Taking Aim at Trump

Koch Network Will Back G.O.P. Primary Candidates

Yeah, we want hope and change, but we want people to have the hope that they can advance on their own merits, rather than the hope that somebody gives them something.–Charles Koch, Aug. 2014

The move by the alliance of conservative donors could provide an enormous boost to a Republican alternative to the former president.Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Swan and Kenneth P. Vogel for The New York Times

Charles Koch never favored DJT. Trump didn’t need their financial support, he wasn’t committed to their libertarian political views, he was out of their control. If they support another candidate in the future, it won’t be in the public interest, but in their interest, the interest of the super-rich.

Maggie Haberman et. al. report:

The Republican Party is nominating bad candidates who are advocating for things that go against core American principles,” the AFP memo declares. “And the American people are rejecting them.” It asserts that Democrats are responding with “policies that also go against our core American principles.

The “core American principles” mentioned are the Koch brothers self-serving principles. Koch principles include “social Darwinism” and laissez-faire (anything goes) government. Core American principles (and Judeo-Christian values) focus on “justice for all,” which is the anti-thesis of Charles Koch’s values. The American People aren’t rejecting democratic values; the election of President Biden and Democrats’ success in the midterm elections show that a majority welcome them.

If the network were to unite behind an alternative to Mr. Trump, it could give that candidate a tremendous boost, given the resources at its disposal, which at times have rivaled — and even surpassed — those of the Republican National Committee.

Libertarian forces may not unite, but if they do it will be in support of anti-people, libertarian ideas, which aren’t in in the public interest, but in the interest of a grasping, self-serving minority.

Americans for Prosperity’s super PAC spent nearly $80 million during the 2022 midterm elections, but that is likely just a fraction of the network’s overall spending, much of which was undertaken by nonprofit groups that will not be required to reveal their finances until this fall.

Don’t let Koch or AFP define your values, don’t let libertarian propaganda sway your vote; don’t let their money capture our government “of, by, and for the people.”

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