Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

If you think our problem is simply that the Koch brothers have constructed a shadow Republican Party that plans to raise and spend $889 million or so to elect a conservative president in 2016, them you have missed the proverbial forest for a single tree. Their network of super-wealthy conservatives is underwriting efforts to remake America's state legislatures, universities, law schools, think tanks, public-television stations, and even its museums. The nearly $150 million that Sheldon Adelson spent in 2012 (according to Mayer) is chump change compared with the Kochtopus's overall expenditures." Eric Alterman

"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents." General Smedley Butler quoted in The Plot to Seize the White House by Jules Archer

[polluters] success has been largely the result of an unholy marriage between polluting industries and the radical right – an alliance conceived by Colorado brewer Joseph Coors. In 1976, Coors, owner of one of Colorado’s biggest polluters , founded the Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) to challenge environmental laws.... Coors also founded the right-wing Heritage Foundation, which has provided the philosophical underpinning of the anti-environmental movement. p. 25 Reagan’s victory gave the Heritage Foundation and the MSLF a national arena for their radical agenda. Heritage became known as Reagan’s “shadow government.”.... [Damage done during Reagan Administration - Coors picked head of EPA Anne Gorsuch who cut EPA budget 30% and destroyed Superfund program, and James Watt, president of MSLF, to be Secretary of Interior; growth of pseudo grassroots organizations specializing in “greenwashing ”. Anti-environmentalists hooked up with Pat Robertson ’s Christian Coalition in early 1990s. Helped Bush to victory." Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy, Robert F. Kennedy (2004)

"The most obvious criticism of the New Overclass is that their political machine is undemocratic. Using subversive techniques once aimed at communists, and with all the money they ever need to succeed, the Overclass undemocratically controls our government, our media, and even a growing part of academia. These institutions in turn allow the Overclass to control the supposedly "free" market. It doesn't win all the time, of course — witness Bill Clinton's impeachment trial — but it does score an endless string of other victories elsewhere, all to the detriment of workers, consumers, women, minorities and the poor. We need to fight it with everything we've got." Steve Kangas (an outspoken critic of Scaife, believed that Scaife-funded initiatives posed a danger to the nation, found shot dead found dead less than 60 feet (18 m) from Scaife's office.)

RFK: The "Gang of Five" foundations that are huge repositories of industrial polluter money [the John.M Olin Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Castle Rock Foundation, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and the Bradley Foundation] have been used to create think tanks, to recruit phony scientists that we call “biostitutes” and to fund politicians in order to undermine and subvert those environmental laws that were passed after Earth Day: the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act. Industry was kind of caught off-guard by Earth Day and the legislative barrage that followed. But since then, they’ve mobilized to regain control of the public trust assets. And really, the best measure of how a democracy is functioning is how it allocates the goods of the land, the public trust assets. Does it maintain the air and water under control of the people for the benefit of the public, or does it allow those assets to be privatized by politically powerful entities? from an interview with Mother Jones 10/7/2004

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Dark Legacy - JFK and 9/11


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Provocative to say the least. Using materials familiar to researchers, Dark Legacy makes a series of tantalizing connections between the rich and powerful to suggest that Kennedy was brought down by a vast web of powerful conservatives and that George H.W.Bush was close to all of them. Hankey invites viewers not only to draw their own conclusions but also to check out his sources." -- Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

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Here's How a White Supremacist Set the GOP's Immigration Policy (11/20/2014)

The Hidden Government Group Linking JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra and 9/11 (10/5/2014)

What Do the Koch Brothers Really Want?  Bernie Sanders (4/12/2014)

Koch Spends more than double the top 10 unions combined (3/7/2014)

Koch World 2014 (1/25/2014)

Koch Groups Alone Raised More In 2012 Than Candidates Spent During Entire 2000 Presidential Election (1/6/2014)

The Right Leans In (4/15/2013)

How Rev. Moon's 'Snakes' Infested US (5/1/2010)

Student Loans: The Right's Hidden Agenda (3/23/2010)

Myth: There's no right wing conspiracy.

