The Watering Hole; Thursday September 4 2014; The AFM vs WTP

A week ago on August 25, the progressive magazine The Nation published a recording it had obtained of Mitch McConnell’s session at the June 2014 “conference of conservative lawmakers, donors and strategists”; the conference was hosted by the Koch Brothers and, apparently, numerous other millionaires and billionaires.  As The Nation article notes,

Charles and David Koch wrapped up their annual summer seminar on June 16 in Dana Point, California, at the St. Regis Monarch Bay resort—a fitting location for two men whose combined net worth is more than $100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The highly secretive mega-donor conference, called “American Courage: Our Commitment to a Free Society,” featured a who’s who of Republican political elites. According to conference documents obtained through a source who was in attendance, Representatives Tom Cotton (AR), Cory Gardner (CO) and Jim Jordan (OH) were present, as were Senators Mitch McConnell (KY) and Marco Rubio (FL). Cotton, Gardner and McConnell are all running for the Senate this year; Jordan for re-election in the House. Rubio is widely considered a major contender for a 2016 presidential run. According to the documents, the conference attendees discussed strategy on campaign finance, climate change, healthcare, higher education and opportunities for taking control of the Senate.

According to another source who also attended the conference, 300 individuals—worth at least a billion each—were present. This source said that the explicit goal was to raise $500 million to take the Senate in the 2014 midterms and another $500 million “to make sure Hillary Clinton is never president.” . . .

Here’s a link to the full transcript of McConnell’s time on the stage, and it’s well worth a read by anyone interested in seeing just how far into the Oligarchic/Fascist tank the GOP has fallen. It includes the entire of McConnell’s comments (minus the inaudibles), along with a brief Q and A at the end which includes a comment by a fellow named David Koch. In the final analysis it presents, at least to my admittedly Socialistic mindset, graphic evidence that the efforts of the AFM (the American Fascist Movement consisting of billionaire-millionaire-oligarchs in consort with their purchased GOP-Republican-Tea-Party-lackeys) is effectively at war with WTP (We The People, including college students, low wage workers, unionized workers, the unemployed, teachers, Public Education as a whole, scientists, environmentalists, women, retirees, the poor, the infirm, the middle class, non-white ethnic and racial minorities . . . the list is endless and includes all but those who are members of the AFM). All that counts to the AFM is wealth and the power it can purchase — the power to destroy without concern anything and everything they might see as standing in their way.

After dismissing everything the government does that does NOT meet with favor amongst the oligarch hosts, McConnell ends his presentation with these words:

“If we want to get the country going again, we need to quit doing what we’ve been doing. Was it Einstein that said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result? You know, quit the borrowing, the spending, the taxing, and the over regulation. If we would all develop an entrepreneurial approach, we’d be able to lift this country up and send us in a new direction, just like all of you have done.”

Not bad, but another voice once summed up that “new direction” far more succinctly:

“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” ~Benito Mussolini





64 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday September 4 2014; The AFM vs WTP

  1. If anyone’s interested, the son of a friend of one of my co-workers will be live on NPR this morning at 11:00am Eastern. Josh is a zoologist whose specialty is elephants, and has had amazing experiences for such a young man.

    Unfortunately, I can’t listen to it here, but if any of you do, I think you’ll probably enjoy it.

  2. Great Post frugal.
    Wasn’t this the very scenario the SCROTUS said wouldn’t have any influence on elections as they gleefully voted on Citizens United?

    • Yep. It’s the decision that for some very odd reason managed to equate money with freedom of speech. I checked the Constitution, btw, and though the word “money” is used six times, nowhere is it equated with ‘speech’ or ‘freedom’ (of anything) in any way whatsoever. Still, since the goal of Fascism is to merge state and corporate power, and since corporate ‘power’ is invariably the $ sign, well, there you go. And there WTP go. Down the tubes.

  3. The Russian Army is attacking a city of 500,000 people right now: Mariupol on the coast, some 50 miles inside Ukraine.

    When the hear the term ‘Novorussia’ you need to think of approximately 40% of current Ukrainian territory – from Luhansk to Odessa in the far south west, and up to 200 miles in from the sea. It is an immense land grab that Putin is attempting. It is truly staggering what they are talking about now. This is a hostile armed invasion of brutal ambition truly not seen since 1939 in Europe. I am dumbstruck, appalled and afraid for people I know.

