“Their number is negligible and they are stupid”

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are a….a few… Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower
November 8th 1954

How is it that we got to the point where the “negligible” and “stupid” have somehow managed to take over a once very respected and highly progressive Republican party? How did a “tiny splinter group” become the mainstream? Perhaps money, special interests and a very well financed propaganda campaign, taking place over decades, has had something to do with it?

The Koch brothers alone, who are two of the wealthiest individuals in the world, are huge contributors to election campaigns, conservative think tanks and politicians who are amenable to the will of these two men. Consider this: A group associate with the Kochs announced plans to spend $900 million in the 2016 election cycle, which is shaping up to be the most expensive in history. This alone clearly demonstrates the pay-top-play scourge taking over not just the Republican party, but the political system as a whole in the US.

The next thing we as democratic citizens have to question is what role propaganda has played in getting us to a point where such a large number of people are convinced to vote directly against their best interests. Patriotism, the American flag, military power, religion and the notion of the American dream have all been used with great effect to manipulate people into getting to where our political discourse is today. What is clear in the propaganda is that all of these aspects have been rolled into a nice little package and associated with the Republican Party over and over again, as well as the idea that anyone outside of this thinking is an enemy that wants to destroy what you hold so dear. Because of this, any sort of rational discussion becomes impossible, which is exact what a corporatocracy, or the fringe few, have sought to realize over decades of a very determined, well financed and thoroughly selfish intent.

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