On Memorial Day
This has been, and continues to be, accomplished by the expenditure of almost infinite amounts of money to fund ideas, and change the way Americans think and vote, with the ultimate aim of reducing taxes, particularly on the wealthy, and eliminating government regulation of business and finance. It has been a gradual process, taking place over the past third of a century in often halting steps, but nonetheless, is now perched at the pinnacle of our economic, social and political structure. Its proponents aspire to a state in which individual liberty is defined as both corporate and individual “freedom from government,” which is theoretically by its very nature, evil. Those of you who have read the novels of Ayn Rand may have some idea of what I am talking about. By stretching and squeezing definitions and regulations, those that are carrying out this theft of the United States from its citizens are doing it legally.
The author starts the book explaining how the money which drives this movement was initially accumulated and used. The Scaife, Olin, and Bradley families’ wealth is discussed and what was done with it. Most significantly, the Koch family’s history, its free-market orientation and how their “non-political” involvement in politics spread throughout the “free market” is explained. She covers how the personnel to do this was amassed, the establishment of the Tea Party, the relationship to the energy business, the disbelief in climate change, the despoiling of the environment, the Citizens United decision, the elections of 2010, 2012 and 2014, the gaining of influence in Congress and in State legislatures (in order to gerrymander) and finally, successfully convincing America that the reduction of not only taxes on the wealthy but also of the role of government itself actually produced “well-being” for more Americans.
"Although we as individuals are clearly the most charitable people in the world, our prime objective is wealth preservation.”
"If the funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and every government spending program out there were cut at least in half, we would never again need to even think about raising taxes. We might even cut them significantly. Frankly, I know people would be hurting and some might even die, and things the government does, like roads and dams and research, would have to be eliminated. But it is far more important that this nation preserve our freedom to accumulate wealth without having to share it with anyone else through excessive taxation. It’s our money. We cannot have anything that would even hint at the Marxist concept of wealth redistribution. That’s what high taxes really are. The French cut off Louis XIV’s head to start this God damn leftist ball rolling and we aim to make sure it is stopped right here.”
1. We must control the media. We have to have at least one or two major TV networks in our pocket whose programming we can control. We must dominate talk radio, internet web sites, newspapers, particularly in smaller cities and towns, and magazines. Once they get our message out, it gets E-mailed all over the country, multiplied ten-fold.
2. We must fund foundations and institutes which provide legitimate appearing material and documentation, telling our story, to be provided to the media. Generously endowing a few hard-up colleges or universities can result in strong support for our position from the academic world.
3. We must ally ourselves with groups who seem susceptible to adopting our ideology because they are already single-mindedly devoted to one cause or another. This blind devotion can be easily transferred to our cause. This will increase our numbers and believe me, this is very applicable to members of Congress and local legislators. The groups with which we must ally ourselves are endless. They include pro-Israel groups, pro-life groups, creationists, anti-fluouride groups, home schooling and pro-educational voucher groups, evangelical Christian groups, anti-immigrant groups, chambers of commerce, some professional societies, sporting groups, bankers associations and Second Amendment groups.
4. We must repeatedly attack any opposition to our positions. Innuendo and stretching the truth can be used to discredit any who disagree with us. Guilt by association and lies, even ones easily disproven, are effective tools since refuting them takes the opposition’s eye off of the ball. Individuals who are in financial distress can be coerced. Anything questionable in an opponent’s personal life should be capitalized on.
"If any of you are not willing to contribute $200,000,000 to this effort right now and commit to that amount each and every year for the next ten years, you may get up and leave this room right now. All of your jets out there have been refueled and are ready to take off with you if you so choose. Remember though, what I propose is not only for your good, but for the good of the country as we know it. You see, I am firmly convinced of the truth of every word that I have said.”