From all accounts, it appears the Tea Party has literally taken over the National Republican Party and did it without having to even break a sweat. In fact, it has been so easy that even the Koch brothers, who got the so-called movement started, had to be surprised. All of the candidates who are seeking the GOP nomination for President have been forced to retreat from prior positions taken on such issues as climate change, the economy, healthcare and immigration and now carry the Tea Party banner. Using the Tea Party, the hostile takeover of the GOP was engineered largely by the oil and pharmaceutical industries.
The takeover led by Koch Industries, the conglomerate owned by Charles and David Koch, was so carefully planned and carried out that the old guard in the party was unable to stop it. They simply turned over the reins of the party to politicians like Rep. Alan Cantor who is against everything that most folks in America are for. For example, he wants to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and pretty much do away with any type effective regulation of Corporate America.
As mentioned above, this takeover didn’t just happen without prior planning. A great deal of work had been done by operatives of the politically powerful companies in Corporate America. For example, the think tanks funded by the Koch brothers have been hard at work for years, attempting to change public opinion on such things as climate change and tax cuts for the super rich.
An event that hasn’t gotten the media attention it deserved involved the U.S. Supreme Court. The High Court ruled in its Citizens United decision that a corporation had the same constitutional rights as a human being. Many believe that, as a result of this decision, the political climate in America changed overnight. A by-product of that illogical decision has been a total corporate takeover of politics on the national level. It’s impossible to understand how a corporation can have the privileges of citizens, but none of the obligations that accompany that privilege. I would like to hear a constitutional expert explain how money spent by a corporation can be equated with speech.
The bottom line is that the Tea Party now controls the GOP. As a result, the Presidential candidate who survives the primaries and the convention will have had to bow and scrape to the Tea Party bosses in order to become the nominee. Having a nominee in the general election controlled by the Koch brothers and the Tea Party is a scary thought for working men and women, small business owners, seniors and minorities. But for the super rich, it’s just more good news.
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