Liberals love to hate the Koch (sounds like “Coke”) brothers because of their reputation for supporting conservative and libertarian political causes through a nonprofit they founded that’s called Americans for Prosperity. The organization’s motto is “We protect the American Dream by fighting each day for lower taxes, less government regulation and economic prosperity for all” — what could possibly be wrong with that?
Plenty, according to the people at OurFuture.org.
Their website ominously warns “But the Koch brothers are a symbol of a greater problem of the power of money in politics—in particular, the ability of some über-rich people and large corporations to put their massive thumbs on the scale of democracy in ways that manipulate and ultimately overwhelm the will of the people.”
However, reality (and O.C.D. people like me) present a problem for our liberal activist friends at OurFuture.org. Several years ago, minimal research at a different website called OpenSecrets.org revealed that the Koch brothers weren’t even among the top 50 political donors — which means they really aren’t behind the really big money in politics. Big money tends to go to liberal Democrats, possibly because their votes are less expensive.
We cannot safely assume Republican integrity isn’t also for sale. The fact that a number of Republicans campaigned on repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act but then voted to kill the repeal proved that Republican politicians aren’t more trustworthy than Democrats. Unfortunately, we may only deduce that Democrat votes are cheaper votes to buy.
Supporting free speech is wonderful and noble, but bankrolling criminal gangs poorly disguised as protesting mobs is an evil and disruptive act of sedition. Some of these masked “Antifa” types have committed wanton acts of violence, and destroyed private property in broad daylight.
Adding insult to injury, on several occasions the police have allegedly been ordered to “stand down” by the Democrat politicians in charge of liberal enclaves such as Berkeley (during protests to prevent speeches by conservative pundits) and Baltimore (to protest the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.) For example, in the video below, a cowardly mob swarms and attacks a nonviolent counter-protester in broad daylight, brazenly committing felonious assault while the police just stood there and watched it happen.
(Editorial note: YouTube has removed this video. Censorship at its finest.)
If the incident shown in the video doesn’t disturb you, then you also shouldn’t object to the targeted victim pulling out a concealed weapon and shooting four or five of his attackers, either.
And it will happen, sooner or later. People do have the legal right to protect themselves.
During the 2016 election campaign, an act of sedition occurred when people were transported by bus into North Carolina, specifically for the purpose of creating mayhem and social unrest. The police in Charlotte later revealed to the media that 70 percent of the criminals arrested during the protest possessed out-of-state driver’s licenses.
The website Zero Hedge reported that George Soros has funded much of this activity through his Open Society Foundation, but this is nothing new.
George Soros has been buying power and influence in Washington since the scandalous days of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Soros was the money behind MoveOn.org and made major donations to Media Matters. More recent financial records indicate that through the OSF, Soros gave $650,000 to the Black Lives Matter organization, to help fund the riots that took place Ferguson, Missouri after Michael Brown was killed.
While Soros hasn’t been credited with funding Yvette Felarca and BAMN, someone with deep pockets has to be paying the legal fees for all the harassing litigation they have filed against Troy Worden and the Berkeley College Republicans. Their strategy seems to be to bankrupt the student organization with an endless stream of frivolous lawsuits. Everyone opposed to these anarchist tactics to divide Americans should support the Mr. Worden and the Berkeley College Republicans with a donation to his legal defense fund, found at this link.
Someone is funding this insurrection. But who’s behind it? It isn’t only George Soros, although it’s a pathetic joke and a travesty of justice that he gets a tax benefit as he buys political power through his “charitable” organization. Nevertheless, George Soros is far from being the only liberal activist with deep pockets and an insatiable desire for buying power in Washington.
Billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer recently tried to launch a $10 million dollar advertising campaign calling for the impeachment of President Trump on Fox News, but the television network returned his money after viewers reacted negatively to the ads. Apparently a majority of the audience of Fox News would prefer for the president to first commit an impeachable offense. Normally, one would suspect that a super-successful hedge fund manager like Mr. Steyer would be making smarter investments with his fortune, but of course he has every right to let his money speak on his behalf.
There’s also billionaire hedge fund manager Jim Simons, who supports political action committees (PACs) of liberal Democrats such as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, and apparently the same is true for hedge funds — both Simons and conservative political donor Robert Mercer are partners in the hedge fund known as Renaissance Technologies, which manages a tidy $30 billion in assets. That’s right — two of the biggest political donors in the last election cycle, one liberal and one conservative, both earn their income from the same company.
Nor should we neglect to mention the political contributions from Harvey Weinstein and the “intelligentsia” of Hollywood — or the influence of liberal internet entrepreneurs in social media (Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook) and search engines (Eric Schmidt of Google.) However, the average American cannot literally compete head-to-head with people like George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg or Tom Steyer, because the average American doesn’t have an extra $10 million dollars to burn.
Even so, it’s very important to remember that George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Jim Simons all earn a great deal of income by investing and managing money that actually belongs to other people. Even they must replenish what they spend or eventually they run out of money.
Empty seats and lost revenue due to the current fan boycott of the NFL has been noted by the people who write the checks. According to adweek.com, top advertisers have begun threatening to cut ties with the league. Papa John’s Pizzas now blames the NFL for the nationwide decrease in Sunday pizza sales. Money talks, as the old expression goes. There is strength in numbers.
NFL players can grumble all they want about being denied their right to protest (which isn’t true) while representing their employer “on the job”, which average Joe Taxpayer also cannot do, but they are apparently oblivious to the fact that without the fans, the players won’t have jobs.
There is a special name for football games played without fans — they’re called scrimmages. The brutal truth is, when fans no longer care, the games no longer matter.
Nothing grabs a person’s attention like the sudden loss of significant income. People who can afford to travel from one state to another in order to join some ginned-up protest probably don’t work for a living…but they are getting money from somewhere. Dry up the money behind these ne’er-do-wells, and this problem will soon fade from memory.
Perhaps the solution to ending sedition in America will be making hedge funds illegal.