The Koch brothers are the third and fourth richest men in America. Just because they reside in our nation and have more than their share of privileges, do not in any manner suggest that they are patriotic and care about our nation or its people. This week the Koch brothers have obviously made a move to buy the presidency in 2016.
The creation of the TEA Party has afforded the Koch brothers to own their own political party, which continues to receive GOP support. Invited to speak this weekend at the ‘Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce,’ owned and in the complete control of the Koch brothers, are TEA Party darlings Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker. The four have been invited to speak in front of other extremely wealthy individuals at the Palm Springs Hotel.
Oddly the Koch brothers have labeled Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush tools of the wealthy class and are not invited. In reality, what they are not are members of the radical TEA Party.
All four invitees have demonstrated that they are ambitious, and would sell their souls to receive the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Rand Paul has been campaigning from the day he was sworn in as a United States Senator.
But are the Koch brothers making an error in judgment by supporting extreme candidates? All polls have demonstrated not only unfavorable numbers about Congress, but have placed the blame directly on the TEA Party and support for its position by Speaker of the House John Boehner.
A battle is being waged within the Republican Party, and it is between the true members of the GOP and the TEA Party. What is far more obvious is that Republican voters support more mainstream candidates and want Congress to accomplish substantive legislation.
For the next two years the ‘ball is in the court’ of the Republican Party. If the 114th Congress follows in the footsteps of the 112th and 113th, and literally does nothing, they can only blame themselves. Will the TEA Party be allowed to obstruct legislation favored by the majority of Americans through 2016? Who will the frequently undecided members of the Democratic Party align themselves with?
Why have the Koch brothers invested heavily in politics. The answer is as uncomplicated as they are; greed. Although they have ‘more money than God,’ they want more. Their intent is to obtain complete control over our legislative system and buy votes guaranteeing that their interests will be the priority. The Supreme Court decision regarding ‘Citizens United’ has made that possibility a reality.
Where does the obscene amount of money amassed by the Koch brothers come from? That is the question. Koch Industries is extremely successful, but does not account for all of their extreme wealth. The brothers have been involved in several questionable legal challenges, but have survived each one. Transparency is not in their vocabulary.
Several progressive groups have attempted to expose the activities of the Koch brothers with limited success. Their influence in politics is far more obvious and is demonstrative of where their interests lie.
At present it is doubtful that one of their TEA Party purchases will receive the Republican nomination. However, with unlimited resources, they are entirely aware that everything has a price.
Commentary by James Turnage