If George Soros is the billionaire guy all the ideologically right types love to hate — with good reason, really — and Charles Koch is the billionaire of Big Business adoration — meaning, the guy the ideological left love to hate — then what’s up with their partnering for an “anti-war” think tank called the Quincy Foundation?
Here’s the answer: Because Soros and Koch are both cut from the same globalist cloth.
While Soros is busily bouncing money into political causes that advance his progressive-slash-socialist views, Koch is busily pouring equal amounts in cash for causes that advance his Wall Street views. For example? For example, for Koch, it’s money before borders.
“Billionaire Koch Brothers Launch Super PAC to Support Open Borders’ Politicians,” one Breitbart headline ran, just about a year ago.
“Charles Koch wants a more open border,” another headline, this one from The Washington Post, said just this past April. The rest of the headline? It read: “Immigration is one reason he’s backed away from the GOP.”
Right into the corner already occupied by Soros.
And now the two bored billionaires are preparing to pool their ample resources to fund The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, with a planned launch date of September. Both coughed up an initial half-million for the endeavor. The Boston Globe reported several other donors had put in a collective $800,000 more.
Yes, Koch has a record of pressing for limited government and tea party-type principles — in contract to Soros, who always goes for the Big Government solution to all. But.
When asked in a long-ago interview about Soros’ far-leftist principles, Koch offered up this rather lame explanation, as noted by The Independent: “[He’s just not] been sufficiently exposed to the ideas of liberty.”
Really? ‘Cause Soros has led the, what — sheltered life?
No. It’s not that Soros hasn’t been exposed to liberty, or that he hasn’t been educated on the roots of liberty — or on the tremendous gift of liberty America offers in its guiding principle of independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” “that [all] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”
It’s that Soros has indeed been exposed to these principles of liberty, but flatly rejected them.
And now Koch is joining these hands? That’s akin to President Donald Trump calling on Barack Obama to serve as his secretary of State. Or to the House Freedom Caucus asking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to develop its economic plans and platforms.
Or to the pope asking for the Church of Satan to host upcoming Catholic Church Christmas services.
“In an editorial for the Globe, historian Stephen Kinzer, who spoke to the co-founders, said the foundation was likely to advocate for a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, and for less confrontational approaches to perceived adversaries such as Russia and China,” The Independent wrote.
And then there was this, from Stephen Wertheim, one of the five Quincy Foundation co-founders: “[We will] proceed from the premise that foreign policy should secure the safety and well-being of the American people while respecting the rights and dignity of all.”
Well and good. But those are just words. And guess what other body promises safety and security of all while respecting the sovereign wills of individual nations? The United Nations.
The very United Nations that constantly sticks its U.N. noses into U.S. business, demanding concessions on everything from climate change to voting policies.
This is the stage that’s being set for the Soros-Koch partnership.
Wait and watch: The Quincy Foundation will soon, very soon, become one of the left’s go-to sources for talking points on how America ought to run foreign policy. And guess what, it’s not going to be an America First mentality that’s being pushed.
It’ll be the globalist agenda — the socialist views of Soros combined with the open border wishes of Koch — and it’ll fly across national television news screens and into national newspaper pages everywhere on the well-funded pressings of its billionaire founders.
Another United Nations in America’s gates.
• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley.