When Facebook friends go too far: “Denouncing” the Koch brothers

Koch-brothersSome of my “real-me” Facebook friends aren’t really friends at all. They’re people who were friends at specific stages in my life, but I haven’t seen them in years and I stick with them on Facebook only out of curiosity. The curiosity factor arises because I view people’s lives like story books — if they were once important to me, I like to see how their personal narrative is progressing. I like to hear about their marriages, and their children, and their parents, etc.

Mostly, I vicariously celebrate their life milestones.  Sometimes, though, I learn things about them that dismay me. That was the case when a person who was a good friend of mine long ago, but whom I haven’t seen in almost twenty years, boasted on Facebook that he had signed a despicable Moveon.org petition “denouncing” the Koch brothers:

We, citizens of the United States, denounce you, Charles and David Koch, for using your vast wealth — more than the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of Americans — to corrupt our democracy. You are thereby undermining the most precious gift we possess, our democratic system of government. You deserve to be shamed and condemned by all Americans.

PETITION BACKGROUND We do not denounce the Koch brother’s because their wealth of more than $50 billion exceeds the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of all the citizens of the United States, or because they run and own one of the largest petrochemical businesses in the world, or because of their right-wing views. If Americans obey the law and play by the rules, they’re entitled to their wealth and to their opinions. But the Koch brothers are using their vast wealth to alter those laws and rules to their advantage. They’ve established a political front group, Americans for Prosperity, and are building their own permanent political machine, including hundreds of full-time staff in at least 32 states. They are pouring money into federal and state races. The Koch brothers are thereby using their vast wealth to undermine and corrupt our democracy — a shameful betrayal of our nation for which they deserve to be widely denounced.

So far, over 23,000 people have signed a document that could easily have come from the revolutionaries in China during Mao’s deadly Cultural Revolution (Nien Cheng’s Life and Death in Shanghai vividly illustrates that terrible time); or from the Kremlin during the height of Soviet Kangaroo trials; or from East Germany’s Stasi state (see, e.g, the harrowing film “The Lives of Others“); or from Cambodia when the killing fields ran red with blood; or from Maduro’s Venezuela; or from any other totalitarian political organization that maintains power by targeting and denouncing individual citizens so as to sow fear in and gain control over the general population.

Usually, I look at the idiocies emanating from Facebook friends and ignore the stuff.  After all, if you were born in, raised in, and currently live in America’s bluest regions, you can assume that most of the people you meet will parrot the Democrat party line.  For the reasons I stated above, however, the MoveOn petition transcends idiocy and heads straight for evil.  I therefore left a comment asking my friend a few questions:

Why isn’t MoveOn.org condemning the 58 people and organizations who are ahead of the Koch brothers when it comes to being political big spenders (the biggest of whom, I noted, donate to Democrat causes)?

How is this attack different from the Two-Minutes of Hate directed at Emmanuel Goldstein in Orwell’s 1984?  

Does my friend think it’s okay for Sen. Harry Reid, one of the most powerful people in America to use his taxpayer-funded bully pulpit to launch daily attacks against private citizens?

What does my friend think distinguishes what he, Harry Reid, and MoveOn.org are doing from the tactics that the blacklisters used in the 1950s — a tactic that Democrats routinely describe as one of the greatest evils in American history, following closely behind slavery and the way we treated Native Americans?

I expected my friend and his friends to fire back immediately with defenses detailing how dreadful the Koch brothers are and how they deserve to be “denounced.”  Interestingly, so far the only sound I’ve heard is *crickets*.

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  • Matt_SE

    I’m glad they signed the petition. Now we (and the NSA) know who they are.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    When a member of the Leftist alliance stops talking, it’s because they know their armor has been penetrated and they need to resupply off of the Left’s priest confessions.
    Then the armor regenerates and tomorrow you’ll hear some more of their propaganda, yelled out with the frenzy of an Islamic Akbar.
    Usually humans and animals can be conditioned to withstand frontal hits in sequence, if given time to recover. But when you shoot an automatic burst with the bullets composed of disparate memes and propaganda attacks that they have never been taught how to counter, then it breaks through the kevlar. What many people do with Leftists they know is drip drip drip the attacks over time. That doesn’t actually do anything, given the regeneration abilities of the Leftist monsters (hydra principle). The Left, after all, easily forgets past traumas inflicted by them or on them. Sanger who? That is what they will say and think. And for them, that’s honesty, since they have a black box that periodically injects code that wipes out and reformats certain thoughts and memories that the Left does not tolerate. For a narcissist, he was telling the truth then and now, since truth is that he is a superior being and everyone else are merely sex toys.
    For a different rendition of my thoughts, consider this independent author’s own reasoning out of the Leftist alliance. http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/the-lefts-true-nature/
    He merely calls it a cult. I call it an alliance since an alliance is based upon mutual interests, not specifically one dogma. This explains why Democrats were always Demoncrats, but that doesn’t change their membership in the Left when the Left was reconstructed. An alliance is also thus not really about the politics of the founding members either.

  • Matt_SE

    Here’s an idea: they say Brendan Eich was “outed” through contribution disclosure laws. Can we get ahold of this list and publish it online? We can make it into a searchable database for the viewer’s relevant area.
    The public needs to know who the fascists are among us.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Like I said before, it doesn’t matter if you want to forgive your friends or family for being part of the Left. A cultist is a cultist, they’re going to go unto the mass suicide no matter. The only choice is to free them from the cult or let them go.
    People can forgive the Left for the crimes the Left did against them .That’s individual free will. What they are not allowed to claim is the Right and Authority to forgive the Leftist alliance and all of its members for the CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY that occurred over the past 100 or so years.
    And as I always believed and claimed, the Leftist alliance will Obey totalitarian principles and orders. They Will Follow orders. They will lead the death squads to your house or your children’s school, if ordered to do so. They may say later that they didn’t know what was going on, they were just following the good orders of society. They may say later that they weren’t aware of the consequences and always, Always, ALWAYS, had good intent in their heart.
    That is meaningless. Those that Obey Evil, are aiding evil not hindering it. The point is the end result, not the intent. The guilt for KILLING PEOPLE is in whether the people are killed, not whether you “intended” to kill them.

  • Charles Martel

    Book, when dealing with the braindead left, you are dealing with the Borg: You can lob some very powerful shots at them in the form of logic and evidence, and it will temporarily disrupt them. Then they will dip into the eternal fount of doublethink and form an impenetrable defense.  Your Facebook friends will rally yet to post more absurdities on another topic.  

    • Spartacus

      The Left, conveniently explained in 37 seconds:  [link]

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      Regenerating energy shields? Multi frequency adapting shields?
      Too bad the Star Trek pinkshirts didn’t realize that shields didn’t stop objects moving at .5 light speed.

  • JohnC

    so far the only sound I’ve heard is *crickets*.
    I’m surprised you weren’t un-friended almost immediately.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    They have to be given the orders to do that. The zombies at the lower end aren’t known for individual initiative.

  • Charles Martel

    Spartacus, good one.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Free health care for those that join the Borg. Also free implants and plastic facial surgery, the works!


    Startling how much the progs detest the military and yet … they excel at lockstep.

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      Goose stepping, at least.

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