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Thank You to the Koch Brothers: The Left’s war on pro-liberty job creators and philanthropists
FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/04/2014 | Ronn Torossian

Posted on 04/04/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Americans of all political stripes must stand up and say thank you to David & Charles Koch, billionaires who are the majority shareholders of Koch Industries, an oil, gas, and chemical company which is the second largest private company in America. Simply by virtue of owning a huge company – which employs so many – these men should be thanked. (Imagine their tax bill?)

This patriotic family has a family foundation which devotes hundreds of millions to charities, offers tens of thousands of people a chance to prosper, and is the epitome of entrepreneurs who should be celebrated. The charities that they donate to include a recent $100 million donation to New York-Presbyterian hospital and charities devoted to the arts, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Their parents have The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation which according to Wikipedia is devoted to “support non-profits in Kansas focusing on “arts, environmental stewardship, human services, enablement of at-risk youth, and education” through the funding of diversity programs at Kansas State University; the program Youth Entrepreneurs, a high-school level entrepreneurial and business program; the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which develops programs to enhance the schools’ history curricula; and the Bill of Rights Institute, an organization that holds seminars and workshops for teachers and administrators to provide “educational resources on America’s Founding documents and principles” to enhance the learning experience for students.

These are the things which people do not know about him.

Of course, the Koch brothers are leading advocates of a free-market economy, and all important issues of liberty. As Charles Koch wrote today in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, he is “Fighting to Restore a Free Society”, and “Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination.” He could not be more right. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., recently said that the billionaire Koch brothers are “un-American.” For daring to speak out against Obamacare, Reid said “It’s too bad that they’re trying to buy America, and it’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone I can imagine.”

How terrible is it that a private citizen is attacked by the Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid. Imagine a private person is forced to write an op-ed in one of the nation’s most influential papers, where he writes “..the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government.” Of course, we saw it coming, when Obama in a well publicized speech to business owners during his re-election campaign said “You didn’t build that.”

Koch is so right when he writes today “The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.” (This government also wants to run the lives of people in countless other foreign nations as well.)

Read this paragraph in Koch’s op-ed: “Koch companies employ 60,000 Americans, who make many thousands of products that Americans want and need. According to government figures, our employees and the 143,000 additional American jobs they support generate nearly $11.7 billion in compensation and benefits. About one-third of our U.S.-based employees are union members.” Is not an employer of that size and magnitude worthy of private dialogue? Or a certain level of respect?

The Koch family employs 60,000 Americans, donate hundreds of millions of dollars to philanthropic (nonpolitical) causes, and they are attacked as un-American? These private citizens who are among the most prominent executives and philanthropists are attacked by the most powerful man in the world, and his allies for opposing the Democratic Party and exercising their democratic rights.

This is what Obama’s America has come to. It’s awful, unfair and brutal. The right admires and respects hard-working executives, while the left hurts and attack. All the American people should say to this fine family is Thank You.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: harryreid; kochbrothers

1 posted on 04/04/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

MSNBC went ape over Koch’s editorial last night. Most of the tone was “How dare he!”, followed by the usual name-calling lies.

2 posted on 04/04/2014 10:17:57 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: SeekAndFind
Thank you, gentlemen. Now what can be done about THIS clearly deranged character?
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3 posted on 04/04/2014 10:18:32 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The so-called "progressives" of the Democrat Party establishment are so dedicated to holding on to the reins of power over their fellow citizens that they must attempt to destroy any citizen who advocates for individual freedom and limited government: thus, their war on those who speak out or sponsor messages which might dilute or weaken their power grab.

Today's choice is between individual freedom and slavery to government--a tyrannical form of slavery wielded by would-be tyrants who use semantics and sometimes lofty rhetoric to disguise their old and tired ideas that have led to oppression in every society where they have been tried.

The formula structured by the Constitution of the United States and laid out in its philosophical foundations--as asserted in the 1776 Declaration of Independence from an overly-powerful government administered by King George III--were explained by America's Founders. That remarkable declaration was remarkable and revolutionary then, and it is equally revolutionary now.

The Founders' writings and speeches, as well as the wisdom writings from previous defenders of liberty, are available online.

THE FEDERALIST, that collection of 85 essays explaining the Constitution's provisions and protections, now can be read in every home and school as a means of enlightening a public which has become too willing to yield their Creator-endowed liberty to a collection of would-be tyrants who call themselves "progressives," but are, in fact taking American citizens back to the bondage from which their ancestors fled in other parts of the world.

Several years ago, a business man by the name of James R. Evans, in his book, "America's Choice: Twilight's Last Gleaming or Dawn's Early Light," suggested 7 simple principles which every citizen could benefit from considering as they watch the so-called "progressives" attempt to enslave them through legislation and Executive Orders.

"1. Does this legislation or idea increase, or decrease, individual freedom and creativity?

"2. Does this legislation or idea increase, or decrease, the power of some citizens over other citizens?

"3. Does this legislation or idea recognize that the persons who will exercise the power are themselves imperfect human beings?

"4. Does this legislation or idea recognize that government is incapable of creating wealth?

"5. Does this legislation or idea authorize taking from some what belongs to them, and giving it to others to whom it does not belong?
If 'thou shalt not steal' is a valid commandment, can we assume that it is meant to apply only to individuals and not to government (which is made up of individuals), even if those persons in power pass laws which sanction such redistribution of the wealth of others?'

"6. Does this legislation or idea encourage, or discourage, the very highest level of morality and responsibility from the individual?
. . .when government makes actions 'legal' by some citizens at the expense of other citizens, the result may be behavior which would not be considered possible by individuals acting alone.

"7. Does this legislation or idea propose that the 'government' do something which the individual cannot do without committing a crime?"**

**7 principles drawn from James R. Evans book, "America's Choice," and reprinted in a Stedman Corporation (Asheboro, NC) booklet entitled "I'm Only One, What Can I Do?"

The simplicity of these questions and of the core message of the following words by some of America's Founders might jar some citizens into a recognition of what "progressives" and this Administration are doing to future of liberty for their posterity:

"...nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." - John Adams

"This was a favorable moment to shut and bar the door against paper money." [This statement referred to a proposed provision in Article I, Section 8, that would have read 'and emit bills of credit (paper money) of the United States,' which the Founders rejected by an overwhelming vote.] - James Madison- Notes of the Federal Convention 1787

"...there have always been those who wish to enlarge the powers of the General Government. There is but one safe rule...confine (it) within the sphere of its appropriate duties. It has no power to raise a revenue or impose taxes except for the purposes enumerated in the Constitution....Every attempt to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed." - Andrew Jackson's Valedictory

"...experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government), those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate...the minds of the give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth. History, by apprizing them of the past, will enable them to judge of the will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views...." - Jefferson's Bill for the more general diffusion of knowledge for Virginia

"Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant--they have been cheated; asleep--they have been surprised; divided--the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?...the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it....It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free." - James Madison

"These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety." - Thomas Jefferson-First Inaugural Statement of Principles of Good Government

4 posted on 04/04/2014 10:23:37 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: SeekAndFind

Hmmm. And where are these “Patriots” as the war against Conservatives and the Tea Party rages? Hmmmm.

5 posted on 04/04/2014 10:25:42 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind
Viva the Koch Brothers!

Charles Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society

Inside the Koch funded ads giving Dems fits

The Koch's are being Alinskied by the party of Alinsky. Don't fall for it.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend ....

6 posted on 04/04/2014 10:36:14 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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7 posted on 04/04/2014 10:37:11 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind

8 posted on 04/04/2014 10:38:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: loveliberty2

Thanks for mentioning “America’s Choice” by Evans. Thought I’d like to look it over and my library has a copy which I’ve already reserved.

9 posted on 04/04/2014 11:50:31 AM PDT by onedoug
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