We keep saying that the real danger is fundamentalism. Whether it's Christian or Islamic, it's the True Believers, the hard liners who refuse to consider reality as part of what they consider logic.
That's a big part of what makes the Koch Brothers one of the gravest threats to the very democracy we treasure in this country. I view them as the most dangerous type of ideologue: the True Believer. True Believers are dangerous because they don't have any goal other than to make all of us True Believers. They proselytize free markets the way evangelicals preach Jesus. And when those same free markets fail? They facepalm and admit shock that perhaps there is a flaw in their flawless philosophy, then go right back to preaching and selling the free market gospel like it's God's word in the flesh
Forget the facts, folks. Charles and David Koch are just bewildered and overwhelmed rich men who cannot for the life of them understand how the left can be so oblivious to the good free markets can do for the world and every individual in the United States who has a set of bootstraps and a pair of arms to use to yank on them.
The left’s inability to understand where the Kochs were coming from puzzled Charles and David. Wasn’t it obvious that small government and free markets resulted in a better world? “Why don’t we teach in schools things that make society more prosperous, and more peaceful, and people will respect each other more? It’s a strange thing, isn’t it?” said Charles. “It’s unbelievable how they distort what your message is!” said David. The Kochs thought their aim was to increase the standard of living for everyone. The way to do this, they believed, was by applying to society the same methods that had grown their company. Glenn Greenwald wrote a great piece which is published in Salon that really portrays the Koch's self perceived stance as victims, but I choose to see that as part of the total psychic construct of a FUNDAMENTALIST FREE MARKET TRUE BELIEVER!
Small governments and free markets resulted in a better world? Really? Was it big government that allowed Wall Street to run amok and gamble away people's retirement savings in markets they knew were doomed to fail? What society does David Koch mean when he says "teach in schools things that make society more prosperous"? Surely he doesn't mean this one, because the facts speak otherwise
This society is NOT more prosperous, though Mr. Koch certainly has prospered. What the Kochs do is corrupt government, then blame it for screwing the rest of us.
This world is not better because Koch pollutes it while denying there might be even an iota of truth in climate change science.
This world is not better because our children's educations are being raped and sold to the "free markets" so we can create yet another "market" which will put "prosperity" ahead of education.
This world is not better because Koch Industries put millions into propaganda campaigns to convince people to act against their own interests in order to further Charles and David's "prosperity".
This world is not better because the faith in "free markets" brought the entire world economy to the brink of ruin.
This world is not better because David and Charles Koch think it's better for people to die after losing everything because they were unfortunate enough to be uninsured and sick at the same time.
After David Koch recently donated millions of dollars for cancer research in his name, after his bout of prostate cancer prodded him into some "soul searching" he made this statement after the ceremony honoring his contribution:
"I read stuff about me and I say, 'God, I’m a terrible guy, and then I come here and everybody treats me like I'm a wonderful fellow, and I say, 'Well, maybe I’m not so bad after all.'"
Which seems to follow logically in the line of these quotes by other incredibly fatuous deluded megalomaniacal True Believers:
'My People Love Me. They love me. All my people with me, they love me," he said. "They will die to protect me, my people." - Muammar Gaddafi while paying mercenaries to bomb and gun down unarmed civilians.
"I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, 'George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.' And I did, and then God would tell me, 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq', and I did."" - George W. Bush
"It was a nightmare for me. "Even the regulators felt sorry for me...They said, 'How did you live with this? Not being able to tell anybody? "Look, none of my clients, even if they lost every penny they put in there, can plead poverty," he said. Now if you listen to them (his victims), they're living out of dumpsters and they don't have any money and I'm sure it's a traumatic experience to some, but I made a lot of money for people." - Bernie Madoff
"Who says I am not under the special protection of God?" - Adolf Hitler
Here's a proposal for Charles and David. How about if they live for a year without their billions, just like the rest of us? How about they find out what it's like to be told over and over and over again that you're not hired even though you know you were as qualified as the guy who got the job? How about if they subject themselves to the whim of the markets, the uncertainty of not knowing whether they'll have a home tomorrow or food to eat? Perhaps they should try scratching out a living without any government in a world with no regulation where the food they dig out of the dumpster might be contaminated with chemical pollutants because the industrial customer who used that dumpster last didn't care to be careful about how they disposed of toxins. Perhaps they should try it before they condemn liberals as people who are miserable because someone else is enjoying themselves.
Perhaps Charles and David should put their grandchildren in public schools
and see how teachers struggle with no budget, no supplies, larger class sizes, more children with problems, and a test looming at the end of each year that stresses children to their breaking point while proving nothing other than that there's a market for test writers and scantron forms.
Until they've done these things, until they've shed their silver spoons and ideological turtle shells,the teabaggers can write apologetics all day long and it won't change a thing. They are an evil force in today's politics, feeding evil men with evil ambitions, and they should be called evil every single chance we get until they figure out how ignorant and out of touch they are. Which will be about the time hell freezes over and the cows come home, I'm sure.
Make no mistake. The Kochs are not the only billionaires who perpetrate this evil. Back in Clinton's day, it was Scaife and the Tobacco Puppets. They're all part of the same group, but the Kochs have chosen to put themselves at the front as the evangelists of the New Free Market Ayn Rand/John Birch Society. By that choice, these True Believers should and must receive the bulk of our criticism, but no one is exempt. If you don't know how the other 99% lives, don't bother trying to tell us what's wrong with our thinking
TRUE BELIEVERS, FUNDAMENTALIST FREE MARKETEERS, CAPITALIST CON MEN, IDEOLOGICAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CRIMINALS!
Perhaps, though, they actually are terrific dancers.....
Perhaps, though, they actually are terrific dancers.....