For the poor, disparaged souls who make it their business to observe and comment on America’s woeful political circus, it is glaringly obvious that the Republican Party is wholly-owned and operated by the billionaire oil magnates the Koch brothers. The GOP are not just the mouthpiece of Charles and David Koch, it is a surrogate and plainly speaking, every vote for any Republican is a vote for the Koch brothers regardless the political office. This past weekend at a political strategy conference administered by the Kochs, Charles Koch launched into campaign mode and “compared ‘his’ influence over U.S. elections to America’s historical freedom movements.”
As the Republican Party’s lead oligarch, Charles Koch did what all Republicans are trained to do from an early age and lied about why he is crusading to buy and then abolish America’s government. He said, “Look at the American revolution, the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement, all of these struck a moral chord with the American people. They all sought to overcome an injustice. And we, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back.” In the Koch brothers’ libertarian minds, the injustice holding “their” country back is a functioning government; the same government that ended slavery, gave women the right to vote, enacted civil rights laws, and protect Americans’ freedoms from monsters like the Kochs.
According to the Kochs, their “crusade to eliminate government” is founded on their intense desire to protect Americans’ freedoms by giving a precious gift to the nation’s poorest Americans. It is likely why the billionaire fascists direct Republicans to “correct injustices” by eliminating the minimum wage, ending overtime pay, wiping out education, abolishing healthcare, eliminating pensions, annihilating workplace protections, eradicating voting rights, and abolishing all regulatory agencies. However, the Kochs are not only about obliterating government, because they do support and direct their Republican representatives to use federal and state governments to privatize the criminal justice system, ban women’s reproductive health choices, and restrict participation in the electoral process to white evangelicals too stupid to understand they are voting for their own demise; unless they are filthy rich and own corporations. That is the Kochs’ idea of restoring “freedoms” to Americans and “helping” America’s poor population overcome injustices and why they are campaigning as “advocates for the poor” being held back by an unjust government.
Everything Charles Koch said is a lie, and infuriating, but maybe none more than comparing the Kochs’ drive to eradicate government to the Civil Rights movement. The Kochs and their legislative arm the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have long wanted to put an end to free and fair elections, including abolishing the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and campaign finance laws. Since 2010 they have led and funded the Republican effort to “disproportionately suppress” voting rights of students, the elderly, the poor, and particularly people of color; because they do not support Republicans panting to put an end to the government. In fact, through their political arm Americans for Prosperity, the Kochs have pushed Republican-controlled states to reject Medicaid expansion because it predominately affects poor and low-wage African Americans in predominately Southern states from having access to medical care; it is the Koch way of advocating for the poor.
As part of their “gift” to poor Americans, the Kochs have also heavily-funded Republican efforts to oppose raising the minimum wage, or championing abolishing it outright; even though raising the minimum will certainly lift millions upon millions of African Americans and Latino workers out of poverty. However, that is not what the Kochs’ advocacy of the poor, especially poor people of color, is about because the Kochs are blatant racists. In fact, in past Koch political strategy conferences, the billionaire white brothers hosted speakers renowned for their “explicitly racist views” which is why the Koch’s comparing their libertarian crusade against the government to the Civil Rights movement is an outrage they are fortunate does not evoke a well-warranted violent reaction from any decent human being.
At the Koch summit just last year, the brothers celebrated their special keynote speaker, Charles Murray, who achieved notoriety and high praise for arguing vehemently that African Americans and Latinos are “genetically inferior to white people” and deserve second-class status Republicans work tirelessly to condemn them to; another Koch gift to America’s poor they are willing to spend nearly a billion dollars to see reaches fruition.
This is not the first time Charles Koch promoted him and his brother’s effort to dismantle government, and everything it provides for Americans, as the billionaire’s altruistic attempt to help the poor. Last year Charles Koch penned a “woe is me” op-ed and complained bitterly that President Barack Obama is “stealing his freedom” because the wealthy oil magnate is a tireless advocate for the poor. The only regard Charles or David Koch have for the poor is keeping them in poverty and subjugated to the rich at any cost. The new cost is $889 billion to install a Koch surrogate in the White House to rubber-stamp Koch legislation abolishing every aspect of government; beginning with agencies and programs created specifically to help the poor.
The fact that Koch openly boasted he is campaigning to influence government based on his advocacy for the poor, something he claims that he, and he alone, understands is an affront to common decency. According to the Kochs, only they advance principles that enable people to improve their lives and that fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law, and personal freedom are under attack by the government with an African American as President.
It is why he, Charles Koch, is campaigning lead America and “restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans;” something he claims he has fought valiantly to restore for more than 50 years. Last year Koch said, “A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value,” and that “any government should fail that disrespects its citizens.” The only people who disrespect Americans, particularly people of color, the poor, elderly, and middle class Americans, are the Koch brothers and their surrogates in the Republican Party who crusade to fulfill the Kochs’ goal of unrestricted injustice that is precisely what America without a government will be.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.