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Koch Brothers Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitution
A constitutional convention, something thought impossible not long ago, is looking increasingly likely.
BY ALEX KOTCH | MARCH 27, 2017
"If America gets saddled with a runaway convention, the Koch coterie of funders will be to blame. Most of the groups pushing the convention idea are being underwritten by one or more institutions tied to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch."
(This post originally appeared at the Center for Media and Democracy.)
A constitutional convention, something thought impossible not long ago, is looking increasingly likely. Under Article V of the US Constitution, if 34 state legislatures issue a call for a constitutional convention, Congress must convene one. By some counts, the right wing only needs six more states. Once called, delegates can propose and vote on changes and new amendments to the US Constitution, which, if approved, are currently required to be ratified by 38 states.
There are two major legislative pushes for a convention at the state level. One would attempt to engineer a convention for a balanced budget amendment only, and the other tries to secure an open convention for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. But once a convention is underway, all bets are off. The convention can write its own rules, resulting in a wide-open or runaway convention that can make major changes to the constitution and, some argue, even change the number of states required to ratify those changes.
If America gets saddled with a runaway convention, the Koch coterie of funders will be to blame. Most of the groups pushing the convention idea are being underwritten by one or more institutions tied to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.
On Feb. 24, Wyoming became the 29th state to pass a resolution requesting a convention specifically to add a single balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Many of these legislative resolutions also attempt to set the rules for the convention and limit who can attend it to a select list of largely GOP state leaders.
Austerity advocates claim that they need only to convince five of seven targeted states Arizona, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin to get on board, and they will have enough states to convene a convention. As the Center for Media and Democracy has reported, three linked measures were just introduced in Wisconsin and were placed on a fast track to approval.
If America gets saddled with a runaway convention, the Koch coterie of funders will be to blame.
Another faction representing a broader Convention of States initiative is advocating an open constitutional convention to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Because this open convention format would be called on a particular subject rather than a particular amendment, representatives would likely vote on any number of measures.
Legislatures in nine states Arizona, Georgia, Alaska, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, Oklahoma and Louisiana have signed on to the Convention of States resolution. Texas appears likely to join in, as the state Senate approved a Convention of States bill in February. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is fiercely campaigning for a convention and has deemed it an emergency issue. In 2016, he published a 70-page plan that includes nine proposed amendments aimed at severely limiting federal authority, even allowing a two-thirds majority of the states to override a Supreme Court ruling or a federal law.
Groups like the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Common Cause and the Center for Media and Democracy have raised the alarm about these efforts. No convention has been called since 1787 in Philadelphia, where George Washington presided.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains why any convention call, no matter how narrowly written, is likely to result in a runaway convention. A convention is empowered to write its own rules, including how delegates are chosen, how many delegates attend and whether a supermajority is required to approve amendments.
Nothing in the Constitution prevents a convention, once convened, from setting its own agenda, influenced by powerful special interests like the Koch groups. A convention could even choose an entirely new ratification process.
The Koch Connection to the Push For a Constitutional Convention
Libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch have long opposed federal power and federal spending. Koch Industries is one of the nations biggest polluters and has been sanctioned and fined over and over again by both federal and state authorities. In response, the Kochs have launched a host of limited government advocacy organizations and have created a massive $400 million campaign finance network, fueled by their fortunes and those of their wealthy, right-wing allies, that rivals the two major political parties.
The Kochs Americans for Prosperity says it favors a balanced budget convention. Such an austerity amendment would drastically cut the size of the federal government, threatening critical programs like Social Security and Medicare and eviscerating the governments ability to respond to economic downturns, major disasters and the climate crisis.
More Koch Money Pushing Austerity Amendment
ALEC has been instrumental in providing us a forum within which to present our campaign, recruit sponsors and approve model legislation that legislators can be confident in, claims the site.
Another big backer of the balanced budget amendment approach is the Chicago-based Heartland Institute, which is also tied to the Koch brothers. A member of ALEC, it has received $5.6 million from the Donors Capital Fund since 2011 and tens of thousands of dollars each from the Charles Koch Foundation and the Claude R. Lambe Foundation
Koch-linked groups having provided nearly $5.4 million to CSG from the groups founding in 2011 through 2015:
*Donors Trust, a preferred secret money conduit for individuals and foundations in the Koch network of funders, has given CSG at least $790,000 since 2011.
