For those of you who don't know, the Koch brothers are billionaires who are putting a disproportionate amount of money into political campaigns and
radicalized conservative movements and are avid proponents of outright lying in their political campaigns.
Well, they are leading the charge in the new election cycle - setting a great example for other conservatives to follow.
Matthew Vadum, a conservative author who "The Daily Show" labeled as a "political insider," said to sell a point of view, sometimes you have to
employ a bit of "salesmanship."
"Some man's sleaze is another man's class," he said. "You have to have a little bit of showbiz."
This is how they think - and they have been responsible for such things as Fox News' unreliable reporting, and the recent, more radicalized Tea Party
movement. The main theme is the idea that trickery to the point of outright lying is okay.
But more specifically, here is another example of the Koch Brother's trickery being used to win a local election through their Americans for
Wikipedia: Americans for Prosperity
In August 2011, AFP "sent absentee voter applications instructing voters to return the paperwork two days late in at least two recall
elections". In addition, the PO Box that was listed on the "Ballot Application" is the address of an anti-abortion group, Wisconsin Family Action,
as opposed to an official state address. AFP responded, claiming that the misleading date was the result of a mistake and "was only intended for
voters in the two districts where Democrats are set to face recalls on a later date, August 16".
Here is a money map of the Koch Brothers and all of the "Nonprofits" they are involved with.
Wikipedia: Political Activities of the Koch Brothers
The problem with someone promoting a political agenda through lies is that they don't respect the voters enough to tell them the truth - and this
makes the voters uninformed. Although I think the Koch Brothers are having a good time, they may not realize that it might be beneficial to keep
people informed with legitimate facts and figures.
One of my Facebook friends explained to me that the Koch Brothers were a major reason that inaccurate facts and data have started appearing in the
political spectrum - for example, regarding the minimum wage debate -
It would be one thing if the conservatives were saying that raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy and have the facts to back it up, but the
truth of the matter is, raising it would help the economy due to such factors as people having money to spend. The same thing goes for the new
Democratic panel set up to raise 24 million jobs - suddenly it is bad to promote job growth?
Okay, so we already know that American's for Prosperity advocate outright lying to promote a personal, err, political, agenda. Now let's move on to
yet another Republican attempt at corrupt political advertising (corrupt meaning through trickery and lies instead of honesty, good values and good
CNN) – A warning this election season: If you are searching the Web for information on Democratic congressional candidates, read the fine
At least 15 websites that appear to be official campaign sites for Democratic candidates, are actually the handiwork of the National Republican
It may sound deceiving, but Scarpinato insists the well-thought out, well-planned program is pure genius.
”Well, we are very proud of this program.”
This is what scam artists do, not politicians - and it doesn't make me any more likely to vote Republican. I also like to think that people who do
vote for people who are actively trying to manipulate them are worried enough about it to reconsider.
Well this is a sample misleading advertisement. Is it unethical? Or is it okay because it is rather obvious that it is a scam?
Is this a new low for politicians or is it okay because they are Republican? Or is it just okay in general? Maybe these things just a bit playful?
What does everyone think?
edit on 06pmThu, 06 Feb 2014 19:39:24 -0600kbpmkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no reason given)