Given their weath, influence, and power, the Kochs are in a privileged
postion. They can buy politicians, they spend heavily on lobbying,
and they fund numerous groups focused
on the Koch agenda. They can effectively hide behind these groups,
and all the groups can broadcast the same Koch message -- which
serves to (falsely) legitimize it.
They have raised, and spent, astronomically huge sums in an effort
to effectively buy government -- by buying politicians. They now
have tremendous influence in the Republican Party.
Through their radica-right group called "Americans For Prosperity"
(AFP, which would be better named "Americans For Plutocrats"),
they have been interfering on the local and state level. AFP sends
deceptive and misleading mailers, engages in deceptive robo calls,
and was a major force in forming and promoting teabagger groups.
With a paid staff and a presence in 43 or so states, AFP is an insidious
force, working to enact the Koch agenda.
Koch talk about "economic freedom" revolves primarily
around policies which would serve to further enrich the Kochs and
harm the working class. They want to destroy government and government
agencies which protect people from polluters like the Kochs.
The Kochs are major funders of the American Legisllative Exchange
Council (ALEC), an insidious marriage of corporations and (mostly
Republican) politicians. Corporations draft laws in consort with
the politicians they own, and those laws get introduced into state
The Kochs, with other Big Oil corporations, are funders of climate
change denial and opposition to renewable energy like rooftop solar
The United States is now effectively an oligarchy, with corporations
and plutocrats like the Kochs controlling government and oppressing
the working class.
Thanks to the Kochs, we are on our way to a return to serfdom.
Both Democratic and Republican politicians sell themselves to the
highest bidder. We need change, and we need to send the duopoly
a message: "We are fed up with you".
We need viable third parties, like the Green
Party, which accepts no corporate donations.
Your vote means nothing. We are always relegated to voting for
the least-worst candidate, and that candidate comes from the corrupt
Democratic Party or the more corrupt Republican Party. If you plan
to vote for a Democrat or a Republican, I recommend you just sit
out the next election. Whomever you vote for will not serve you.