There can be no question that the Brother’s Koch, Charles & David, are in the process of staging a non violent and bloodless coup to take over and destroy the United States of America as we know it. I truly wish I were delusional and had tendencies to give in to conspiracies and hysteria, but I don’t. Fact is, The Pink Flamingo is so devoid of conspiracy ideas that I am about ready to give up most of my illusions about the JFK assassination. I have dozens of books on the subject, but, durn it, I just can’t get in to it. That’s rough because I love a good conspiracy theory. I just wish the Koch Brothers were part of a delusion, but the more I learn, the more I am convinced they are up to no good.
In 2009, a little known CNBC reporter fired the shot heard round the world, starting the tea party movement.
“…But was Santelli’s rant really so spontaneous? How did a minor-league TV figure, whose contract with CNBC is due this summer, get so quickly launched into a nationwide rightwing blog sensation? Why were there so many sites and organizations online and live within minutes or hours after his rant, leading to a nationwide protest just a week after his rant?
What hasn’t been reported until now is evidence linking Santelli’s “tea party” rant with some very familiar names in the Republican rightwing machine, from PR operatives who specialize in imitation-grassroots PR campaigns (called “astroturfing”) to bigwig politicians and notorious billionaire funders. As veteran Russia reporters, both of us spent years watching the Kremlin use fake grassroots movements to influence and control the political landscape. To us, the uncanny speed and direction the movement took and the players involved in promoting it had a strangely forced quality to it. If it seemed scripted, that’s because it was.
What we discovered is that Santelli’s “rant” was not at all spontaneous as his alleged fans claim, but rather it was a carefully-planned trigger for the anti-Obama campaign. In PR terms, his February 19th call for a “Chicago Tea Party” was the launch event of a carefully organized and sophisticated PR campaign, one in which Santelli served as a frontman, using the CNBC airwaves for publicity, for the some of the craziest and sleaziest rightwing oligarch clans this country has ever produced. Namely, the Koch family, the multibilllionaire owners of the largest private corporation in America, and funders of scores of rightwing thinktanks and advocacy groups, from the Cato Institute and Reason Magazine to FreedomWorks. The scion of the Koch family, Fred Koch, was a co-founder of the notorious extremist-rightwing John Birch Society….”
What do you call one of the richest men in the world who only gives his bellman a fifty buck tip for Christmas? This is the same man who has donated over $23 million to public television. He gives to the American Ballet Theater, and to cancer research, but the man doesn’t appear to do a damn thing to help those in need.
“...Koch also was featured in the November 2012 PBS documentary Park Avenue, which contrasted the extreme wealth of Koch’s residence at 740 Park Avenue with the stark poverty less than a mile north in East Harlem. In the documentary, a former doorman noted that Koch, with a net worth of about $45 billion, gives only $50 holiday tips….”
This is where The Pink Flamingo gets a little annoyed. I call someone like that a cheap SOB, plain and simple, a total and complete jerk who has no regard for anyone around him. I can’t stand people like this.
“…Among the wealthiest residents of 740 Park is David Koch, the billionaire industrialist, who, with his brother Charles, owns Koch Industries, a huge energy-and-chemical conglomerate. The Koch brothers are known for their strongly conservative politics and for their efforts to finance a network of advocacy groups whose goal is to move the country to the right. David Koch is a major philanthropist, contributing to cultural and medical institutions that include Lincoln Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In the nineteen-eighties, he began expanding his charitable contributions to the media, donating twenty-three million dollars to public television over the years. In 1997, he began serving as a trustee of Boston’s public-broadcasting operation, WGBH, and in 2006 he joined the board of New York’s public-television outlet, WNET. Recent news reports have suggested that the Koch brothers are considering buying eight daily newspapers owned by the Tribune Company, one of the country’s largest media empires, raising concerns that its publications—which include the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times—might slant news coverage to serve the interests of their new owners, either through executive mandates or through self-censorship. Clarence Page, a liberal Tribune columnist, recently said that the Kochs appeared intent on using a media company “as a vehicle for their political voice.”…”
They own the right, the GOP, the tea parties, and the libertarian right. They’ve spent millions purchasing them. They are now trying to own the media. WNET just dumped David Koch from its board. What is terribly fascinating is that, not only do the Kochs own the conservative media, but they appear to have bought and paid for the liberal end of things – PBS.
“…Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are quite entrepreneurial in their attempts to influence public policy in their favor. They don’t just donate to a few like-minded politicians: They have long funded libertarian think tanks like the Cato Institute. They helped fund the Tea Party movement. In the 2012 election, they funded groups like Americans for Prosperity to air campaign ads attacking Barack Obama during the last presidential campaign. While their reported interest in buying the Tribune Company’s eight newspapers, which includes the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, has stirred up fears from journalists and activists in those cities that the Koch brothers would extend their influence into media, their limited involvement with the media has already yielded success….”
Andy Kroll described the very real problem with people like the Kochs.
