May 2nd, 2020

Who’s Behind the ‘Reopen’ Protests? They are anything but spontaneous


Who’s Behind the ‘Reopen’ Protests? They are anything but spontaneous.
By Lisa Graves

Ms. Graves is the executive director of True North Research and curator of KochDocs.
April 22, 2020

A protest against Michigan’s stay-at-home order outside the State Capitol last week.

A protest against Michigan’s stay-at-home order outside the State Capitol last week.Credit...Seth Herald/Reuters

I first became aware of the political influence of Charles and David Koch in 2009 when I started looking into who was behind the protests at health care town halls.

The Tea Party, formed after America elected its first black president, used a series of health care town halls to spur angry Republicans to oppose the Affordable Care Act as a socialist takeover of American medicine. Little matter that it was modeled on a plan devised by Mitt Romney, a Republican, when he was the governor of Massachusetts.

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It is 12:43 PM Saturday afternoon here in West Michigan. It has been a cloudy sunny warmish day. The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. And the Coronavirus Pandemic is raging across the planet earth killing millions.

I got up this morning around 6:45 AM. I got up to find my wife reading stuff on her cell phone. I got a bottle of ice water out of the ice box and sat in the living room seeking to wake up to another day of my Life. After I woke up I asked Carol had she had breakfast? She had already had breakfast so I fried myself two eggs for a morning meal. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary and read till Noon from a book titled, 'Unity And Continuity In Covenant Thought: A Study in the Reformed Tradition to the Westminster Assembly' by Andrew A. Woolsey. This afternoon I have been reading from a book titled, 'Hotels Of North America' A Novel By Rick Moody. This morning while Carol was out walking she found in our Little Free Library two used books for me, 'The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories' by Tove Jansson Translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal & Silvester Mazzarella and 'The Festival Of Insignificance' A Novel by Milan Kundera Translated From The French By Linda Asher.

Last night Carol went to bed early and spent the night mainly reading from a novel titled, 'Before the Feast' A Novel By Sasa Stanisic translated by Anthea Bell. I recently ordered used another novel by Sasa Stanisic titled, 'How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone'.

I have no plans for the rest of this day. I am waiting to see what comes in the mail this afternoon. I am expecting books to come in the mail. I love getting books in the mail!

Carol is taking a nap and I am sitting here in front of my computer writing in my online diaries. I plan to film a video maybe this evening telling folks what I have been reading during this plague. Well I will close to drift.

I should mention yesterday I did take a long walk at VanRaalte Farm County Park.

VanRaalte Farm

VanRaalte Farm

VanRaalte Farm

VanRaalte Farm
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