Think Progress somehow obtained a copy of a memo from Charles Koch – one half of the Koch brothers duo behind not just Koch Industries, but also many of the “grassroots” and “tea party” organizations currently roiling the political landscape. It’s an expansive agenda/road map from the semi-annual meeting of Koch’s “network of business and philanthropic leaders, who are dedicated to defending our free society,” as Koch’s cover letter itself referred to the group. Whom do they mean? Well, judge for yourself:
The memo, along with an attendee list of about 210 people, shows the titans of industry — from health insurance companies, oil executives, Wall Street investors, and real estate tycoons — working together with conservative journalists and Republican operatives to plan the 2010 election, as well as ongoing conservative efforts through 2012. According to the memo, David Chavern, the number two at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Fox News hate-talker Glenn Beck also met with these representatives of the corporate elite. In an election season with the most undisclosed secret corporate giving since the Watergate-era, the memo sheds light on the symbiotic relationship between extremely profitable, multi-billion dollar corporations and much of the conservative infrastructure.
But whatever you do, read the memo. All of it. It’s a few pages, but it’s well worth your time to learn – in their own words – what the above crew is up to, and what they’re after. I’ve had my share of exasperation with the milquetoast, apologist, clueless Democrats for the last two years (heck, the last four, right from the moment we learned that “impeachment is off the table” from Nancy Pelosi after the Democrats ascended to power in 2007). But if I’ve not made it sufficiently clear, there truly is no comparison between even the feckless, hapless, clueless Democrats of the last few years who had – and mostly, blew – such a golden opportunity to set the terms of not just the debate, but the direction of the entire country for years if not decades to come, and the genuinely insane GOTea Party authoritarian cultists who are dangerously close to power – leading in some races, neck-and-neck in others, and trailing by only a few points in still others (where they should be getting trounced by dozens of points). If you do nothing else this cycle, make sure you vote. Make sure you tell those closest to you to remember to vote – especially if you know you have friends or family who sometimes skip elections if they’re not genuinely fired up.
Read the memo, straight from the minds and pens of the Koch brothers and a veritable who’s who of ultra-conservatives, and then ask yourselves if you really want these people in power.