and GOP soundbytes?

    Is Bruce Anderson a pseudonym for Sarah Palin?

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