Kochs And ALEC Make War Against Americans And Pope Francis Public

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Republicans love wars, and over the past decade it appears it does not matter one iota who they are at war with; just so they get to wreak death and destruction on human beings. Oh it is true they love little more than waging war against Muslims on behalf of their ‘most favored’ nation, Israel, but because they are ”the structurally violent segment of society,” they also love waging war on Americans.   Part and parcel of the Republican war on Americans is borne of their godly devotion to the Koch brothers and their dirty fossil fuel industry, but now the Kochs have abandoned working behind the scenes and are openly expanding their war against the people and the Pope.

The final straw was the official adoption of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan this week that incited the enemies of clean air, the economy, the Pope, and the people prepared their substantial forces to prevent America from reducing the amount of carbon it produces to stem the devastation of anthropogenic climate change. The war became official when at long last, mainstream media reported that the Koch brothers’ legislative arm, the American Legal Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity openly vowed to “stop the CPP’s implementation” at all costs.

The Washington Post reported that the Kochs’ and their fossil fuel industry underlings intend on launching a rash of initiatives at the state and local level to stop the CPP implementation in Congress, the courts, and state legislatures and country governments. At the local level, the Koch brothers directed their legislative arm ALEC to convene a special task force comprised of fossil-fuel interests and electricity producers. The Koch task force rapidly “approved model legislation to be sent to state and local governments around the nation giving them ‘special authority’ to ‘expedite approval of resources to challenge the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.”

Expedite approval of resources is typical ALEC-speak for legislation giving Republicans unchallenged authority to transfer taxpayer dollars allotted for education, transportation, and healthcare into a giant legal fund to challenge, and block, CPP implementation in the courts; all to keep those same taxpayers breathing foul air and suffering harsher droughts, more intense, larger wildfires, and more severe weather events. Americans should never making the mistake of thinking the Kochs are at war solely with the Obama Administration or the Environmental Protection Agency although they are prime targets; this war is fundamentally against the American people who will be around long after the Obama Administration is termed out. However, the people should not feel they are being singled out by the Kochs; the oil magnates have also publicly opened up a battle front against Pope Francis over his audacity of hope that world governments will address climate change.

Within a day or so of the Pope’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, the Koch brothers unleashed their oil industry funded punditry and belief tanks to attack the Papal pronouncement. It is noteworthy that everything in the Papal statement was not only relevant to serving the people, and founded solely on empirical scientific data, it was completely consistent with “Catholics concern for helping the poor” and that “environmental stewardship is an important part of the Catholic faith.” According to various Koch surrogates, the Pope’s encyclical contradicting all Catholic principles and like his regard for the poor of the world, concern about climate change makes him a “bad Catholic.” In great part, the Koch’s industry talking heads are advancing the idea that Pope Francis is a bad Catholic because by calling for action on climate, the Pope is deliberately causing harm on the world’s poor and he is intent on increasing their numbers and sending them deeper into poverty; especially in America. The Koch’s plan of attack is portraying the Pope, climate scientists, and President Obama as working in concert to increase poverty in America as part of a “fanatical agenda and regressive form of taxation.”

For example, although the poorest people in the world are most affected by climate change, a Cato Institute op-ed said the Pope calling for action on climate change will  “cause so much harm to so many, especially the poor and downtrodden.” The Heritage Foundation’s Steve Moore wrote that “The embrace of governmental action that underlies many of the Pope’s statements would not lift up the poor, but condemn them to more poverty and less freedom. Consider the climate change fanatics’ agenda.” In the Koch and Exxon-funded Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), an industry advocate asserted that “climate-related restrictions harm poor families far more than climate change will.” It is not that the Kochs, conservatives, or the fossil fuel industry has ever cared about the poor anywhere, but it is beyond refute that the poor suffer the brunt of climate change’s effects which is precisely why the Pope is taking action.

