This old (1994) NYT article provides excellent background detail of the Koch Brothers, going back to their father's involvement as one of the original members of the John Birch Society. It's a very interesting read, and shows just what Wisconsin's working families are up against in this take-no-prisoners assault against our Liberties and our Rights.
This "dispute" between the unions and our Governor of Wisconsin didn't just spring up in response to this recession and its impact on our state budget. No, it's been coldly planned for years (decades, apparently), while the Koch Brothers and their wealthy cohorts simply waited for the right time to strategically launch this assault against the working class in America.
The Koch Brothers believe they have now found the right pretext and the right mercenary politician to successfully commit their assault against working families. Scott Walker has now declared all-out war on the people of Wisconsin on behalf of the Koch Brothers, and they stubbornly insist they will not be denied their victory despite our wishes (as expressed in polling numbers) and our substantial protestations.
Scott Walker - in an arrogant abuse of the power granted to him by the electorate - says your freedoms and your rights (and even your democratic voice!) are "non-negotiable;" that he will curtail them at will for no other reason than he can in an outrageously abusive exercise of the powers entrusted to him by the voters in Wisconsin.
But this is Wisconsin, after all. And so over 100,000 people will gather in our Capitol later today to stand in defense of their rights. We will be heard. We will never surrender in this Class War launched against us. We will stand tall together in defense of our Liberties and our livelihoods; in defense of our families and of our proud Wisconsin traditions that honor the rights and the contributions of everyone in this civil society.
Walker and the Kochs may have the "guns" in this dispute, but we decidedly have the numbers. We may suffer some initial losses given the momentum the other side has gained in their surprisingly full-scale, take-no-prisoners assault against us. But we will not - we cannot - give up the fight.
We instead rally to our defense. Indeed, 100,000 of us will join together today at our Capitol to raise our collective voice and to organize against this abominable abuse of our Wisconsin democracy. The struggle continues. More than 100 years of Wisconsin's proud history in the Labor Movement shows that we will not ultimately lose this war. The stakes are that high. We can never surrender.
So what's it going to be, folks?
On one side in this war are Walker and the Koch Brothers and their obsession with absolute consolidation of their control over our politics and our freedoms and the future of democracy itself in Wisconsin and throughout this nation as a whole.
On the other side are the millions of working families in Wisconsin and now America (and even the world!) at large, who rise in magnificent solidarity to defend their liberty and their rights.
Which side are you on?