How the Koch Brothers Stole America

How the Koch Brothers Stole America ACT 2

As you may remember from Act 1 which played out in December of 2011, the Koch Brothers had finally used their billions to buy Congress. The final soliloquy was delivered on the floor of the house with an eloquence that should line him up for the Congressional Metal of Honor.

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (born October 2, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 4th congressional district, serving since 2007.

It happened on the shortest day of the year. The Koch Bros. usurp the power of the House, the Senate, the President and the People of the United States.

On Dec. 20, 2011 the Congress of the United States was delivered to the Koch Brothers in a box – just in time for Christmas 2011.

Below is a short excerpt of the words spoken by Hank Johnson Dec. 20.The words were spoken after a long day of “debate” on the tax holiday extension. He came forward and spoke for a full hour before the final gavel of that days business.

Oh, there is a, sort of, cartoon! The clip begins with the famous “fake” call to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker from the reporter from Daily Beast who was posing as the real David Koch.

The billionaire brothers set out to prove that self interest and a healthy helping of money could create apolitical movement. Charles and David Koch set out to fool most of the people most of the time by manipulating the media to follow the rise of the tea party as a grass roots movement.

In ACT 2 they prove they control Public Television

Not only to the Brother’s Koch control Congress, but now they control the Public Broadcasting Service.

Aubrey Bloomfield in Politics 4 months ago

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has bowed to pressure from the powerful Koch brothers and declined to show a documentary critical of the Kochs and the role of money in American politics. The documentary, titled Citizen Koch and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, focuses on the Wisconsin uprising and the role played by big money interests such as the Koch’s in Governor Scott Walker’s 2010 election and his efforts to limit collective bargaining.

You’ve probably noticed how David Koch is a featured sponsor of “Nova”, and that sponsorship appears to entitle them to censor other program decisions. A great way to loosen the grips of the Brother Koch on Public Television is to withhold your contribution while clarifying that you will not give to the Koch Brother’s censored entity. You can also sign a petition:

PBS: Fight censorship from the Koch brothers and air “Citizen Koch” documentary Petition by Christine Scherer Ashland, MA

Ted Cruz and Dr. Seuss

Senator Ted Cruz is often pointed outgreen eggs cruz as being the voice, the spearhead, the quarterback of team “Shut Down”. But who is the coach? The Koch Brothers! Cruz is dumb like a fox, and he knew precisely what he was doing in introducing “Green Eggs and Ham”(graphic at left from Democratic Underground.com) into his fake filibuster. He knew it would trend on twitter, freak on face book, and provide fodder for the 24 hour news cycle to spin, toss, and tumble for days to come.

Free Wisconsin will not be absolved from leaping on the “Dr. Sues” band wagon!

An original Dr. Suess channeled rendition of:

“How the Koch Brothers Stole America”.

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Here the Brothers will meet with leaders
Of wealth and power and crafty cheaters
It will be a tea party, or so they report
But the tea they are drinking is of a sort
That turns the drinkers nasty and mean
The nastiest nasties you’ve ever seen.

What is the plan these nasties have spun?
To invite any and all that will come
By saying they will get a piece of the pie
And many believe it, don’t ask me why.
Some were Senators and vote seeking creatures
Some judges, some lawyers, and even some preachers.

Oh but the nastier, nastiest plan of all
Was to bring them up and watch them fall.
The Littles were drawn up tempted by charms
They moved in long lines with tight locked arms.
Individual freedom was the chant they were singing
Yet they sung as a chorus joined in bringing
A rift of me against them and those against us
Until all here and there were caught in the fuss.


Oh, never has such a jagged, terrible riff
Been plotted and danced at the edge of a cliff.
But the Brothers knew well, this was their plan
To control their mountain and most of the land.
Oh how they chuckled as the Little’s drew near
The edge of the cliff, there goal was clear.

To push them off and watch them fall
Down to their depths like one big ball.

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Walker's Wisconsin – Silencing Song

Silencing of Song in Fitzwalkerstan, Whoville, or Estonia

Wisconsin labor leader Marty Beil calls on union members to join Solidarity Sing Along
Judith Davidoff on Friday 08/16/2013 5:06 pm

“This is our fight and our time. We need you standing shoulder to shoulder with other Wisconsin citizens to call out the inequities, corruption and incompetence of the Walker administration. Yours in the union!”

There is a power and spirit in song that sustains the human spirit with an eternal foundation more enduring than the earth itself.

Capitol Police Chief, David Erwin, has embarked on a mission impossible. He has been cast in a role in which he is doomed to fail. Many a predecessor, who have set out to silence the singing voices of an inspired people, have all been defeated by a omniscient power outside the limited authoritarian code. What happened to the “Grinch who stole Christmas” and the kings of psychotic horror, Stalin and Hitler, in face with the power of song? The Who’s of Whoville won out over the Grinch as the people of Estonia smashed the dictators with a most gentle and lyrical grace.

“Hallelujah”

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
– Leonard Cohen

Yet, out of ignorance or a self righteous zeal for power and purpose, despots have taken aim at the power of angels who, in every instance, are left dancing on the ashes of the villains of history – of the Grinches and dictators who failed in the the fool’s mission of the silencing of song.

The “David” who did not care for music

Chief David Erwin (pictured below) is not the David who played the Hallelujah that pleased, but seems to be a David who really doesn’t care for music, or singing in the Capitol Rotunda. What is it about song that raises the hackles of Chief David? The answer is simple and goes back to the birth of song itself – song flies on the wings of angels and cannot be clubbed or cuffed into submission. Song is the maker of fools; it leaves those who attempt to subdue it stranded on a beech while attempting to collect the ocean in a little plastic pail.

