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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-03-09 08:20 PM
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From Brooks Brothers Riot to anti-Tax Tea Parties: Corporate America v. "The Common Herd"

During the 2000 recount in Florida, a bunch of Republican operatives staged a spontaneous riot at the Miami-Dade County polling place in order to stop election workers from counting lawfully cast votes. Among those who were bussed into the state was one Roger Pyle , suspect number one from the infamous lineup above. At the time he was an aid to then Congressman Tom Delay (R). Note his outraged expression. The democratic principle, handed down from our Founders and codified in our Constitution, of one man, one vote clearly alarmed this American, who had a hankering for the old fashioned rule by divine mandate which Tom Paine excoriated so articulately in Common Sense .

Most wise men, in their private sentiments, have ever treated hereditary right with contempt; yet it is one of those evils, which when once established is not easily removed; many submit from fear, others from superstition, and the more powerful part shares with the king the plunder of the rest.
Tom Paine Common Sense

The Brooks Brother Rioters belonged to that last class of men. They intended to share the plunder of our country. According to a follow up piece done by the Washington Post in 2005, Pyle went on to become director of federal affairs at Koch Industries .

Koch Industries is the largest privately owned company in the U.S. The family made its money from oil. It patriarch founded the John Birch Society. The current owners fund a variety of conservative projects and think tanks. They also like to pollute with impunity. On the eve of the 2000 presidential election, the EPA was all over them.

During the months leading up to the 2000 presidential elections, the company faced even more liability, in the form of a 97-count federal indictment charging it with concealing illegal releases of 91 metric tons of benzene, a known carcinogen, from its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas.


If convicted, the company faced fines of up to $352 million, plus possible jail time for company executives. After George W. Bush became president, however, the U.S. Justice Department dropped 88 of the charges. Two days before the trial, John Ashcroft settled for a plea bargain, in which Koch pled guilty to falsifying documents. All major charges were dropped, and Koch and Ashcroft settled the lawsuit for a fraction of that amount.

Install a monarch and share in the plunder. It is no wonder that Koch Industries rewarded several of the Brooks Brother Rioters for their part in overturning the popular vote in 2000 presidential election--in effect plunging us back to the year 1775. Another of the anti-vote counting rioters, Matt Schlapp suspect number 6, also went on to work for Koch.

Now, the Koch family has its fingers in another spontaneous grassroots movement of the Astroturf varietyonly this time they claim to embrace the democratic principles which they rejected so ardently (some might say, so illegally) eight years ago. According to Think Progress, the anti-Obama, anti-Tax, anti-Health Care Tea Parties that are being held across the country this year are secretly being funded by the Kochs:

Despite these attempts to make the movement appear organic, the principle organizers of the local events are actually the lobbyist-run think tanks Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works. The two groups are heavily staffed and well funded, and are providing all the logistical and public relations work necessary for planning coast-to-coast protests.


Americans for Prosperity is run by Tim Phillips, who was Ralph Reeds former partner in the lobbying firm Century Strategies. The group is funded by Koch family foundations a family whose wealth is derived from the oil industry. Indeed Americans for Prosperity has coordinated pro-drilling grassroots events around the country.

The corporate interests which created the Tea Parties seek to portray certain duties which the voters assigned to the federal government last fall---such as health care reform, a clean environment, energy self sufficiency--- as un-American. They do this by claiming that the taxes which will be used to pay for these voter mandates are un-American. However, those who did not sleep through American History will remember that the Boston Tea Party was staged to protest taxation without representation . It was not a protest of taxes, per say. The Founders of our country were not opposed to taxation, otherwise they would not have included the part of the Constitution which empowers the federal government to impose taxes.

Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several states

Read The Rights of Man and you will find that Tom Paine objected to taxes levied by the powerful to line their pockets and to fund foreign wars (which also benefited the rich and powerful). You know, Bush Jr. style taxes. About social spending he wrote:

Civil government does not exist in executions; but in making such provision for the instruction of youth and the support of age, as to exclude, as much as possible, profligacy from the one and despair from the other. Instead of this, the resources of a country are lavished upon kings, upon courts, upon hirelings, impostors and prostitutes; and even the poor themselves, with all their wants upon them, are compelled to support the fraud that oppresses them.
Why is it that scarcely any are executed but the poor? The fact is a proof, among other things, of a wretchedness in their condition. Bred up without morals, and cast upon the world without a prospect, they are the exposed sacrifice of vice and legal barbarity. The millions that are superfluously wasted upon governments are more than sufficient to reform those evils, and to benefit the condition of every man in a nation, not included within the purlieus of a court. This I hope to make appear in the progress of this work.

