Koch Brothers To Harry Reid: Comments Are “Beneath The Office He Holds”
Are other Republicans paying attention, particularly elected ones?
(Politico) The Koch brothers are firing back at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his broadside on their political activities, with a spokesman calling Reid’s comments “beneath the office he holds.”
After Reid on Thursday accused the billionaires Charles and David Koch of trying to “buy the country,” a top aide for the brothers said Reid’s remarks were simply the latest efforts by Democrats “to try to intimidate and silence their political opponents.”
“Senator Reid falsely accused the Kochs of trying to ‘buy the country’ because they have exercised their First Amendment rights of free speech and free association,” said Koch Companies Public Sector President Philip Ellender. “Sen. Reid’s divisive remarks were not only disrespectful and beneath the office he holds, they were indicative of what lengths he and his Democratic allies will go to eliminate and silence their political opposition.”
I’ve been saying and writing this about elected Democrats for a long time. Particularly Mr. Obama. It’s a shame that Congressional Republicans haven’t come out and said the same thing. Democrats are continuously attempting to shut down debate, and constantly demonizing and denigrating private citizens who hold a different political view. While this many not violate the text of the 1st Amendment (Congress shall pass no law…), it by golly violates the spirit.
Too often Democrats use loaded words and phrase, accusing opponents of sexism, racism, a “war on women”, Islamophobia, etc, to attempt to silence opponents. Reid has denigrated private citizens many times. He’s specifically targeted Rush Limbaugh on the Senate floor. Obama is always denigrating political opponents. This is all way below the the office they hold. Boehner, McConnell, Cruze, Paul, etc, should take to the House and Senate floors and take Democrats on over their blatant attacks on private citizens.
Nor will the Kock brothers be intimidated. The aid continued on to say that they will continue their exercise of their Free Speech rights to “advocate for their fundamental beliefs in individual liberty, limited government, and promotion of policies that help people improve their lives.”