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"By funding numerous rightwing organizations, the mega-rich Koch brothers have duped millions into supporting big business."

David H. Koch of Koch Industries, 08/30/10. (photo: Richard Schulman/Corbis)
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+8 # Oliver Bock 2010-10-27 22:05
Sounds like Frank's book "What's the Matter With Kansas" gone national. Isn't being self destructive a form of insanity?
What is it about such a large part of our population that won't take a good look at what's going on and realize that smart difficult change is required if we hope to leave a healing planet for our kids?
+11 # genierae 2010-10-28 04:11
If people really took the time to contrast the policies of the two parties, Republicans wouldn't win one election. They are the party of the rich elites, and they are the enemies of the common good, yet millions of Americans are going to vote for them, and against their own interests. Ignorance is the only thing that Republicans have going for them.
+2 # rose 2010-10-28 06:22
+11 # kelly 2010-10-28 07:24
Heard and saw a similar story on the BBC website this week; I wish our public would pay a little more attention to what was being said outside our borders about our elections than trying to rush in and regulate everyone else's. This article nailed it on the head, the Koch brothers are attempting to hijack this political cycle but you left out Rupert Murdock and Karl Rove. A media mogul is a necessity in this kind of takeover and a major manipulator of facts, hearts and minds is also key. It is estimated that approximately 3.6B will be spent on these midterms, enough to send 10,000 students to college, or pay for some of the massive deals those yelling about large government waste and fraud are screaming about. Will anything really get done by more "nay-sayers"? I suppose we'll have to wait for January to find out...
+9 # Foxtrottango 2010-10-28 08:43
They are just hoping they will get what they wish for, a stupid right wing conservative good for nothing republican government.
+5 # kelly 2010-10-28 09:38
Of course you're right, Foxtrot, it's just so hard to get my head around the idea that anyone would purchase a gun then willingly hand it over to someone else and say "now that its loaded, will you please shoot me in the head so I can see how it works?"
-14 # Walther 2010-10-28 09:33
The Tea Party doesn't exist! There are tea parties, which are locally organized political groups. I went to the Virginia convention: dozens of local tea parties had tables and talked to each other about how to get the government to follow the Constitution. Everyone I spoke to (over a dozen) wanted to reduce the size and scope of our military and the vast majority viewed corporate America as the enemy of the American people. Libertarian intellectuals mixed, former Marines and curious leftists spoke to each other with respect. It was beautiful to watch.

Of course, the corporate media wants you to keep reading their articles about the Tea Party instead of investigating yourself.

It's true, the corporate elites are pouring money into organizing massive Tea Party events, but the Tea Party isn't their construction and the article is wrong about the movement's origins - it began about a year before the CNBC episode with a group of Ron Paul support websites self-organizing a money bomb for the Ron Paul's Republican nomination campaign. The corporations are trying to corrupt the tea parties but they can't because the tea parties are focused on the Constitution.
+5 # Foxtrottango 2010-10-28 10:25
Wow! You really believe that? A young girl's head was almost bashed in at a TEA Party sponsered gathering of vultures and by white male cowards for excercising her "constitutional " rights and you come up with that crap!

I have question, since when do Libertarians, much less Neo-conservativ es, republicans, TEA Party quality for the term "intellectuals?"

I always thought of them right wing bordering-on-in sanity bible belt born, bred and raised hillbillies?
+6 # kelly 2010-10-28 11:15
Oh yes, I forgot the Constitution--a nd so did they, apparently!!! It was written AFTER the Tea Party. The original Tea Party had more to do with the part of the Constitution containing the acts about sedition and trying to overthrow the government. But they aren't dealing with George III anymore(or GW II) for that matter and don't need to plot violent coups. What is respect, sir? As Foxtrot reminded us, is it stomping on someone's head? How about what happended in my home town where some crazy tried to park an airplane in an IRS building? Are these the persons claiming to uphold the Constitution? They say abolish the Income tax because it isn't in the Constitution and don't separate church and state it isn't there either. Don't kill babies but do kill adults. Laws are only good when they find one that applies to them in a way that is beneficial to them. You can't corrupt the Tea Party, you're right. Because a hypocrite has done it to himself.
+4 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-10-29 04:38
Walther, I trust you are well intended and for this I will be respectful. You have to understand that if what you are saying is true with what people talk about at Tea Party meetings, then their own leadership is, of course, lying to it's own membership. Tea Party leadership is NOT promoting the ideas you talk about nor do they present publicly the civility you describe. And you say that the Tea Party is not of the construction of the corporate elites. I really don't see the relevence of the Tea Party starting before the corporates got in. The fact is they bought it and therefor coopted it completely. You say the corporations can't corrupt the Tea Parties because they are focused. Focused on what Walther. The Tea Party media, owned by the corporates, says otherwise. Notice I didn't just say "the corporate media"...I said "the Tea Party media" and did so for a reason. They control the message and you and those who go to Tea Party events are simply props for their staged events. Do you really think they are concerned about getting the government to follow the Constitution? What makes you think that they aren't dedicated to warping the Constitution to their benefit? Think it over.
+2 # Austin Loomis 2010-10-28 09:46
Some of the comments at the original Grauniad post make me despair for my country. More so than your average Internet comments, I mean. They really believe that what passes for incisive commentary at stormfront dot org (what did you think the 88 in Fomalhaut88 stood for?) will fly at the Grauniad. That's what happens when Americans confront the products of a nation with an actual tradition of supporting and encouraging the left, rather than doing everything possible to suppress it. All power to the people, and television must be destroyed.
+3 # kelly 2010-10-28 10:28
I went back and looked at Fomalhaut88 just to see what you were talking about(excuse me for being the uninformed American)--what a jerk. If he asks about how many jobs were created again, tell him more were out of the country than in AND tell him that we would be affected, all of us in more ways than BP could ever come up with in their creative collective capitalist brains by huge oil spills, rigs explosions or chemical waste run offs like in the Danube region with little or no repercussions because all their cronies will be in power with no authority to stop them. Other than that, I can see no reason to stop them.
+7 # Richard Schmidt 2010-10-28 10:03
Thanks for your article revealing the Tea Party for what it is--a phony front for the Koch's, Murdoch, and others of their ilk.
Richard Schmidt
-2 # John Henry 2010-10-29 17:23
I wonder if George Monbiot ever heard of Cloward and Piven. What does a Brit know about Kansas or Texas? I am a Texas TEA Partier and if anyone wants to send me money send it now. It won't buy you any influence but I will find fine ways to spend it. If this country is to be saved from its folly, it will be by the folks that lunatic fringe openly scorns. Our constitution, if followed, is still the best plan for government yet devised. Problem is that secular humanism in all its forms has been eating away at it for several generations while the rest of us were oblivious. This election is just the beginning of the clean-up in store. Get a clue George Monbiot.

Anyone who snipes at these folks from behind cover without actually attending a TEA Party function is without excuse. Shame on him.

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