The Koch Brothers, The John Birch Society,
and The Government Shutdown
By C.W. Smoke ©
Oct. 15th, 2013
Charles and David Koch, the Koch brothers are trying to distance themselves from the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, but one need only follow the money to discover their involvement. Here is an article that connects the dots between the Koch brothers, Ron and Rand Paul, and the John Birch Society. The Koch brothers have funneled more than $250 million through just one of their front groups, Freedom Partners to fund Teabaggers during the last national election. They also fund and control (with unknown vast amounts of money) various front groups and organizations, to mask their involvement. Here are but a few: The Tea Party, The Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action (responsible for funding right wing primary candidates to 'take out' moderate Republicans, who aren't rabid enough - sound familiar?), Americans for Prosperity, Freedomworks, some colleges and institutes of higher learning where, through donations, they set the curricula and influence the hiring of teachers and professors, George Mason University and Florida State University being the most prominent examples, more think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute and The Cato Institute where their phony ideas are supposed to gain intellectual credibility, various PACs and super PACs with the word 'Freedom' in their titles which, BTW, means freedom for them to conduct their dirty, air and water poisoning fossil fuel businesses without any government regulation or taxes, not freedom for you and me.
In the article the goals of the John Birch Society are spelled out, and they closely resemble all the phony Tea Party demands and talking points. Remember when Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) found all those Communists on the Harvard faculty? Ring any bells? Notice the similarities between the Birchers' philosophy and the Tea Party's:
The JBS was fervently anti-Communist and actively involved in activities designed to uncover and root out Communist infiltration and conspiracies within the United States and our Government. The goal was that the United States have a greatly diminished Federal Government out of the business of social programs, regulation, public works, and education, and where men were free to conduct their business without Government intervention and with zero taxation of the rich. Tax exempt religious organizations was the preferred vehicle to ensure that the ultra wealthy would pay no taxes on business operations. Regular people would be poor, uneducated, and powerless, unable to join labor unions as they would not be allowed. Source Bold text by author.
The Kochs and the Pauls contend that they are not John Birchers, but their actions always speak louder than their lies. Don't be fooled because deceit is their agenda (they campaign on populist issues, but once in power their only goal is to dismantle OUR government with tactics like blackmail, extortion and lies) on their road to power and the overthrow of our government. In most countries what they are doing would not be allowed because it is treason, but they have been building their political organization for over fifty years, and money is no object. So, they are firmly entrenched. If the Teabaggers were not in government, we would not be jumping from crisis to crisis as a viable means of governance. We would not be denying the science of global warming. We would not be (Note: the link is a pdf file) deregulating and attempting to destroy government agencies like the EPA, FEMA, CFPB, and the Department of Education.
Despite the President, Democrats, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew telling Republicans they will not negotiate over the Republican rejection of their constitutional mandate to pay bills they put on the nations credit card, they proceeded to lay out a list of demands likely written by the Koch brothers and Wall Street CEOs. In fact, to pay the ransom, President Obama will allow the Republicans to either drastically cut or effectively eliminate federal agencies their campaign donors oppose such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). They also intend on raiding federal employee pensions and making truly Draconian cuts to healthcare and social services for the working poor. Of course, no Republican ransom demand would be complete without an order to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, tax cuts for corporations and the rich, and putting an end to the Affordable Care Act. Source Bold text by author.
We would not be destroying the social safety net. We would not be attacking every minority that is not the white, racist Tea Party. We would not be shutting down the government and threatening to breach the debt ceiling over an already settled law (or whatever phony excuse that they come up with). Guaranteed! As responsible citizens and voters, we, the people need to put a stop to this concerted effort to corrupt our democracy...