The Powell Memo and the Teaching Machines of Right-Wing Extremists

8 Shocking Ways the Billionaires Have Schemed to Rob Us of Every Last Dollar

Lets say you are listening to Rush on talk radio. Here's what you should know: Rush has a contract for hundreds of millions of dollars from Clear Channel which just about offsets the savings from Clear Channels layoffs. Clear Channel is actually losing a lot of money, but it owns hundreds of radio stations and it is a giant megaphone for Rush. Bain Capital, Mitt Romney's Company has a major ownership share of Clear Channel. The message is Republican and it is aggressive. It certainly is not in your interest unless you are in a very high income bracket...but, long-term, not even then. Have you thought of that ?

If jobs are scarce, your pension has disappeared, your healthcare insurance is unaffordable, college tuition is out of sight, your home may be foreclosed, the happy talk from broadcasters will tell you about the Republican YOYO agenda (Your On Your Own). If they can sell you that, they can privatize Social Security and that too would be a very large heist. Thanks to heavy insurance and pharma funding, they oppose any attempt to reform health care. Republicans may yet overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Talk radio will tell you that you better arm yourself while you can so that you can defend yourself when the time comes. It is inciting to violence against a government that it does not like. Oh...and torture is fine. They laughingly propose waterboarding select Democrats. Ha Ha. Bush is a hero.

They say history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes. Talk radio would rather you didn't know your history because here is what you would notice: Republicans have always been about rewarding the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us. It is the party of the oligarchy. When Republicans bring us to a gilded age and most of the people are struggling, but a very few are obscenely wealthy, then there is a financial collapse. It has happened before in the same way, but they don't want you to remember. That's why they are anti-intellectual. In order to avoid the cost of pollution, they deny global warming even though the science is settled. In order to satisfy the religious right, part of the base, they deny evolution. The Republican war on science no doubt has caused a deterioration of education in the US. They are a lot like the Taliban. Have a beer with Sarah Palin and maybe you'll forget all that.

To be sure you forget the past, broadcasters serve plenty of advertising, celebrity news, Michael Jackson, the octomom, crime programs that leave you in fear, almost no real journalism. They will tell you this is 'fair and balanced'. It's not just that broadcasters have dumbed down the culture, it is actually the largest scam ever.

So what would you expect ?  We forgot the lessons of the great depression and did away with the Glass-Steagle Act (which separated investment banking from savings banks.) If companies are too big to fail, they need oversight to protect the interest of taxpayers (who are actually getting caught with the tab.) Derivatives and other risky activities need full disclosure so that we know just how much trouble we're in. (We don't.) Yes Republicans, deregulation is a bad idea. Since the oligarchy that owns the media is powerful, it is unlikely we can get the reform we need or meet looming challenges. We can hope that the financial sector gets regulated so that it cannot again spin out of control.

What you have sacrificed for is a military that is larger than the rest of the world's combined. It is defending corporate interests world wide. War is profitable. The rest of the world is not happy about it, so you are likely not safer. The definition of fascism is government controlled by corporations. Talk radio will tell you that the market is a much better way to determine policy than a democratically elected government. Republicans might then tell you they care about the Constitution, but they think the 'market' should decide...and they don't like government.

You are being had...if you believe 'conservative' talk radio.

Especially since Reagan's Presidency, organized labor has been under assault, the wealthy have gamed the system and produced a new gilded age, and the funders have taken over US government. That is a fascist coup.

The fascists don't care about the people or even the planet. We are likely doomed.

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Bibliography

Dark Money: Jane Mayer

The Plot to Seize the White House by Jules Archer

The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right: Lee Fang

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man: John Perkins

The Obama Hate Machine: Bill Press

Republican Gomorrah: Max Blumenthal (2009)

The Republican Noise Machine: David Brock

Family of Secrets, Russ Baker

Blinded By The Right: David Brock

Conservatives Without Conscience: John W. Dean

No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda: by Jean Stefancic and Richard Delgado (1996)

The Coors Connection -- How Coors Family Philanthropy Undermines Democratic Pluralism by Russ Bellant (1991; 154 pgs; well-documented with 287 footnotes; published by South End Press

Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy by Jeffrey Feldman

Danger on the Right: The Attitudes, Personnel and Influence of the Radical Right and Extreme Conservatives. Arnold Foster and Benjamin R. Epstein.

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