The Real Mad Hatters (haters?) Behind the Tea Party -Charles and David Koch
The only way to defeat incredibly wealthy and powerful people like the Kochs and others who promote propaganda for their own self promotion is with the truth about who they are and what they are doing. And this story must be told again and again. The only advantage that truth has over propaganda is that by contrast, truth always presents the strongest argument and if even the tiniest flame is kept alive, it will eventually destroy the lies.
The Brothers Koch would make the back-biting of the Ewing’s from that old TV series “Dallas” pale in comparison. “. . .There has been so much scheming, name-calling, and backstabbing among these guys that J.R. Ewing might feel outdone. Bill tells of a homosexual blackmail attempt by Charles against Freddie to get his stock at a cheap price. (Charles vigorously denies it.) Freddie was partially disinherited by his father in a dispute over a missing $700. And for family harmony, you can’t beat Bill’s subpoenaing his mother onto the witness stand a few months after she’d had a stroke. . . .” Source
This 20- year feud finally ended in 2001 with David and Charles, the two middle brothers taking control of Koch Industries, the second largest privately held corporation in the USA. (Cargill is the first.)
The Koch brothers, David and Charles, are on my mind again because they have been in the news lately. A few days ago I read where Sarah Palin [one of their several willing, self-serving, side show Bob pimps who are getting rich from their rabble] waved the Tea Party buses off on a two week tour to pump Americans full of the Koch propaganda and hatred prior to the election. It’s ironic that these two brothers are doing exactly what Hitler did in his rise to power–take the people’s legitimate anger and fear and wield it into a powerful hatred against their chosen scapegoat [which of David and Charles choosing, is the President of the United States of America]. Shame on them both for what they are doing to our nation.
Then last night I read that the Wonk Room had revealed that front groups controlled by Koch had been working to promote Prop 23. Americans for Prosperity, the front group founded and financed by Koch Industries’ executive David Koch, had organized Tea Party rallies in favor of Prop 23 and produced online ads distorting California clean energy. The Pacific Research Foundation, also funded by Koch-run foundations, produced junk studies promoting Prop 23.
I first learned of the Koch brothers (Charles and David) about 18 months ago when I read that “Americans for Prosperity” was funding the Tea Party Movement and did some research to find out who was behind “Americans for Prosperity”. Thus I uncovered the Koch Brothers. Like their Koch Industries, they totally control “Americans for Prosperity.” This group, trains speakers in making hate speeches and they pay for all the “Tea Party” buses that go all over the USA spewing their special brand of hatred. In fact, they have single-handedly bankrolled and they control the Tea Party Movement in this country.
If you think that “Americans for Prosperity” care about the workers of this nation, you better think again. This is the same group that cheered and high-fived one another when an announcement was made that the USA lost the bid for the Olympics. This meant the loss of a potential of billions of dollars being brought into our economy and thousands of jobs for Americans–and this greedy bunch cheered? As far as I’m concerned they are traitors, not Americans. Of course if you are a multimillionaire you will have a different opinion.
THE BROTHERS KOCH
Until my research last night I thought there were only two Koch brothers, but tonight I discovered that there are four of them. I also learned that their father, Fred Koch was born in Quanah Texas which was quite a surprise to me considering how close Koch beginnings are to my own. My home town in West Texas is only a few miles from Quanah. I knew their father was one of the founders of the John Birch Society and that he developed a more efficient thermal cracking process for turning crude oil into gasoline from whence his fortune and that of his sons today is derived, but I did not realize it all began in Quanah Texas 110 years ago.
In reading their biographies, it would appear that obsessions of the brothers manifested differently. The eldest and the youngest Brothers Koch don’t seen as fixated on dominating the way of life for millions of Americans as do the two middle siblings. The oldest is a collector and the youngest likes to spend his money on yacht racing. Perhaps it is that the middle two take after their father while the oldest and the youngest are more like their mother.
Brother Frederick R. Koch (Born 1933) the first son
Brother Frederick has spent his life as a collector. [If you are rich and you gather things around you, you are called a "collector." If you are poor and you gather things around you, you are called a "hoarder." ] Through personal and foundation acquisitions Koch assembled large and important collections of rare books and literary and musical manuscripts, fine and decorative arts and photographs, with works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries predominating. Frederick has never married. Mr. Koch has bought, restored and maintained a number of historic properties in the USA and abroad, including a Woolworth mansion in Manhattan. Koch also owns among his private collections the archival estate of George Platt Lynes and a vast archive of society photographer Jerome Zerbe. George Platt Lynes focus on homoerotic imagery eventually took over Lynes photographic life. He had begun in the 1930s taking nudes of his circle of friends and performers, including a young Yul Brynner, but these had been known only to intimates for years. Jerome Zerbe was a society photographer. He was one of the originators of a genre of photography that is now utterly common: celebrity paparazzi. Today, little is known about Zerbe’s vast collection of photographs, which a biographer estimated had 50,000 images in 150 scrapbooks. They are part of an extensive private photography archive that is owned by collector Frederick R. Koch. Both Zerbe and Lynes were gay.