The organizers of the Tea Parties like to style themselves as American patriots. This is bullshit. They are corporate lackeys who objected to representative rule in 2000 and they object to representative rule in 2009. When they decry taxes what they are really objecting to is the alleviation of sickness and poverty---which keep the people powerless and the powerful wealthy.

The quote which follows may or may not be correctly attributed. It certainly reflects the philosophy of groups like the ones Koch Industries finances.

Capital must protect itself in every way...Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd.
-J.P. Morgan

Bush Jr. was selected to drive up the deficit, plunge the nation into war, send us into depression and increase wealth disparity. The folks who broke the law to put him into the White House in 2000 will stop at nothing to keep "the common herd" from undoing the mess they worked so hard to create. They may have lost the election, but they do not intend to lose the class war, even if it means co-opting the very spirit of revolution.

However, if the majority of the American people want to spend their money to improve the public health and clean up the air, anyone who tries to stop them is an enemy of the American system of representative government.

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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-03-09 08:24 PM
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1. Koch, eh? very interesting.
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scentopine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-03-09 08:46 PM
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2. Excellent work ! So what can we do?
I have long been arguing we need a real protest in washington that makes it clear that we sent Obama into the whitehouse with a mandate to end this bullshit on wall street and with health care. No comical regional gatherings of douche bags with tea bags hanging from their hats. 100,000+ strong and vocal protest marchers making noise and making sure sure Washington notices. We need to participate in government and that means doing more than pulling a lever every few years. It every bit the patriotic act to protest and fight injustice in America as it is to fight in Iraq.

With unemployment headed past 10% and wall street sucking every last dime from the treasury while sending jobs to india and china, how much worse does it need to get before people put down the blogs and the crappy tv shows and instead take to the streets where we can make a difference?

We can't depend on super hero obama. It should be clear after Geihtner and Summers were appointed that things were not going to change.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-04-09 12:56 AM
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7. You are right about the ecomomic oppointees.
The are Wall Street banksters, and the change is going to benefit them greatly.
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nosmokes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-03-09 08:52 PM
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3. great post. K&R!.
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bluesmail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-03-09 09:28 PM
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4. Doesn't hurt to remember the past history. Recent past.
Those rioters and their history have helped to untangle that eensy bit of our history. Those Brook Brothers are a major link into, I think, the whole GD mess that we are in AND have been in for decades. What an era we are living through. Oh my. Oh My.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-03-09 10:29 PM
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5. Damn these Fascists to Hell! Sic Semper Tyrannus!

"It is wrong to think that belief in freedom always leads to victory; we must always be prepared for it to lead to defeat. If we choose freedom, then we must be prepared to perish along with it. Poland fought for freedom as no other country did. The Czech nation was prepared to fight for its freedom in 1938; it was not lack of courage that sealed its fate. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 the work of young people with nothing to lose but their chains triumphed and then ended in failure. ... Democracy and freedom do not guarantee the millennium. No, we do not choose political freedom because it promises us this or that. We choose it because it makes possible the only dignified form of human coexistence, the only form in which we can be fully responsible for ourselves. Whether we realize its possibilities depends on all kinds of things and above all on ourselves."

--Karl Popper
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-03-09 10:44 PM
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6. Now THIS is what DU can still be! Bravo, K&R.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-04-09 11:19 AM
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8. K&R !!
That whole "spontaneous" stop the recount in 2000 Brooks Brothers riot still galls me.

And here we have Koch Industries sponsoring the "spontaneous" tea parties and getting a revisionist history bonus into the deal! Get the poor suckers who really need national health care and federal stimulus jobs taking care of the shameful heap of dangerously deferred maintenance the Cheeneey gang left behind in order to pursue their war profiteering-- get those who need assistance to protest against their own interests once again.

When the real taxation without representation is in the realm of military spending-- privatizing military services at an enormous cost to the taxpayer; still too much classified spending on interventionist foreign policy to smooth the way for multinational corporations; etc.
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Grinchie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-05-09 04:08 PM
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17. You are exactly right. Black Budget expenditures rule American policy.
Edited on Sun Jul-05-09 04:13 PM by Grinchie
The sad thing about the Black Budget destabilization of other regimes, supposedly in the best interest of the United States, is that it alwyas collapses at some point, and becomes a negative feedback loop, allowing yet more money to be spent maintaining a ludicrously lethal Military Industrial complex.

