The Koch Brothers: America’s New Dictators


As an American, I’m feeling a bit lost with all that has been happening in our country lately. Ferguson, scores of other police brutalizing citizens, a looming possibility of another full-fledged war in Iraq, and the fact that no matter what President Obama tries to do, the Republicans continue to oppose him, all of these issues make me ashamed of being an American. Don’t get me wrong, I served in the US Navy and wore the uniform, but the military was nowhere for a young, gay woman to be, so I was honorably discharged. That was back in 1987. That’s when I realized that this country was not my country anymore.

I’m active in politics, and vote for Democrats, but I am not seeing much of a difference regardless of who I vote for. It seems like Citizens United is running the country now. I don’t have the Koch brothers’ money to purchase a senator or congressman, but rich Republican one-percenters can. Let’s face it. I live in the South, and people here vote Republican because they are prejudiced and hate Obama, hate gays, hate women, hate non-Christians, and hate themselves. They are Fox News junkies, and hide behind their guns and religion.

Yet these very same Republicans live in run down trailer parks with their trucks jacked up on cement bricks so they can work on them in the front yard. Don’t forget the typical Rottweiler or Pit-bull that barks all day and night, and tries to attack the unsuspecting mailman. These people are going to Wal-Mart to stock up on groceries with their government issued EBT (foodstamp) card, yet they complain that the government is overreaching. So let me get this right: Redneck Republicans use government issued food stamps to buy groceries, and come back to their run down shacks and listen to Fox News. Fox News tells them to be afraid of everything, and people who are on foodstamps are lazy because they won’t take a minimum wage job at McDonalds. Yeah, okay…that makes sense. Go GOP!

The Republican Party provides a platform for hate. Hate is legitimized when a ballot is cast for a Republican. The GOP is the party of the super elite. Fox News spits out right-wing propaganda 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so the Koch brothers are the new dictators. The big brothers of the Republican Party are having a field day with their vast fortunes. They can buy entire school systems, radio and television stations, seats in the senate and congress, and influence legislators to pass laws that favor the few while squeezing the life out of the many.

How long are we going to sit down and take it? The US Supreme Court is complicit in all of this because they allowed Citizens United to prevail, and this gave people like the Koch brothers the freedom to contribute as much money to any candidate anonymously. Why do you think the Supreme Court upheld a ruling that was so opposed to the US Constitution? Because Supreme Court justices are part of the one percent, and do not represent the will of the average American citizen.

Frankly, nobody in Congress (Republican or Democrat) is aware of the constant struggle of people in the lower-middle class. Most of them will never make it into the middle class, even if their parents are middle class. Up until a couple of generations ago, it was commonly expected that children would do better than their parents. That is simply no longer the case. People are moving in and getting help from their parents when they should be able to make a go of it on their own. They should also be in a position to help their parents, and they can’t. What is the reason for this? Enough congressmen and women have been bought by the likes of the Koch brothers, and have sold out their constituents. The Koch brothers have arrived, and Americans are under their dictatorship.


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