Spend your life feeding a beast made of hate, expecting it to love you, and it’s your life to waste. That’s the lesson that Marco Rubio came away with at this weekend’s Koch-funded “Defending the American Dream” teabagger orgy.
We’ve reported on the greed-orgy before, but here are the highlights again: Sponsors include the Koch Brothers’ Americans for prosperity, tobacco kings Altria and a marketing firm. Speakers include Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and those ever-present sources of Floridian pride, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio. Tickets are about three times the cost of a normal daily ticket for Universal, mostly to keep poor, brown people out.
Unfortunately for Rubio, his home-field advantage didn’t quite offset his familial brown-ness, because Rubio was roundly heckled and booed during his speech by the Klan in attendance. As Rubio walked to the lectern, before he had spoken a word, a brotherhood of Christian soldiers began shouting:
“No Amnesty! No AMNESTY!!”
And things only got worse from there. With negative public momentum swimming over the Rio Grande of his prepared speech, the crowd’s boos and heckles followed him all the way through his otherwise party-line speech on shutting down the government rather than fund Obamacare.
Of course, it’s not as though Rubio was doing anything but toeing the Koch party line. Little-known to many, the Kochs have always been in favor of amnesty, even hosting pro-amnesty forums on Buzzfeed.But anyone gets misty-eyed at the prospect of lingering Koch humanity, it’s worth remembering that their support of amnesty has nothing to do with any altruistic interpretation of the American Dream. The Kochs support amnesty solely because it means an influx of cheap labor. More importantly, the Kochs have long attested that a LACK of extensive, cheap labor would mean $50 strawberries and $100 wheat.
That seems like a pretty progressive and reasonable compromise, considering — and it was back in 1861, too, when Southern plantation owners used EXACTLY the same argument in defense of slavery. But that’s a different article.
Regardless, the slave-level Teabaggers at “Defending the Dream” couldn’t exactly see the Koch’s big-picture plan for modern slavery, especially if it meant more monkey-jabbering brown people playing their Telanueva in ‘Murica.
But prima fascia, Rubio’s still pulling the Koch Party line, whether his Teaslave base knows it or not. Teabaggers don’t get told anything they don’t need to know to pick the Kochs’ cotton, so these kinds of misunderstanding are bound to happen. For that reason, this is hardly going to hurt Rubio over the long-term. The Kochs selected him to advance their amnesty agenda specifically because of his ethnicity, so a certain amount of blow-back was inevitable.
But we can at least gain some solace from the fact that for a few glorious moments, Rubio got a little taste of the hate that he works so tirelessly to advance. If he were capable of looking past his bank account long enough to see a lesson here, it would be this:
You can do the massa’s bidding all you want, Marco. You can feed that beast the bones of everyone you ever loved, and hope that someday it will love you in return. But never forget what the Koch brothers and those like them REALLY think — as long as your skin is brown, your ass better know its role. Boy.