In a recent United Nations report it clearly stated, and gave empirical evidence, that climate change “risks disproportionately affect the world’s poor.” The World Health Organization reported that the impacts of climate change are already “exacerbating poverty in developing countries,” and that in countries with gross income inequality like America, poor households will be “particularly affected due to increasing food prices.” Americans should not underestimate just how much food prices are going to rise due to drought conditions, especially in California, and should consider that there is no life-sustaining benefit from pouring more carbon into the atmosphere. It is something that President Obama and Pope Francis certainly consider in advocating for action on climate change; even if the President’s Clean Power Plan is not nearly as robust as it could, and should be; but any action is better than none and that is why the Kochs have publicly unleashed ALEC, Americans for Prosperity, and Republicans to wage an all-out war on the Pope and the People.

For the first time it appears that mainstream media is finally reporting that the Koch brothers’ legislative arm ALEC is moving into the open to prevent any action on climate change. Now all that remains is for the Koch-Republican Congress to publicly denounce the Pope like the Kochs’ oil industry and accuse him of being a “bad Catholic” and deliberately creating more poverty and misery for the poor of the world. In a clever move, Senate Democrats are giving Republicans a chance to condemn the Pope with a resolution supporting the Papal encyclical on the environment. It will not win the war, or even a battle, but it will clearly delineate the combatants in the war against Americans and there is little doubt that Republicans will publicly align with the Kochs. And why wouldn’t they? It is war, it serves the Koch brothers, it will harm Americans, and if they can demean and defeat the Vicar of Christ for advocating for the poor, then it will be a very good Republican war.

30 Replies to “Kochs And ALEC Make War Against Americans And Pope Francis Public”

  1. …the Kochs and thier Kochsuckers are only the kind of “Christian” that ignores the teachings of Jesus Christ…which is to say…they ain’t…

  2. The fossil fuel people will lose. Yes, it will take a decade for that to happen, but they will lose. Sanity seems to always be late to the party but eventually even arrogant America will have to accept the inevitable move toward clean (er) energy sources.

  3. Yes they will lose. Fossil Fuel will eventually run out.

    But how many more of us will lose in that bargain as well?

  4. As a Catholic, it offends me greatly that these two filthy mammonists call themselves Catholic. The only things they worship are money and power.

  5. Americans in general refuse to look outside your borders to see what’s happening in other countries. Germany, the most economically successful of all countries in the European Union, reported that they now get 78% of their energy needs from non-fossil fuels, thus greatly reducing their reliance on Russion oil and gas.
    Is it stupidity or just plain arrogance? Or perhaps the signaling of the entrenchment of the American oligarchy?

  6. Well, since they want to challenge the Pope on climate change, it’s their funeral.

    It’s damn near suicide to say that the Pope is a bad Catholic. Are they that freaking crazy?!?

    (Don’t answer it, people. I was being rhetorical)

  7. I said over a week ago here, that given the choice of following Pope Francis or following the GOP, 75% of republicans will goose step right along with the GOP!! listen, I don’t have a ax to grind against catholics but I know good and damn well, NO REAL, God fear catholic would join the GOP from jump street!! NO REAL christian with ANY common sense, ANY common decency, ANY HEART, ANY BRAIN, ANY basic reading skills (READING THE BIBLE) would have ANYTHING to do with the GOP! That’s exactly why I’m predicting most of the RELIGIOUS FUN BUNCH, will back hand the Pope! You don’t need to be a politically astute individual to make this prediction, ALL you need to know is, how phony, how greedy, how selfish and mostly insane most republicans are! that’s why they’re republicans in the first place!

  8. Good point @Grim, Henry the VIII, like these koch brothers are power hungry and insane! and I mean that literally! Henry was completely MAD! his reason for telling Pope Clement to get lost was justified, in my opinion, the catholic churches were as corrupt as TODAYS GOP! but Henry had a screw loose and the power went straight to his head! So trust and believe, if the oligarch’s completely capture the usa?!! they’ll FU@K up just as badly as ole Henry did!! Do I hear, REVOLUTION???

