Sons of Birchers. That is exactly what Charles and David Koch are, and they are passing on their legacy in a way that only money can buy – no, they already have passed on the legacy to Scott Walker, who, in turn, has charmed most of the people in Wisconsin into a myth, a fabrication that the Birch way is best for “freedom”, a delusion that the fetid political philosophies of the dark decades of racism, homophobia, and Ayne Rand narcissism are, somehow, the stuff of the American Dream. But, what is a Bircher? A believer in the ideas and political philosophies of the John Birch Society, and believe me, those ideas are not the Wisconsin Idea. But, maybe that is why Scott Walker choose to edit that idea, as he has “edited” collective bargaining rights, women’s rights, public education, transparency in government… oh, but the list goes on, and it is long.
Like His Dad, Charles Koch Was a Bircher
The roots of the “Birch” legacy go to back to Fred Koch, the father of Charles and David Koch, and those tangled roots have been visited into Wisconsin by Scott Walker. The Birch landscape is dark, the ideas extreme, but it’s amazing what a billion dollars can do to dress up a wolf into the cutest little kitty you ever saw. Meow, meow, meow and unions are bad, teachers are lazy, and abortion is always bad in every case, divide and conquer, and the ends justify the means.
Guess who billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have settled on as top choice in the 2016 election? No surprise for middle class folks who’ve been caught in the petri dish of plutocratic experimentation for the past five years. The Bothers Koch remain in the background pulling the strings attached to marionettes, puppets, and moppets. Secrecy and anonymity was always the “Bircher” way, and the Koch Brothers are the peddlers of the John Birch Society goals under brave new brands, super pacs, boasting a poet’s choice of names peppered with words like, prosperity, growth, free, patriot, America. Franklin, which are all smoke and mirrors for the same old idea – John Birch Society.
Enter Scott Walker stage right. The national press speaks to the announcement as though it is news worthy, but it is not breaking news to the middle class of Wisconsin, it’s just more of the “insult to injury” that has already broken Wisconsin and unions, and women rights, and public schools, and the Wisconsin Idea itself.
Conspiracy theory? No. A real conspiracy.
The message and tactics are the same.
Today, as announced on Amy Goodman’s DemocracyNow!, the Progressive Inc. and the Center for Media and Democracy are publishing new information and analysis documenting that billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was an active member of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its active campaigns against the civil rights movement.The Progresssive July 2014
The photo depicts billboards and pamphlets paid for by the John Birch Society when Charles Koch was an active and high ranking member. Look at the “King is Communist” bill board compared to the vote fraud bill boards that appeared in Milwaukee. Bradley Foundation “BOO” Billboards
With the new aggression of the right, the level playing field for campaign contribution has been on “tilt”, allowing the privileged to vote with dollars. The Einhorn Family Foundation (Daniel Einhorn in the photo below far right) is funneled money from the Bradley Foundation (Michael W. Grebe president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation pictured top) to support “a public education project”.
Connections of tactics and message of The John Birch Society and Walker policies abound. But what little difference that makes now, as he has all but abandoned the state for a bigger and better political future. The sons of birchers have named their man to sell their extremist bag of tricks on the national stage in the Great Freedom Prosperity and Growth of Patriots” show. Funny, how none of the national media mentions the John Birch Society connection to Charles Koch. Plutocracy marches on.