Thoughts on The Death Of A Koch Brother
If you are looking for crowing please move along.If you have read this blog or listened to the podcast my views won’t be a shocker to you. In a nutshell if you are new here I deeply believe in compassion first, an environment that does not kill us above making money, healthcare, education, and housing as a human right. Somehow these are political statements I still have no idea why any of these are political.
So Davis Koch died and I am seeing a desirable amount of crowing. Do I hate most of what the Koch brothers have done to our environment by killing every mass transportation bill they could? By pushing an obscene amount of money into candidates that would push their financial decisions forward but not what they claim their social beliefs? Yes. I am a firm believer in not putting money before life especially when the money choice excludes the most vulnerable (Take a wild stab in the dark who benefited from more cars and less buses and who had a difficult time getting to work?). Yes I am furious when anyone can buy free elections. Public money has no place in election and yes I mean that in all sides of the aisles. No private money should be there.
So why am I mad? Someone died. Someone I might personally not like or have issues with but someone has a family and they are grieving. Their lives have gone into spirals. What the Koch brothers have stood for (their newest ventures in freedom and prisons excluded) was rooted in a lack of compassion for others whose lives they could not imagine. They were never in poverty. They have never lived anything or grew up in a time that did not celebrate them for exactly what they were born as. They had parents who were involved and taught them lessons they needed to “succeed”. So a lack of compassion is the tool they used to get us ALL here. A lack of compassion might not be the way forward.
Let’s focus. If there are things they did in politics take the vitriol and turn it into action. Money into private elections? Get involved in the overturn of Citizens United. Donate in the Koch Brothers names. Furious about the environmental impact? Donate your time to getting mass transit bills on your ballets. Just furious? Ask better questions. When they say how much a mass transit project is costing look and see if someone is holding it up. Look at the long term costs of freeways and upkeep. Look at the cost of people not getting to their jobs because they cannot afford cars. Ask better questions. Lead with compassion and be fierce in fighting for the world you wish.
https://tim.blog/2019/08/11/charles-koch/ A great episode. I don’t know if it was enough questions but there is good information there. The show notes if you follow this should give you better links than I have energy to find.
https://standtogether.org/ A newer venture from the Koch brothers that is very much worth a look
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/climate/koch-brothers-public-transit.html Koch and mass transit
If you are mad about the “liberal sources here is Tucker Carlson being very vocal that the Kochs have spent BILLIONS to buy electionc https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/06/20/tucker_carlson_the_truth_about_the_koch_brothers_and_the_republican_party.html