Over the past 30-some years, the Koch Brothers have poured more than 100 million dollars into a sprawling network of foundations, think tanks, front groups, advocacy organizations, lobbyists and Republican lawmakers, all to the glory of their hard-core libertarian/hard right agenda. They oppose not just so-called "big" government, but government, period. This includes taxes, environmental protections, safety-net programs, social security, healthcare, worker protections, public education, basically the whole enchilada.

The Koch's tend to think of elected politicians as merely "actors playing out a script," with themselves as supplying "the themes and words for the scripts."

The brothers were early backers, some say the puppet masters, of the Tea Party movement, and when the tea-infused Republicans retook the House in the famous midterm elections of 2010, it was due to the script and echo chamber provided by Koch money.

You owe it to yourself to set aside approximately two hours of your time to watch the following documentary below, "Koch Brothers Exposed", in full. Among other things, the film recounts how the brothers have:

 • helped fund efforts to undo a model diversity policy in the Wake County school system in North Carolina, effectively resegregating the district – part of a larger campaign to weaken the public school system and prepare the way for widespread privatization;

• pushed voter ID laws – purportedly aimed at combating (non-existent) ballot fraud but really designed to keep Democrats from voting – through their financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an increasingly radioactive business group specializing in the drafting of corporate-friendly pick-up-and-pass legislation for state lawmakers.

• pumped millions of dollars into more than 150 colleges and university in exchange for control over hiring and curriculum decisions, to ensure students will be indoctrinated into the free-market fundamentalism of Ayn Rand, Freidrich von Hayek and like minds;

• bankrolled a coordinated campaign to swing public opinion in favor of privatizing Social Security, deploying Koch-funded think tanks, experts, news pundits and politicians to spread the myth that the program is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Which of course gets at the basic problem – the gigantic power of money in American politics makes a joke of our democratic process. And, for sure, without ever touching the subject directly, the film makes a powerful case for campaign finance reform, by showing the malign sway a couple of rich guys with radical views can have over millions of lives, without Americans ever being aware of how they are being manipulated.

Keep in mind that the Koch Brothers are not the only billionaires who are using their vast wealth to undermine the American middle class, endangering and impacting lives for the sake of their own bottom lines. Please take the time to watch this, it is time well spent. Hopefully the next time you watch, listen to or read the news, see a political commercial, listen to a politician's speech, or behold the antics of Congress, you will do so with more discerning eyes and ears.