January 22, 2010
One Step Closer To The Dream

It’s official. Corporations are the government, or at least they soon will be. This was largely the case already, but now a long established fact has been formally enshrined into law. The last measly barriers to complete corporate control of this country have been pushed away with as little effort as it takes for a child to knock down a sand castle. The Supreme Court just handed the keys to the kingdom to our friends at Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and all of the other fine, upstanding “individuals” whose right to free speech has been unjustly suppressed for so long …

Now, at last, “people” like Morgan Stanley and Viacom will be able to compete on a level playing field against my massive, twenty dollar donations to political candidates who, up until now, reliably voted against corporate interests in favor of my own selfish agenda. Oh, well. Who am I to stand in the way of free speech? “Let justice be done, though the heavens fall!”

Maybe we should even pay them reparations. I don’t think the 3 billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies that Exxon recently received even begins to right the wrong that’s been done to them, to say nothing of the 700 billion in TARP bailouts to Wall Street banks. Surely the custodians of our economic well-being deserve more? We’re talking about a systematic, decades-long infringement on their right to free speech — the most basic right there is. Allowing them to use even more of our money to fight against our interests is the least we can do. Simple justice demands it.

From now on, let’s allow them to decorate our soldier’s uniforms with corporate logos, too. Let every Iraqi and every Afghan see, emblazoned on every Marine’s helmet, the insignias of those corporate individuals responsible for bringing them freedom. Similarly, let’s encourage every elected official to proudly display the colors of their biggest corporate sponsors, so we specifically know who to thank for keeping us free from the dreaded, godless specter of European-style socialism in the coming years.

How fitting that this decision came along so close to Martin Luther King Day, because it has, to paraphrase King himself, helped us live up to our creed. Five brave justices have compelled us to live up to our values by extending one of our most cherished freedoms to a much misunderstood, much maligned group of hard-working Americans; a group that, all too often in our history, has been denied a seat at the table. Now, thankfully, our long suffering fellow citizens in Corporate America can finally step out of the shadows and have their day in the sun.

God bless you, Justice Roberts.

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Posted by OHollern at January 22, 2010 06:23 PM
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Corporations pay for the campaigns and count your votes. We welcome our new corporate overlords.

Posted by: Mike Goldman on January 22, 2010 8:38 PM

As disturbing as this may be, I doubt that corporations will be any more uniform in their agendas than people currently are. How soon before we find out that what is good for Exxon is not agreeable to GE which would prefer something that is anathema to Merck even though all are opposed to what Goldmine Sachs is doing. Big Health Care will object to breaks given to Big Coal and Big Chemicals because it creates too many sick people that eat into their profits. Us people will have a front row seat at the demise of the United States as the various corporate power groupings battle for dominance or as they would put it, get what they paid for.

Posted by: montag on January 22, 2010 11:36 PM

As long as corporations are eligible for the death penalty----

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on January 23, 2010 1:30 PM

Here's the thing: If corporations are people, why don't people have the same rights as corporations? Try using a mail drop in the Cayman Islands on your next tax return and you'll find out exactly what I mean. Seems to me there is a 14th amendment issue here when virtual people have more rights than physical people.

And I suppose it's rude to point out that the Original Intent of the Founders was that "People" should mean, y'know, people. (Okay, white male people with property. But still...)

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on January 23, 2010 1:47 PM

I agree that the ruling is heinous, and that corporations should not be considered people under the law.

But Republicans outspent Democrats by 2-1 and 3-1 margins for decades in the middle of the twentieth century, yet the Democrats consistently won because they actually stood for popular causes. The ability to spend more only matters when most voters are unable to distinguish between the parties, because both propitiate the super-rich and screw everyone else. Obama talks tough now because he lost Massachusetts. But what will he do to bite the hand that's fed him his entire political life?

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on January 24, 2010 12:24 AM

Do you suppose this Court will allow HP to run for governor of California --- HP Corporation being (legally) a person of middle years, born right here in Silicon Valley -- and if not, why not?

Posted by: joel hanes on January 24, 2010 12:25 AM

Chuck Dupree writes,

when most voters are unable to distinguish between the parties,

That's always the case, Chuck. In the age of teevee, voters have a short attention span and even a shorter memory span. The democratic experiment in the USA is over.

Posted by: Vigilante on January 25, 2010 10:45 AM

I wish people would pay attention. The inside beltway plays grab ass with lies and lunchs. The rich frolic in the sun and have the jets awaiting as the BAD storm hits. The locals jump up and down and can't figure out whether to shout or go blind. All the polititician's look the same.

Then whiplash, some two bit minor tiny little "what the hell file it for the $5 case fee" hit the big time and pays back trillions. Not only that but the Supreme Joke was specifically looking for a case that could be bent to give this result. They were looking for this type of case.

All shocked and reasoned analysis by the shocked and reasoned analysts have all missed the big bang. Guess who has the most money property and assets in the world? Hey, you thought Boeing was big wait till il pape in Rome decides all of the provision of law and government spending.
How many legions does the Pope have, well, pretty much all of the US and a nice little war in the middle east and a 6 to 3 majority on the Supreme Joke to approve the draft, the forced seizure of goods, the imprisionment of all protesters.

Can't say a lot about that filthy little rat Newt Gingrich, but he is always ahead of the curve, like he just converted to catholicism.

In future attempts at democracy, maybe they will remember that a religion is a sickness and that type of sickness should never have 66 percent of the law under their control when they only constitute 24.6 percent of the people. Might be a good idea to figure out why the old time religion has two jews on the court when statistically one jew on every third or fourth court should be about right.

Ah hell, weather is broke, water is broke, religion is broke, banks is broke, insurance is broke, homeowners is broke, small business is broke, crooked car dealers is broke. Why shouldn't the law be shown as a totally broke piece too?

Bet you don't even see another piece of paper on the parishioner molesting catholics ever again. I did sorta wonder when the Irish commission couldn't find any child abusers in 5 years of the new law in Ireland, what happened. Then the little summary's from important information that the reporters wanted suppressed noted "a large number of cases brought up were closed when the priest was transferred to "ta da" the americas.

Yeah, that Irish wheeze is being whispered to the vulnerable catholics all over the americas but don't worry the Pope has this under control. After all he spent 20 some odd years suppressing this old time religions baby raping drive from the public, yep, should be a good leader. A little batty about Hitler but that will attract the fly nuts and he can form little hitler storm troopers and smirk out of his $5000 dress and $3000 shoes and ask for cash for Haiti. Yeah, like he gave Haiti anything before besides the worst of the worst of the baby rapers?

Posted by: Less Isbetter on January 25, 2010 2:43 PM

Joel, HP is running for the U.S. Senate in California. It's eBay that's running for governor.

Whenever I despair of Pennsylvania politics, I look at California.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on January 28, 2010 12:14 PM
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