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