Koch brothers are fighting for our individual liberties

To the editor:

The Koch brothers are demonized by the left in a media taking its cues from the president, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the radical progressive gang which took over the Democratic Party. They are now pushing and supporting a status quo that is destroying our economic foundation and individual liberty.

Charles Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries. He and his enterprise truly deserve to be recognized and heralded as models of corporate and personal responsibility. They should be emulated, not condemned. This enterprise which employs 60,000 Americans is creating, in aggregate, $11.7 billion in compensation and benefits. Since 2009, it has earned over 700 awards for environmental, health and safety performance, many from the EPA. Some of those government officials commended them for their commitment to a clean environment.

So why are the political hacks attacking them? It is all in his message. He believes the highest national ideal is America’s love of liberty. He recently stated, “Instead of fostering a system that enables people to help themselves, America is now saddled with a system that destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness. This is what happens when elected officials believe that people’s lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by the people themselves.

“The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration, ” he correctly observed, “ is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.”

What this man is fighting for is personal freedom, equality before the law, dignity and respect. He is a principled man who fights crony capitalism and all political favors. “If more businesses (and elected officials) were to embrace a vision of creating real value for people in a principled way,” he believes, “our nation would be far better off.”

Fighting for honest government and competitive markets puts a target on his back by the enemies of liberty.

—Michael Lewinski

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