“...Increasingly, it looks like before the rest of us even have our say, before you enter the voting booth, issues, politics, and the politicians will have been winnowed, vetted, and predetermined by the wealthiest Americans. Think of it as a new definition of politics: the democracy of the wealthy, who can fight it out with each other inside and outside the political parties with little reference to you.
In the meantime, the more those of modest means feel drowned out by the money of a tiny minority, the less connected they will feel to the work of government, and the less they will trust elected officials and government as an institution. It’s a formula for tuning out, staying home, and starving whatever’s left of our democracy.
I caught a glimpse of this last November, when I spoke to a class of students at Radford University in Virginia, a state blanketed with super PAC attack ads and dark money in 2012. Over and over, students told me how disgusted they were by all the vitriol they heard when they turned on the TV or the radio. Most said that they ended up ignoring the campaigns; a few were so put off they didn’t bother to vote. “They’re all bought and sold anyway,” one student told me in front of the entire class. “Why would my vote make any difference?”…”
They are not nice people when it comes to dealing, honesty, with the public. Their industries are among the worst polluters there are. They are behind legislative initiatives to do away with:
- minimum wage
- environmental regulations
- worker safety
- public police, fire, EMS
- unemployment funds
- anything that gets in their way of a profit
“…Cash from groups backed by the Koch brothers and others helped North Carolina Republicans build a robust conservative infrastructure and fundraising network, leading to the GOP winning both the governor’s mansion and the state legislature in the same year for the first time since Reconstruction….“Getting dramatic economic change at the federal level is very difficult,” said Tim Phillips, president of the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity. “A few years ago, the idea we had was to create model states. North Carolina was a great opportunity to do that – more so than any other state in the region. If you could turn around a state like that, you could get real reform.” Since November, change has come quickly. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed a Koch ally and major Republican donor, Art Pope, as the state’s budget director….”
Pete Santilli may have proved just what the real tea partiers are all about. He is being investigated by the Secret Service for suggesting that Hillary Clinton be shot. Pete Santilli isn’t just any right wing, libertarian, Koch Machine shill. He allegedly began the whole movement with his anti-Obama rant in Chicago, lo those many years ago, becoming a national hero, brought to you by FOX Tabloid News.
Another tea party stalwart is Alec Jones, whose latest stupidity suggests Obama is to blame for the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
Trey Gowdy is a disgrace to the state of South Carolina and the 4th District, where the late, great, Carroll Campbell once held that office. What Gowdy did to Lois Lerner on Wednesday, was the rudest thing The Pink Flamingo has ever seen an official in Congress do – on record.
There are times when it just goes from bad to worse. The Koch Machine basically controls the conservative media today. They control the non-profit organizations that spew forth blast faxes, endless emails, and pay talking heads like Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck to lie to a willing listening audience, ready to hate anything ‘liberal’.
Are the Koch Brothers behind the latest poll numbers that state that 20% of the American people think we will need to have an armed rebellion against the US government?
“...The idea of using violent force to prevent democratically elected government from operating according to the will of the people began when the Koch brothers’ funded teabaggers brought signs to rallies claiming “we came unarmed this time” during the healthcare reform debate throughout 2009. Republicans and conservative pundits inflamed conservatives with claims their liberties were being infringed up to the time the U.S. Congress passed a law helping 40 million Americans have access to healthcare insurance, and despite the Supreme Court ruling the Affordable Care Act was Constitutional, Republicans are angrier than ever that democracy worked and 44% of them think “armed revolution might be necessary” to protect their liberty. However, healthcare for millions is not the only Republican claim of an assault on their liberties as evidenced by Republican claims their liberties are infringed because the Constitution prevents them from imposing religious edicts on the people. Nearly half of Republicans believe armed revolution might be necessary to enforce Christianity on the population. In Republican-controlled states, the loss in two general elections enraged Republicans who tasked the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to write template legislation restricting Democratic-leaning voters from exercising their right to vote, and because the Department of Justice enforces the right to vote it is interpreted as an infringement of Republicans’ liberties; their solution is “armed revolution” to “protect their liberty” to eliminate voting rights.
Republican politicians are the primary drivers of the rise in threats of “armed revolution” against the government because if they cannot rule by religious and Koch brother edict, or get their way through the electoral process, then violent insurrection is their solution. The idea of using gun violence reared its ugly head when failed senatorial candidate Sharon Angles said the “public would bring down the out-of-control (Democratic) Congress with Second Amendment remedies” because they were part of “the tyrannical U.S. government,” and made particular mention of her opponent, Majority Leader Harry Reid. Michelle Bachmann said she wanted residents of her state “armed and dangerous” to oppose President Obama’s “because we need to fight back and do everything we can to thwart Democrats at every turn to make sure they aren’t able to secure a power base.” Last year, the Virginia Republican Party called for “armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November,” because they claimed President Obama was a “political socialist ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized.” Republicans began claiming everything associated with the Obama Administration was a “government takeover” and infringement on Republicans’ liberties beginning in 2009, and it is close to bearing fruit now that half of Republicans support armed revolution against the democratically elected government, and it is all because Republicans are not allowed to rule….”
Ed Kilgore got it right:
And then some….!