Re: Tom McKelvey comments in Ramona Sentinel issue of April 13, 2017.
Mr. McKelvey states, “I personally believe in listening to ALL views on a subject,” so I am happy to oblige by giving him another view.
McKelvey declares, “Unlike the Tea Party movement, Indivisible is a ‘top down’ organization where an elite group has formed and funded an agenda to thrust upon the rest of the population.” I assume this is just his opinion since he gives no source for this counterfactual statement. So let’s look at the facts, as explained by various sources, one of whom is Jeff Nesbit, former communications official at the Food and Drug Administration and George Bush White House.
Nesbit writes, in an article adapted from his book, Poison Tea: How Big Oil and Big Tobacco Invented the Tea Party and Captured the GOP, “Charles and David Koch (brother billionaires) … have almost certainly spent or raised more than a billion dollars to successfully bend one of the two national parties in America to their will. The long rise of the Tea Party movement was orchestrated, well-funded, and deliberate … What didn’t become public knowledge until nearly 20 years later was that these themes of a Tea Party anti-tax, anti-regulation, and anti-government revolt were then developed almost simultaneously by two of the largest tobacco companies – Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds – under the guise of political and business coalitions to fight excise taxes of all sorts.” Did the tobacco companies write the script for the Tea Party?
Of course this top down organization serves to negate this idea of “Unlike the Tea Party movement.” In fact, “top down” is the origin of the movement. Many Tea Party members talk of it as a “grass roots” movement, but it appears to me that the roots may be green, not green as grass, but green as in money. Not exactly vox populi.
If this source of a respectable Republican who served under President George Bush is not enough, another source that might help in understanding the Koch brothers and their effort to save America for the billionaires in a long article in the New Yorker titled “Covert Operations” in the Aug. 20, 2010 issue.
I will end by saying that I do agree with Mr. McKelvey on one point — we should listen to all views on the subject. I listened to his and hope he will listen to mine.
Dante Cosentino is a Ramona resident.