Brother Charles Koch (Born Nov. 1, 1935) the second son
Charles is one of two of the Koch brothers who bankroll the Tea Party Movement through their “grass roots movement” corporation “Americans for Prosperity”–the prosperity and protection of Koch Industries from the arm of “big government” who fine them for polluting the environment and killing their workers through negligence. It is Charles’ son, Chase Koch, now 42, who will eventually take over the family business and carry on in the grand John Birch tradition of his grandfather, father and uncle–all in the name of “patriotism” to protect their right to greed and harm others. Unlike his three brothers who are more cosmopolitan, Wichita Kansas, their birthplace is just find for Charles as it is for Chase, his son who recently purchased 70 acres near the city on which to build his home. I guess 70 acres provides the needed degrees of separation from the public that these people like to maintain. Although the more urbane faction of the Koch family do like to mingle with other have-mores. It is frightening to think the lessons that Chase has learned first hand from his father. Charles Koch founded the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank, and seriously considered buying Time or Newsweek about 10 years ago to proselytize for a political revolution–just one more reason to never trust main stream media, as if Fox News and the Wall Street Journal–both owned by Rupert Murdoch, were not reasons enough.
Brother David Koch (Born May 3, 1940) the third son
David has a twin–William. It is unusual that David took the side of his brother Charles over that of William, his twin over the dispute regarding ownership and management of Koch Industries, but I suppose when greed and such extreme wealth are the stakes that having shared the womb of the same woman at the same time weakens the glue that keeps twins stuck together throughout their lifetimes. However the two did kiss and make up long enough for David to stand up as best man in his twin brother William’s third marriage. David makes his home in New York City where he and his wife swirl around with the rich and famous of New York’s high society. Koch is the richest resident of New York City. Koch was the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential Libertarian Party’s candidate in the 1980 presidential election , sharing the party ticket with presidential candidate Ed Clark. The Clark-Koch ticket received 921,128 votes (1.06% of the total nationwide). In 1984, Koch founded, served as Chairman of the board of directors of, and donated to the free-market Citizens for a Sound Economy . In 2004, these organizations separated into, respectively, Americans for Prosperity Foundation and FreedomWorks. Koch continues as Chairman of the Board and gives money to Americans for Prosperity Foundation and gives to a related advocacy organization Americans for Prosperity.
David Koch is a survivor of prostate cancer and gives generously to cancer research. HOWEVER: Koch industries is one of the largest manufacturers of formaldehyde, estimated at 2/2 billion pounds a year and has spent huge amounts of money to lobby legislators attempting to forestall EPA classifying the substance as directly responsible for serious illnesses in children and adults … formaldehyde a known carcinogen dangerous to human beings, particularly putting them at risk for cancers of the blood. Ironic, isn’t it. That’s what the rich often do though is to give to charities to throw the attention away from the real harm that they do. David who married late in life at 51, has three children, the oldest is about 12 years of age.
Brother William Koch (Born May 3, 1940) the fourth son
Like the eldest brother, William is somewhat the playboy. His boat was the winner of the America’s Cup in 1992. Koch reportedly spent around $65 million on his effort and though an amateur, sailed on the crew himself Per Forbes William Koch’s net worth is $3.4 billion in 2010 on oil and other investments. Also, like his eldest brother he is an avid collector. William prefers art and wine, and especially maritime memorabilia. I n 1994 Koch married Joan Granlund, with whom he had a son. A complaint by Koch’s subsequent wife, Angela, led to his arrest in 2000 based on allegations of domestic violence. Koch’s third marriage in 2005 was to Bridget Rooney, granddaughter of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney. Koch has been involved in a number of legal battles in his life, including the report of a past arrest for “threatening to beat his whole family to death with his belt.”
GET A GOOD LOOK AT THEM AMERICA
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE FUNDING THE TEA PARTY
AND BANKROLLING THEIR SIDESHOW PIMPS LIKE PALIN AND BECK
and they are doing it all for your freedom!
Your freedom to work for next to nothing for people like them.
STOP BEING SO DAMN STUPID AMERICANS AND WAKE THE F UP!