*The Greater Houston Community Foundation, which is funded by Donors Capital Fund (linked to Donors Trust) and the Kochs Knowledge and Progress Fund, has donated over $2 million since 2011.
*The Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program, which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Donors Capital Fund, gave $2.5 million from 2012-13.
*Citizens for Self-Governance also has two Koch-connected board members. Eric OKeefe is a director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, a group which has taken in considerable funding from Koch-linked groups like the Center to Protect Patient Rights, and was at the center of the long-running John Doe criminal investigation of Scott Walkers campaign coordination with dark money groups.
OKeefe was the national field coordinator for the Libertarian Koch Brothers Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitutionbertarian Party when David Koch ran for vice president in 1979 on the Libertarian Party ticket. The partys platform called for the end of campaign finance law, the minimum wage, oppressive Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and federal deficit spending.
The Koch agenda has not changed much since.
"If America faces the madness of a runaway convention, voters of both parties will know whom to blame."
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Is this near govt buildings?
Republicans are losing their grip on the Senate from coast to coast:
*Joni Ernst is 1 point away from LOSING Iowa.
*Kris Kobach is LOSING by 2 points in Kansas.
*Lindsey Graham is LOSING by 4 points in South Carolina.
*Susan Collins is LOSING by 4 points in Maine.
*Martha McSally is LOSING by 5 points in Arizona.
*Thom Tillis is LOSING by 5 points in North Carolina.
We can expect more chaos as the GOP #'s become more grim~
So far we're right on track..
How a self-published, racist novel changed white nationalism and inspired decades of violence
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
Before there was an alt-right, there was The Turner Diaries.
First published nearly 40 years ago, the infamous dystopian novel depicts a fictional white nationalist revolution culminating in global genocide.
The events of the book open 25 years ago todaySeptember 16, 1991, the date of the first entry in Earl Turners diary.
The fictional diary describes a racists vision of a nightmare world, in which The SystemAfrican American enforcers led by Jewish politiciansattempt to confiscate all guns in the United States. A secretive organization known as The Order rises up to take back the country for white supremacists, eventually winning an apocalyptic insurgency and nuclear war, first taking over the country and later the world.
The Turner Diaries was created in the 1970s by William Luther Pierce, leader of the neo-Nazi group the National Alliance. Crudely written and wildly racist, The Turner Diaries has helped inspire dozens of armed robberies and more than 200 murders in the decades since its publication.
The most important movements to emerge from this dynamic were neo-Nazism and Christian Identity. Neo-Nazism is heavily focused on Holocaust denial and symbolic identity markers, while Christian Identity is based on an elaborate religious justification that evolved out of a 19th century religious conspiracy theory called British Israelism, which claimed Anglo-Saxons were the lost tribe of Israel. Both movements trafficked heavily in anti-Semitism, but their animus was directed to all non-white people.
These movements, along with the Ku Klux Klan, became the face of white nationalism, resulting in further marginalization due to their flamboyant racism and increasing scrutiny from law enforcement, as their views and rhetoric became increasingly extreme...
The manifesto itself was soon reduced to the simple phrase white genocide, which proliferated at the start of the 21st century and has become the overwhelmingly dominant meme of modern white nationalism. The theme was promoted by white nationalist Robert Whitaker, who added what he called the mantraAnti-racist is a code word for anti-white. These two phrases were deliberately repeated and spread widely online, among white nationalists of various ideological persuasions.
White nationalist Richard B. Spencer moved the bar even further with the latest iteration of white identity politics, creating the Alternative Right website in 2010, the seed of the broader movement is now known as the alt right. Even more amorphous than its predecessors, the alt right includes a variety of anti-social attitudes, including racism, misogyny and religious bigotry, offering many points of entry for new adherents who are frustrated with some aspect of society or politics.
Many who identify with the alt right continue to promote the white genocide theme.
While it would be a mistake to credit The Turner Diaries for the entirety of this transition in white nationalism, the novel demonstrated how to successfully leverage racial fears and resentments in the service of violence, without a call to a specific ideology, and the book remains widely influential today.
These guys remind me of "A Clockwork Orange," which is terrifying.
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