    “”It’s new Russia,” Putin told the audience during his nearly four-hour long televised Q&A. “Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Odessa were not part of Ukraine in czarist times, they were transferred in 1920. Why? God knows.”

    This map shows you the scale of what he is suggesting with some really good background.

    If you can stomach any of the Russian sites…. go and see what Théoden King in LOTR called “such reckless hate” coming out of Russia today. “What can men do in the face of such reckless hate” indeed. For fuck’s sake, Europe wake up!

    I honestly do not know what is going to happen next. Mariupol is an evenly split city, up to 40% call themselves ethnically Russian, but the preparations I have seen from the Ukrainian 50% suggest that something very nasty is about to happen. One thing is for sure the Ukrainian army is overmatched and wholly on the defensive, no one has any idea how long they will slug it out for the city.

    • “This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the country,” Benton said.

      Nah. “The right thing” would have been for him and Mitch (in the company of a few millions of other Wingnuttistanian crooks and liars) to have taken a one-way trip to another planet, or maybe a dive into a bottomless pit somewhere.

  4. Just been back and fro with my drilling engineer pal in Anchorage, working for ‘Big Pocket’ (BP) …

    BP guilty of ‘reckless conduct’ in 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion – where 11 men lost their lives.

    “profit-driven decisions” “reckless conduct” “67% of the blame” (Transocean 30% and Halliburton 3% – I was pretty close – only took the suits 4 years to agree with me – I guess it was because I work for free and not by the hour – my rocket-scientist pal who was on the investigating team felt that way privately too).

    • How weird is that. BP sounds crooked enough to be an American Corporation but no, it’s British. I guess Amurka’s scum must be spreading globally. Makes me wonder if maybe someday even Russia will reinvent their old powermongering antics.

      • Its a true multinational really – over half the assets and employees are US. It has a big stake in Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company…. it is also big in Azerbaijan. The story of the pipeline to the sea is depressing ….

    • In a sane world we would be watching a manslaughter trial but none of the people who willfully killed 11 men will ever see the back seat of a squad car much less a jail cell.

  5. Gramps is in Kyev telling the Czar of All the Russias (and any other Russias he sees fit – even yours) to get of Ukraine’s lawn…. “Rhetoric does not stop tanks” – is the most relevant response I see so far.

    What is clear is that Putin is using the NATO summit to set some facts on the ground over as many dead bodies as he can to force Poroshenko to cry ‘uncle’ on the Donbass. “NATO stands with Ukraine” -says Obama – bullshit Barry, “standing with” someone means grabbing a gun and a helmet and literally STANDING NEXT to the man in the firepit waiting for the T72!

    Oh did anyone see the map of Novorussia that includes Alaska?

      • Finding myself agreeing with Gramps on everything he is saying today in Kyev…. yes the senile git who gave us old what’s her face….

        … talk is cheap, tanks are not stopped by talk.

  6. On a lighter note. Banzai the kitty is pretty smart. When I woke up this morning he wasn’t underfoot as usual. So? I meowed to him and he meowed back but I couldn’t see him anywhere. Just when I was resigned to having an invisible cat;he proudly strode in from the balcony. He hasn’t learned to turn invisible but he has learned to open the screen door!

    • Watch him carefully – he may grow opposable thumbs and get into the cabinet that holds the cat food!
      Are you on the ground floor?

      • I’m on the third floor and, as far as I know, he didn’t decide to climb down the tree and go exploring. He’s very good at staying away from the cat food until I pour it in his dish. His brother, on the other hand, was a big fan of self serve, all you can eat, meals.

  7. Breaking News. Holder just talked about Ferguson, Joan Rivers died, and the verdict is in for the McDonnell corruption case.

    Guilty – Count 1

    • “Pure as the driven snow…”

      Heben has a previous conviction for “three counts of forgery related to perscriptions (sic) of controlled substances.”

  8. My eldest just texted me to say that a pedestrian was killed at a bus stop in NE Portland this afternoon, but it wasn’t him.

    Such a thoughtful boy. 🙄

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