  9. The House of Representatives invited the Pope to address congress. He will be speaking on Sept. 24th.

    Many things have happened since that invitation was issued. He has spoken out about the environment (climate change), income inequality, helping the poor, war with Iran and other things.

    In the Koch controlled congress, every single item he has spoken out about, has been presented as a bill, and been voted on, which is the exact opposite of what the Pope sees as a social injustice. They refuse to raise the minimum wage, have passed bill after bill in an attempt to contravene environmental executive actions taken by the president, are trying to kill an organization providing health care to the poor based on lies. All of the thing the Pope has addressed as being necessary to a civilized country.

    I’m just wondering how they are going to try to derail any of these subjects when he speaks. They go against everything the Republicans are trying to do.

  10. Last rant, lets keep it real, todays GOPers are the same ones who used many of the synagogues as MONEY CHANGER dens! they’re the one who got down on bended knee, BEGGING and pleading that Ponchus Pilate crucify that madmen Jesus! they’re the same EXACT ones, who would not ONLY do a Judus on Jesus but they’d do it for less than 30 pieces of silver!

  11. Next, the GOP will claim that the Pope is
    the antichrist,opposint to their particular brand of religion and that the armagedon is comming…

    Ant the NRA will love it!
    because they can sell more guns and survivalist paraphenalia…

  12. The question is… will sanity be too late? The scientists are starting to talk about the sixth mass die-off in Earth’s history with humans being one of the species to become extinct. This is process we may lock in before we wise up.

  13. My money is on humanity destroying much of the world, with whatever our descendants (if any) cursing us for our short-sightedness and then they will do the very same thing in a different way.

  14. The single most important issue facing the world is population control. The Pope has carefully avoided any direct challenge to church teachings even though he has stated that we needn’t “breed like rabbits”. Until ALL the major religions support severe population controls, our chances as a specie doesn’t look too promising.

    I just hope the cockroaches evolve into a higher form of intelligence. Humans have been an interesting experiment, but…

  15. When the English Settlers arrived circa 1610, there were about 1 Mil people living in what is now the USA.

    The Diary of Cabeza de Vaca describes how tough the American Indians had it; literally starving, living on what animals they could kill and what berries they could pick.

    When I was in college, I ran across Colin Clark. What he said made sense. While the USA could not feed 1 Mil in 1610, today the USA feeds its population of over 320 Mil plus exports tons of grain to feed other parts of the world. What caused that tremendous increase in production? Advances in agricultural technology.

    The world has finite resources. The USA has been a PIG and the rest of the world is trying to improve their standard of living. The USA is going to have to be less of a pig.

    I have no idea how many people the planet can support. I suspect several Billion more. I also suspect that ma nature will unloose a bug that will kill several Billion before we know what hit us and find a cure. [WINK]

  16. I read your link and somehow wound up here


    I recommend you read the link.

    Now try this one: During the middle ages, Europe suffered through the little ice age. It was so cold that people were sewed into their long johns for the winter. After a few weeks people began to REALLY stink. Solution? Perfume and lots if it. So off goes Marco Polo on a long and dangerous trip to China, crossing SW Asia where all the tribes were at each other’s throat.

    Crossing SW Asia was a hard to do but had to have perfume.

    What to do? The Europeans set off trying to find a water route to get the perfume. Ergo, Columbus “discovered” the Western Hemisphere.

    People laugh at me when I tell them the perfume story.

    People also laugh when I tell them the humble VCR was the best “Psy Ops” weapon the west had in ending the cold war. Why? USSR citizens saw how better off the people in the wes…

  17. I did indeed read the link.

    And you’ll notice that the population between the time of Columbus and the time of the Settlers took a drastic nosedive in numbers.

  18. Corporate Raiding Techniques applied to States, with Elected Legislature/Lobbyists, & Governor/Lobbyists.

    We need mandatory psych testing for anyone running for public office.

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