The World According to Koch

In 1927 Fred C. Koch patented an improved method of converting heavy oil to gasoline – a catalyst paving  Wichita, Kansas roads of the early 1940’s with Wood River Refining and Oil dollars – later known as Koch Industries. I could blither on about how Koch Industries became the second largest privately held corporation in America. How staggering wealth was built on the back of oil, gas, chemicals, and methods to move these commodities about – or I could ask you to take my word for it, link to this timeline of Koch history, and move on to my point.

Brothers David and Charles Koch have “donated” an estimated 67 million dollars in funding and support of anti climate change initiatives. It doesn’t end with this “no shit Sherlock” denial of cutting the hand that feeds them.  Some of those millions support conservative “family values” (AKA – Tea Party and like minded fundamentalists) by way of Americans for Prosperity – a group founded in 2004, dedicated to no climate tax, no universal health care, no tax reforms hinting of increased or fairer shares for business, no government scrutiny of business at local, state or federal levels, and no Democrats in office if infinitely deep pockets and slick fabricated attack ads have anything to say about it.

A 2010 study released by University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries as one of the top ten polluters in America. Greenpeace dubbed them the “kingpin of climate science denial”.

Whining Koch protestations range from blaming “radical press” for branding Koch “whipping boys”, to spluttering, indignant outrage against  un-American critics of their righteous mission.Read this article from the New Yorker and decide for yourself.

I try to be polite. I don’t want to point fingers or pass judgement. The trouble is – every few weeks I’m incapable of swallowing the vomit in my mouth. Post after post slamming the government, comment after comment parroting diarrhea gobbled from “news sources” worthy of criminal charges, and incessant speculation over who’s actually running the show – these forces reach critical mass and my mind erupts to save itself.

This isn’t rocket science people! Anybody who still believes democracy reigns supreme hasn’t met power through money.Until people are willing to call bullshit on America according to Koch and associates, all I can say is speak out or shut up.


Why the Tea Party is Un-American

My apologies to the Tea Party. Being the one to break bad news is never easy – I’m prepared to ride out your onslaught of denial and bargaining, hoping you find the strength needed to reach acceptance. I’m certain you mean well and know you love your country. Your destructive actions stem from insulated thinking rather than malicious scheming. Your literal interpretation of America as it should be – a product of religious, geographic and economic factors beyond your control.

Lets take a peak at your core “values”, your mission to save America for Americans.

What is an American? Who are “we the people”? Would it be fair to say “the people” arrived on your shores as immigrants in search of “freedom”? Freedom from religious oppression, refugees in search of a better life, opportunists in search of wealth, people swayed by the promise of land, survivors of war and genocide? You do realize the “people” includes African Americans deposited on your shores by slave ships – human fodder whose broken backs built your economic power? America was founded on freedom for all these people – a constitutional right to freely practice ANY religion, the core belief church and state remain separate.

A true “patriot”, a person dedicated to the preservation of America would embrace all citizens – faith or lack of – secondary to the principles of freedom. A true patriot wouldn’t demand the ten commandments be posted in schoolrooms, toss a fit when Obama neglected to mention “God” in a speech, throw tantrums over gay soldiers being treated with dignity or whine because abortion is legal.

You’ve made it abundantly clear – the Tea Party is a Christian movement dedicated to “family values”. I’m sorry Tea Party – “family values” upheld by your members is an un-American attempt to divide the country along religious lines. There’s nothing patriotic about it. You champion tax reform, as in limiting the power of government to collect them, salivate and high five each other when hard asses like Cliven Bundy of Nevada stages an armed stand off with federal officers over unpaid grazing fees, and erupt with delusional mirth every time bat shit talking heads at Fox News champion your misguided agenda.

Wake up tea Party patriots – stop with the “grassroots” movement nonsense, it’s embarrassing. Knock yourselves out – love America, love God, go to church, teach your kids prejudice, hatred and paranoia. Arm yourselves with semi-automatic weapons, thumb your noses at the courts, spread hysteria over the evils of non Christians, undermine government attempts to narrow social divides, stick pins in an effigy of Obama – you have the right as an American. All I ask is that you accept the fact you’re destroying America. There’s nothing patriotic about your tiresome ruse – have the balls to come clean. Grow up and admit you want an America under God – your God.

Open your minds long enough for the light of your un-American shenanigans to penetrate  unpatriotic brains. America is far from perfect – you have that right but for all the wrong reasons. Your government is bloated, political system practically ineffective, special interest groups out of control, infrastructure and education on the brink of collapse and a cult of dangerous spin doctors fanning the flames. Your actions hasten the demise of a country you claim to “protect”. God is your business, not America’s problem.