Call me a Luddite, but I have friends that still drive vehicles manufactured in World War 2. They utilize the simplest and most robust form of technology availabkle in those days, and they still start up like clockwork, drive like a dream, even when hauling 5 tons of material, and can be repaired by almost anyone. They are quiet, efficient and functional.

Nowadays, we have technically overengineered equipment that is so expensive, replacement costs and the technology to accomplish it are state secrets. Army surplus? Hah, you'll be lucky to get a green screen cathode ray tube and some filing cabinets.. All the rest will be crushed and destroyed to prevent technology from "getting into the wrong hands".

So, we have the regime destabilization techniques, plainly obvious to see in the message given by the government controlled Mainstream Media, and little by little, the citizens are coerced into thinking this is normal. Most Americans truly believe that they are superior in some ephemeral way, and have no qualms about Invasions, Nuking another sovereign country, or meddling in the development of other nations.

When nations such as Iran, proven victims of American Unconventional Warfare, raise their middle finger and say "We are on to your fraud", they are immediately villified and painted as some evil threat.

This behavior is unacceptable to me. It makes us no better than any tyrant that uses force to coerce another to do its bidding, and I for one am not going to pay for it anymore.

The tax system is so opaque, we have no idea where the money they take from us goes, except maybe for real property taxes, which I support. Federal Income Taxes are an unnaccounted Direct Tax on my labor. I refuse to allow them to steal a portion of my wage for their Military and Empire Ambitions.

We have spent so much on the Military, yet when it all boils down to the essence, none of this weaponry should ever be used. It will eventually end up with hand to hand combat when all the infrastructure is destroyed, the factories stop producing, and every ounce of raw materials lies smoldering in a twisted heap of contaminated metal.

It is the Fraudulent, uncontrolled creation of money that enables this system to flourish. We as a country have to stop cooperating with this fraud, and let it expose itself for what it really is.

The only way will be to stop going along with the fraud and demand true accountability for the taxes we are subjected to. If they are unwilling to account, then it is up to refuse to supply taxes until they do.

Thats my philosophy, and over the past 6 years I have actively removed all debt -- Acquire productive land sufficient to allow me and my familiy to create and grow more food than I will ever need, and also be able to pay my real property taxes. I do not have medical insurance, because it no longer offers any value or benefit. I choose to utilise Homeopathic remedies when needed, take nutritional supplements, when needed, run Ozone generators 24 hours a day to precipitate microparticulates out of the air I breathe, and eat healthy, good food. I save open pollinated seeds, and stuff just grows on it's own.. I can't explain why it is so easy for me to grow food, other than because of the respect I give to the Earth and all the miracles it offers us

6 years ago, I was truly mired in the Rat Race.. Before that I was in the Military. When I saw Colin Powell bamboozle the UN with that trash he presented I knew it was over. He exposed the fraud, and I changed for the better.

People MUST WAKE UP to the fraud, and the only way to do it is to read, read, read. Read History, stop eating junk food. Get off the pain meds and realize that pain is a normal part of the body's healing mechanism. Most importantly, stop being afraid.. Get out of debt. Shed excess doo dads and widgets. We are no different than a squirrel, rat or ant. we are just another form of life on the planet. Humans have lost that connection, and they are suffering for it.

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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-04-09 11:42 AM
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9. K & R
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-04-09 11:45 AM
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10. yes, I remember when I first read about Koch and their PR campaign
to pretend this whole crap was 'grassroots'..using that shill on CNBC ...
good post. bunch of assholes.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-04-09 12:40 PM
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11. Remember Nancy Fluffernutter?
She is wholly owned and operated by Koch Industries. She is the face of Fascism.

They are far worse than the Hunt brothers ever were.

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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-04-09 12:44 PM
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12. Recommend.
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zeemike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-05-09 12:30 PM
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13. Too late to R but I can still K.
These things must be understood by the public before they will be ready to change the system.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-05-09 01:02 PM
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14. Kicked for later reading.
Thanks for the thread, McCamy Taylor.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-05-09 03:03 PM
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15. Great OP!
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-05-09 03:34 PM
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16. kick
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TokenQueer Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-05-09 04:30 PM
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18. Required reading.
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muffin1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-06-09 04:35 PM
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19. Disgusting
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-06-09 05:02 PM
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20. Kick
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