The Republicans have essentially become puppets of the Koch brothers, and lest you think that a partisan comparison, it was even made by the party's current presidential front-runner, Donald Trump.
While the nation over this 40-year period has focused on so called hot button issues such as affirmative action, illegal immigration, tough on crime polices, and gay rights, the slight of hand misdirection has effectively changed the American landscape.
The first Fox News Republican Party Presidential debates are over. Not surprisingly Donald Trump entertained and insulted. The supporting cast for his new apprentice show mostly hung out in the background.
FOX and the Republican elites have been playing the long game in the shadows. They thought they had their men in Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. What they didn't foresee was a celebrity billionaire with nothing to lose. Trump was also playing the long-game except right out in the open for all to see. And he is the one who might very well succeed.
It's no surprise that the Koch Brothers, notoriously right-wing billionaires, are using their fortunes to promote radical, conservative priorities to millennials through their organization, Generation Opportunity. However, it's clear that they'll face an uphill battle.
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) can throw all the snowballs he wants on the Senate floor, but he can't fool the majority of Americans into denying climate change.
The contrast could not be greater between the violence in word and deed of so many modern day conservatives and the path Julian Bond forged to make a new way for us in this world.
If Mr. Trump is to have any chance to build support beyond his xenophobic base, he should embrace his born again moment as a reformed big money donor.
Recently five Republican presidential candidates paraded themselves before a group of mega-donors convened by the billionaire Koch brothers in Dana Point, California. The interests of the big-money donors were reflected in Thursday's debate - in what we did and didn't hear.
Bernie Sanders can win--not just the primary, but the general. Democrats should back him, and ignore the arguments made by Barney Frank and others, who say giving Hillary the nod early is the only hope for victory in 2016.
Though Walker is a relatively new national political figure, he's made a splash on the national political scene since taking office in 2011 for his controversial actions regarding abortion. What about his record on energy and environmental issues?
Kevin Gentry is the top fundraiser for the Koch brothers' right-wing political empire and a board member of its money hub, Freedom Partners. He emcees their twice-yearly seminars, where millionaires and billionaires convene to strategize on how to manifest an Ayn Rand utopia -- or dystopia, depending on your viewpoint.
Nine news outlets, including Politico and the Washington Post, have been given access to the Koch brothers donor fest -- on the condition that they not report on the identities of donors without their permission.
Donors and staff of the Koch brothers political network are descending on the St. Regis Monarch Bay Resort for their yearly summer seminar. Tables have been brought out onto the Grand Lawn; security personnel roam the halls; and Charles Koch himself has arrived.
Democracy in America is on life support. If we don't soon rally en masse to its defense, corporate interests will pull the plug. Sanders is the only candidate to fully realize what's at stake, to tell the truth, and to articulate what WE, the People, must do.
Children long have been taught by their parents that anyone in America can grow up to be president. Today that message needs to be revised: anyone can grow up to be president if they are willing to circumvent and break the nation's anti-corruption campaign finance laws, and are willing to genuflect before the nation's wealthiest individuals.