WASHINGTON, May 18, 2014 — There are many things to fear inside the beltway, but the diminutive Harry Reid tops the list. A Google search on “Harry Reid Bully” returns over 12,300 results.
Like the bully that he is, Reid threatens America as he stands behind his oversized protector, the Democratic Party.
Reid has turned his venomous tongue on presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Senator Ted Cruz, President George Bush, conservative media, the filibuster, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Tea Party and everyone in it, and Cliven Bundy and the Nevada ranchers he glibly calls terrorists. His targets are all Americans.
What did any of these people do to cause Harry Reid to ball up his fists and stamp his feet? The consistent thread is that they don’t bow to the alter of Harry.
Now the Koch brothers are making Harry angry, so he is retaliating by threatening to rewrite the Constitution. And not just add an amendment; Reid wants to alter some the most important words to any American:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
Yep, Harry wants to write a new law that prohibits the Koch brothers from participating in the political process by abridging their freedom of speech. And he does not try to hide his motivation:
“There should be no million-dollar entry fee to participate in our democracy,” Reid, D-Nev. said during a Thursday Senate floor speech during which he referenced the Koch brothers saying that their campaign contributions should not receive the same constitutional protection as speech. “Elections in the United States should be decided by voters.”
Social media are noticing Reid’s bullying ways. The Twitter-verse included:
Harry Reid Hates Koch Brothers So Much He Wants to Change the Constitution to Curtail Their Free Speech Rights http://t.co/KqwE783IL9
— Peter M. Abraham (@PeterMAbraham) May 17, 2014
Harry Reid reminds me of a little boy who was bullied and when he grew up decided to bully those who disagreed with him.
— Tony Randazzo (@siciliancharmer) May 14, 2014
On Thursday, Reid said that he will move for a “quick vote” for an amendment, written by Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and cosponsored by 40 out of 55 Democratic senators that would give state governments and Congress the power to regulate how a political campaign could raise or spend money in order to get a candidate elected.
Not all Democrats support Reid. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) defended the Kochs saying:
“People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing — paying their taxes. They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs.”
Noted Pulitzer prize winning columnist and political commenter Charles Krauthammer says that while Reid’s statements are similar to Joe Biden’s, Biden is “likeable” where Reid is mean and trying to hurt people.
“[Reid] reminds me of the vice president, but because Harry Reid never smiles, is angry, aggressive, and kind of mean, he doesn’t get a pass the way Joe Biden does,” Krauthammer said.
How does Reid justify his attacks on the Constitution and the Koch brothers, who are not only Americans, but tax-paying, children’s-hospital-building, cancer-research-funding, educational-groups-supporting, job-creating Americans? Harry says:
“The Koch brothers and other moneyed interests are influencing the politics in a way not seen for generations. Republican senators have come to the floor to defend the Koch brothers’ attempt to buy our democracy. Once again, Republicans are all in to protect their billionaire friends. Not only have Senate Republicans come to the floor to defend the Koch brothers personally, they have again and again defended the Koch brothers’ radical agenda — and it is radical, at least from the middle-class perspective.”
Koch spokesman Phillip Ellender responded to Reid’s rant saying:
“It is clear that there is a big difference between the vision of Senator Reid and of Koch as it relates to the future direction of this country. … We are disappointed that Senator Reid is attacking private citizens rather than the problems facing this nation. It is no wonder that Americans have lost faith in Congress.”
In the majority opinion on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court found that corporations and unions could make unlimited independent expenditures.
As the Supreme Court has said that donations cannot be limited, Reid wants to be able to decide how that money could be raised or spent. In other words, an incumbent in Congress would hold power over any challenger’s political campaign.
There is absolutely no question: The Koch brothers are in a category of their own — in both degree and kind. No one else is pumping money into shadowy campaign organizations and campaigns like they are. There isn’t even a close second,” Reid declared.
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Only in this, as in so many things, Harry doesn’t know what he is talking about.
According to OpenSecrets.org, on the list of the top donors to federal elections between 1989 and 2014, the Koch’s are 59th.
Six of the top donors are unions, which donated $278 million, mostly to democrat candidates. They include:
- AFSCME ($60.6 million),
- NEA ($53.5 million),
- IBEW ($44.4 million),
- UAW ($41.6 million),
- Carpenters & Joiners ($39.2 million)
- SEIU ($38.3 million)
Each of the above gave more money to political campaigns than the Koch’s paltry $18 million.
Who occupies the number one, top dog donor slot? Act Blue, which began making donations in 2004, has given over $100 million in contributions over the last ten years to — wait for it — Democrats.
So why is Harry Reid so tightly wound up about Charles and David Koch?
Because they make a target that he can, with those fists balled up and feet stomping, use to convince gullible Americans that conservative political spending — represented by the Kochs — represents all that is evil in American politics.
And in doing so Harry will keep his job. A job that allows him a big guy to protect him while he bullies anyone and everyone that he does not like. Only Americans need to realize, he wants your lunch money and mine.
Reid has been using his vile rhetoric to bully America for a very long time. In a video uploaded on June 11, 2007, comedian Dennis Miller offered Reid some excellent advice — which Reid failed to follow — to never, ever, speak outloud in public again:
Regardless of which side of the aisle you vote, the Koch brothers are not the problem. Americans who listen to Harry without doing their homework have to stop being gullible and stop thinking that he is protecting them from the math and science nerds. The math and science nerds don’t want your lunch money.
Harry Reid is the problem with America. And the playground discourse.