Here is the beginning of the op ed I just posted on Daily Kos entitled, "The Koch brothers exemplify the planetary perils of extreme wealth":
Among the billions of stars in ours and surrounding galaxies, very few have the potential for intelligent life. When you think big picture, I mean really big picture on that kind of scale, we have to be so grateful that we have a planet that can support us. What lives here on earth is far more precious than we realize day to day, yet it's in human nature to take it for granted sometimes.
But what puts it all in peril is inhuman nature, the lust of greed so vast and resources so entrenched that a few individuals have the power to threaten our future for their own gain. And the Koch brothers, Charles and David, are at the top of that sociopathic pyramid.
The Koch brothers are not job creators, they are PLANET KILLERS. They are the essence of what the destruction of humanity will look like. They each have tens of billions in personal assets, yet they want to tip the scales further in their favor through lobbying in DC, in state legislation through ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), and monopoly capitalism. They manipulate public opinion through support of right-wing think tanks and superPACs, issuing talking points to media talking heads, and through commandeering the tea party.
They are Republo-fascists, looking to reshape America to a land where giant corporations hold all the power, and the middle class withers into subservience and despair. And their newest weapons in the propaganda wars are to buy the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the rest of the holdings of the Tribune Company. In total there will be 15 newspapers and 24 terrestrial TV stations in play.
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So back to the big, big picture. Just what can the Koch brothers do to imperil our lives, our species, our planet?
For starters, the Koch brothers are one of the largest cogs in a political machine that promotes the Republo-fascist agenda through disinformation, legislative control, religious inflexibility, and corporate power. Insanely deep pockets and a well-orchestrated long-term plan are what the Koch brothers bring to the mix, and that's why they are so pivotal in where this political machine turns.
The propaganda this machine pumps out refuting global climate change is forcing us past the point of no return by delaying an all-encompassing American response to the threat. On the political front, this machine stands for bulldozing individual rights for the benefit of corporate rights by limiting oversight and individual claims for damages, as well as silencing whistleblowers.
But what perhaps is scariest is how successful those at the controls of this machine are at presenting a patriotic facade to push Americans towards voting against their best interests. Buzz words crafted by Karl Rove and Frank Luntz have blinded these conservatives from the truth, tying this lemming-like behavior to personal pride. And even more devious is the messaging that tilts Christianity towards their goals and away from Live and Let Live.
Why is it that evangelical Christians in the public eye rally for the unborn but turn their backs on the newborn? This is because of the logic disconnect that the Koch brothers and their ilk have fostered in their underground effort to turn conservatism into CORPservatism. Wouldn't people that care so much for a fetus extend at least a portion of that devotion into the actual infant? Wouldn't making sure this new child has decent healthcare, good schools, and a solvent family be the best way to give it a fighting chance? If a life is precious, shouldn't it be treated as such outside the womb?
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