Corporate America: Do not tread on Us

With the signing of the Declaration of Independence that started out as a racist rag, the signers of our first social contract became our country’s first enemy combatants and radical extremists, thus the fight to win our sovereignty.  Two hundred and thirty-six years later, we continue to battle a more domestic enemy, corporate personhood.  We are sick and tired of listening to the same old tired corporatist rhetoric of, for, and by the elite as they steal our very lives before us.  Corporate American must come to understand it is Americans on Main Street whom they need to fear.  We do not and will not fear them.

The people who think they ‘own’ this country have created a situation where people are so scared of their own shadows that most do not even think about civil disobedience.  As we go about our own lives in our “pursuit of Happiness,” failing to understand that the Declaration of Independence was meant for all citizens, not just white European centric males, many people fall short of recognizing that we are all inextricably connected one way or another to each other, directly or indirectly.  Being an American does not excuse one from natural law and cause and effect.  When one is unjustly treated, we all as the greater community pay the price.  As veterans many of us took an “Oath of Enlistment” to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign AND domestic; that’ we ‘will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.  The enemy is corporate greed, corruption, and their continued un-American activities.  Dissent as a right is as American as fireworks on July 4, for without it we would have no independence from England.  The oath we took is a lifetime commitment, it does not expire,  Think about it.

“We deserve a country where our elected officials are not bought and paid for by big corporations.  But the Citizens United vs. FEC Supreme Court decision overturned over a century of precedent and opened the floodgates for unlimited amounts of corporate money to flow into our political system.  Shockingly, the court came to this decision based on the notion that a corporation is legally a “person” entitled to First Amendment rights, and by equating a corporation’s right to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing an election with our right to free speech.”

“Even before the Citizens United decision, we too often saw the interests of Main Street subverted in favor of the interests of Wall Street.  But with the Citizens United decision now the law of the land, large corporations have the power to spend unlimited amounts of money from their general treasuries to buy elections.”

“To put things in perspective, the roughly $745 million Barack Obama raised to run for President in the 2008 election cycle (which was the most money raised by any candidate ever to run for office in the U.S.) is dwarfed by the $45 billion in profits a single company (Exxon Mobil) made in 2008.  What’s more, Citizen United opened loopholes that allow corporations to hide their campaign expenditures by laundering the money through non-profit advocacy organizations.”

“The Supreme Court recently indicated that it would hear a challenge to Montana’s campaign finance law.  While it is possible the Court could narrow the scope of Citizens United, it is very unlikely that the Supreme Court will fix the issue any time soon.  Nevertheless, because Congress cannot pass a law that supersedes a Supreme Court ruling, it may take a constitutional amendment to undo the worst aspects of the Citizens United decision and end corporate personhood.  Clearly, the bar to successfully amending the Constitution is very high.  However, with 85% of the public opposed to the Citizens United decision, there is a potential for a broad coalition of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who all want to restore our democracy.  In addition, let us remember, the stakes are too high to allow inaction on this issue.  It is no exaggeration to say that the Citizens United decision fundamentally threatens the integrity of our democracy.”

Dissent and protest are what put us on the map as the globe’s supposedly most democratic nation.  If refusal to accept corporations as people is viewed as a ‘call to action’ or a crime then let it be, so is losing your house and your life savings, so is being forced into bankruptcy, so is losing your job or your unemployment checks.  Yet the fears continue as millions lose their medical insurance, have their utilities shut off, and are forced into unfair and illegal banking practices that eat up their life savings.  Dangerous and harmful healthcare and medical policies continue to kill thousands in order to safeguard some companies bottom line.  All these corporate-made horrors continue to prey on so many Americans across the land.  In a country that used to boast MADE IN AMERICA, we are slowing becoming a nation of fat-assed consumers; Lemmings listening to the sound of the corporate piper as we head for the cliffs.  Is this what we have been reduced to?  We are like Swine groveling for our own share of the handout and screw you if you do not have yours.  I got mine.  A death row prisoner was once quoted as saying minutes before his execution, “I see now how I could’ve done things a lot more simpler.”  What will each of us say on the day of our own corporeal passing?

“We need a government of, for, and by the people.  Moreover, sadly, we might need to work hard to re-establish the common sense and democratic view that only people are people, not corporations.  Your senators and member of Congress need to hear from you, regardless of where they stand on this issue.  We need to show them that their constituents are part of a broad movement demanding action – not only to convince them that overturning Citizens United is the right thing to do, but also that it’s possible.”

“The Citizens United vs. FEC Supreme Court decision overturned over a century of precedent and opened the floodgates for unlimited amounts of corporate money to flow into our political system.“  Shockingly, the court came to this decision based on the notion that a corporation is legally a “person” entitled to First Amendment rights, and by equating a corporation’s right to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing an election with our right to free speech.” (1)  It is time people.  It is time to stop the insanity.  RIGHT NOW!  United We Stand, Divided We Beg!

Tell your senators and member of Congress to support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end corporate personhood.

We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth in a few hands, but we cannot have both.  ~ Louis D. Brandeis

(1)  (Credo Action, <http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/corporations/&gt; “Tell Congress: Only people are people.” 23February2012)

 

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About batai52

Brother, father, photographer, filmmaker, writer, artist, veteran, Iroquois/Scottish, aquarian and lover of Martinis "so dry you have to blow the dust off." There are many I admire: Maya Angelou, Ezra Pound, Morris Dees, Cornel West and Alan Alda (Hawkeye Pierce M*SH) for his art and activism. A true activist. Me? Heading towards being a feminist and I am working on my own human condition. Onward Together!
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