Now that Crazy Old Man Harry Reid has made a career out of slandering the Koch brothers while cowering behind parliamentary immunity, many observers are asking the obvious question: Who the heck are the Koch brothers?
Well, they’re a couple of evil capitalists who’ve made a bunch of money by producing things that people want and need. Boooooo! Everybody knows that the only acceptable way to accumulate wealth is to take it away from people who’ve earned it.
And, because the Kochs have donated money to conservative causes, and because those causes have been effective, it’s mandatory among our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters on the left to say whatever they like about the Kochs, whether it’s true or not.
Charles Koch has had enough. Yesterday, he took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to respond:
I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.
Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government. That’s why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.
Read the whole thing. Or don’t, if you’re convinced he’s the Devil.
Leftists have no problem with billionaires spending their money for political purposes — they really hate it when you bring up George Soros — unless those political purposes thwart the goals of leftists. Then they go completely bat$#!+. Then it’s considered acceptable for miserable, corrupt old creeps like Harry Reid to lie about them while hiding behind the protections of the Senate. Anything goes. No attack is too low.
You don’t have to agree with the Kochs to recognize that they have the right to express their beliefs. But it helps.
Update: Still whining about the Koch brothers? Here ya go, sweetie.