This David, who does not care for music, is the new chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police who has been shuffling along trying to fill the huge shoes of Chief Tubbs. He is bringing a new approach to law enforcement in the Capitol which includes striking a harsh E flat Major in the silencing of song.

The Song of the Solidarity Sing Along

Regulars at the Solidarity Sing Along have rode the wings of angels in the Capitol rotunda space on most weekdays at noon for 17 months singing old union songs and folk tunes. I don’t know what the original inspiration was, but the daily singing harkens to the touching human story of the “Singing Revolution’ of Estonia.

The Soviets took the Estonians’ farms and their churches and their freedom of speech, but they could not take away the folk songs that had been passed down from generation to generation. Singing their folk songs had always kept the Estonian spirit alive. “We had no weapons but singing,” says one Estonian. “Being together, singing together, this was our power.

At the link below you will find another link to the movie “The Singing Revolution” on Netflix.
Singing Revolution

Journalist, Madison alder arrested as Wisconsin Capitol police broaden crackdown
Judith Davidoff and Joe Tarr on Thursday 08/15/2013 6:52 pm

Rothschild (Progressive editor) says when he told the officers he had a right to be there, one grabbed his arm and told him he was being charged with obstruction.

“I didn’t get close to the officers,” he says. “I didn’t get in their face when we walked down the hall. I was just trying to get in position to take a decent picture.”

Rothschild was brought in handcuffs to the basement offices of the Capitol Police and then transferred to Dane County jail in a squad car. He was fingerprinted, frisked and photographed for a mug shot. He then spent just under 90 minutes in a holding cell with three other inmates.

Let Us Sing!

In their own way and in their own time, and using their voices alone, the people of Estonia fought for their independence. Estonian activist Heinz Valk called it “the Singing Revolution.” He says of that time, “Until now, revolutions have been filled with destruction, burning, killing and hate, but we started our revolution with a smile and a song.”

When their capitol was secure, activist Marju Lauristin stood out on the balcony of the building and thanked the people. “We were sure that if you came to help us that you would do it in the way you did. With your intelligence, your songs, your heart. That is when we are at our strongest. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” And the people of Estonia raised their clasped hands to the sky above, and sang.






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Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
Quintilian

Protest is one thing. Song is another

Taking measures to quiet any group of people when singing, strikes at heart strings as a sacrilege against all that is human. The police can be sent in with shields and gas to stop the protest, the march, the occupation and find many sympathizers, but this is not true of a protest arising out of people joined in song.

Who can sympathize with the Grinch as he complains:

Sing, sing sing sing now I’ll never get no sleep
I’m screaming out the window but it don’t do no good
They sing and sing and sing
All through the neighborhood, sing sing sing

They take their little break and then
They do it all again

Now we have a Governor Grinch whose whose dread of song can be best described in the words of Dr. Seuss, in 3 words “Stink, Stank, Stonk”!

Every weekday,for nearly two years, as the clock strikes noon, dozens of demonstrators pass out songbooks inside the Wisconsin Capitol. Office workers who know what’s coming scramble to close their doors, and several police officers take up watch from a distance.Huffington Post

102 citations have been issued since new Capitol Police Chief, former Marine and body guard to GovernEr Scott Walker, David Erwin took over. These citations are “valued” at $200.50 and up. The total charged against singers is now more than $24,000!

There is a power and spirit in song that sustains the human spirit with an eternal foundation more enduring than the earth itself.

David Erwin has embarked on a mission impossible. He has cast himself in a role that has been the doom of many a predecessor as fantastical as the Grinch who stole Christmas and historically psychotic as Stalin and Hitler. Yet, out of ignorance or a self righteous zeal for power and purpose this mere mortal has taken aim at the power of angels and stands on the ashes of those villains of history who have failed in the silencing of song.

David is the new chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police who is already shuffling along trying to fill the huge shoes of Chief Tubbs. He is bringing a new approach to law enforcement in the Capitol which includes striking a harsh E flat Major in the silencing of song.
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“Hallelujah”

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
– Leonard Cohen

Chief David Erwin (pictured above) is not the David who played but seems to be a David who really doesn’t care for music, or singing in the Capitol Rotunda. What is it about song that raises the hackles of Chief David? The answer is simple and goes back to the birth of song itself – song flies on the wings of angels and cannot be clubbed or cuffed into submission. Song is the maker of fools and leaves those who attempt to subdue it, as ridiculous as the boy who would attempt to collect the ocean in his little plastic pail.

Help Free the Solidarity Song for Wisconsin

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cited for singing in the Wisconsin State Capital.

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Need a little motivational push?

You are contributing to the same spirit of song that has endured in Estonia’s long fight for independence. The Estonian people endured with a revolution filled with smiles and song.

In their own way and in their own time, and using their voices alone, the people of Estonia fought for their independence. Estonian activist Heinz Valk called it “the Singing Revolution.” He says of that time, “Until now, revolutions have been filled with destruction, burning, killing and hate, but we started our revolution with a smile and a song.”

When their capitol was secure, activist Marju Lauristin stood out on the balcony of the building and thanked the people. “We were sure that if you came to help us that you would do it in the way you did. With your intelligence, your songs, your heart. That is when we are at our strongest. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” And the people of Estonia raised their clasped hands to the sky above, and sang.