Charles Koch, master puppeteer behind the Republican party came forth from behind the curtain to make some pretty bold statements.
— Charles Koch, disillusioned man, at The Freedom Partners conference
“Look at the American revolution, the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the civil rights movement. All of these struck a moral chord with the American people. They all sought to overcome an injustice. And we, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back.”
Now to be clear, yes, Charles Koch, arguably one of the most evil, richest men in the US is comparing his work and deeds to leaders of the Civil Rights movement and women’s suffrage movement. You don’t have to be a dummy to recognize that the conservative Republican party, the party that Charles Koch and his brother basically pay to operate like a merry-go-round, isn’t exactly very friendly to, oh I don’t know, women and minorities.
The Koch brothers support candidates who are actively trying to defund Planned Parenthood and have directly donated millions of dollars to anti-choice organizations. It’s impossible to know for sure, but I’d be willing to put some money down and say that the leaders of the suffragette movement wouldn’t want women’s health care providers to be defunded.
I also can’t imagine Martin Luther King Jr or Malcolm X rallying behind the Koch brother’s active efforts to keep minimum wage low and support for advocacy groups that promote voter suppression, targeted at poor, minority communities. Clearly, though, Charles Koch might just have a bigger imagination than me and can make these connections.
In fact, the only connection I’m able to draw between the literal faces of evil and MLK, Susan B Anthony, and the other leaders of important civil rights movements throughout history is that all of these people were or are people. That’s right. Charles Koch, believe it or not, beneath all the hate and piles of money is a person with a beating heart. Malcolm X, too, behind those thick rimmed glasses was a person. And Susan B Anthony, despite being a woman was also a person.
So perhaps we ought to all look at ourselves and be ashamed. The Koch brothers are kept up at night by the horrors they support across the nation, just the same way Martin Luther King Jr must’ve stayed awake fearing his life would be taken by racist radicals trying to kill him.
We’re all human. And until we can prove that the Koch Brothers were robots sent from Lucifer and Hitler themselves, we have to treat everyone like humans (another thing that maybe the Koch brothers ought to remind themselves of every once in awhile.)