Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Corporations are People?

"It might be added that corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court justice.Image via Wikipediabeings, to be sure, and their “personhood” often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established." Justice John Paul Stevens in dissent to Citizens United
He continued referring to the framers of the US Constitution:
"The Framers thus took it as a given that corporations could be comprehensively regulated in the service of the public welfare. Unlike our colleagues, they had little trouble distinguishing corporations from human beings, and when they constitutionalized the right to free speech in the First Amendment, it was the free speech of individual Americans they had in mind."

The following Republican presidential candidates think corporations are people: Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.  These republican presidential candidates will feel right at home and have much in common with our Supreme Court Justice's Kennedy, Alito, Thomas, Scalia and Roberts, who also think corporations are people.  You could say they were almost of one mind, one mind, that is evenly divided between 10 people.

MovetoAmend.org a coalition that advocates amending the Constitution to end the doctrine of corporate Personhood   
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