The Tea Party Republicans in Congress, and their financial enablers, the Koch brothers et al
Among those known to date to have conspired against the United States government to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of a law of the United States by forcing the government to shut down are:
Edwin Meese III Former Attorney General under Ronald Reagan
Charles Koch Coowner, Koch Industries
David H. Koch Coowner, Koch Industries
Michael A. Needham CEO Heritage Action for America
Ted Cruz United States Senator from Texas
Alfred S. Regnery President, The Paul Revere Project
Andrea Lafferty President, Traditional Values Coalition
Andresen Blom Senior Strategist, Center for Civic Virtue
Angelo M. Codevilla Professor Emeritus, Boston University
Becky Norton Dunlop Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan
Bob Reccord Executive Director, Council for National Policy
Brent Bozell President, ForAmerica
Brian Baker President, Ending Spending
Chris Chocola President, Club for Growth
Cindy Chafian President, The Mommy Lobby
Colin Hanna President, Let Freedom Ring
Craig Shirley Reagan Campaign Biographer
David Bossie President, Citizens United
David Bozell Executive Director, ForAmerica
David McIntosh Former U.S. Representative, Indiana
David Williams President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Don Devine Senior Scholar, The Fund for American Studies
Duane Parde President, National Taxpayers Union
Eric Cantor House Minority Leader
Erick Erickson Editor, RedState.com
Gary Aldrich President, Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty
Gary Bauer President, American Values
GraceMarie Turner President, The Galen Institute
Heather Higgins President, Independent Women's Forum
James Martin Chairman, 60 Plus Association
Jenny Beth Martin CoFounder, Tea Party Patriots
Joe Gregory CEO, Gregory Management Co.
John Boehner Speaker of the House of Representatives
Kay R. Daly President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Kenneth Blackwell Conservative Action Project; President, Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Kevin Gentry Koch Public Sector
Lee Beaman Businessman, Nashville, TN
Lewis Uhler President, National Tax Limitation Committee
Marco Rubio United States Senator from Florida
Marjorie Dannenfelser President, Susan B. Anthony List
Mat Staver Liberty Counsel
Mathew D. Staver Chairman, Liberty Counsel Action
Matt Kibbe President, FreedomWorks
Michael Grebe leads the Bradley Foundation
Mike Lee United States Senator from Utah
Mitch McConnell Minority Leader, United States Senate, representing Kentucky
Myron Ebell President, Freedom Action
Pat Toomey United States Senator from Pennsylvania
Patrick Pizzella Conservative Action Project
Penny Nance President, Concerned Women for America
Phyllis Schlafly Conservative Action Project
Ralph Benko President, Center for Civic Virtue
Senator Rand Paul United States Senator from Kentucky
Rebecca Hagelin Activist and Right Wing journalist
Rev. Lou Sheldon Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition
Richard Rahn President, Inst. for Global Economic Growth
Stuart Epperson President, Council for National Policy
Susan Carleson President, American Civil Rights Union
T. Kenneth Cribb Former Domestic Advisor, President Ronald Reagan
Tom Donelson Chairman, America's PAC
Tony Perkins Conservative Action Project
William Wilson President, Americans for Limited Government
(Additional names may come to light at later dates and should be included in any prosecutions.) Author's Note: Over half of the enablers listed here work for organizations that the Koch brothers fund and control, including the Tea Party. Source
should be held criminally liable for sedition under the criminal statute of sedition or sedition as it is described in the Patriot Act if the debt ceiling is breached because, like the terrorist, bin Laden, whose goal was to cripple the United States economy, breaching the debt ceiling is an economic attack on the United States of America that will cripple our economy for years or decades. When the full faith and credit of the United States is attacked it is a terrorist attack.
Sedition: "Following the September 11th Attacks of 2001, the federal government feared that terrorist networks were very real threats, and that if left unchecked, would lead to further insurrection. As a result, Congress enacted the Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001, Pub. L. No. 107-56, 115 Stat. 272. Among other things, the act increases the president's authority to seize the property of individuals and organizations that the president determines have planned, authorized, aided, or engaged in hostilities or attacks against the United States." Source
It is the job and duty of Congress to finance the government of the United States, and the Republicans in Congress, who are advocating for the government shutdown and breach of the debt ceiling are performing unconstitutional acts as defined by their job descriptions, an impeachable offense* thereby breaching their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, particularly as it applies to Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution which states:
"The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned."
* Unfortunately, all impeachment proceedings must originate in the U.S. House of Representatives, but these turkeys control the House, and they will not impeach themselves even though they are guilty of impeachable offenses...