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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Chupacabra Report

Been away for a while, got to sit in at Lucy Hill’s songwriter showcase at San Antonio’s old Olmos Pharmacy, and made it home to recuperate and catch up on the news..

This week the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FCC that McCain-Feingold prohibitions against corporate-funded attack ads in the 60 days before elections was contrary to First Amendment protection of free speech. This is a major advance of the concept of Corporate Personhood, the idea established (some say accidentally) by the 1886 Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific railroad decision, the idea that a corporation has the same civil rights as an actual person. After this decision, which may eliminate legal limits on corporate campaign spending, corporate “persons” may be more equal than natural persons, whose campaign contributions are currently limited to $2,300 per year.

Eight-nine-year –old Justice John Paul Stevens, author of the 90-page dissenting opinion, questioned afterwards whether the majority was “serious about judicial restraint,” reminding me of a line from newsman John Stewart about advocates of limited government who in reality are advocates of government “limited to Republicans.”


At 4:10 AM , Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Are corporations really persons?

Do corporations think?

Do corporations grieve when a loved one dies as a result of a lack of adequate health care?

If a corporation ever committed an unspeakable crime against the American people, could IT be sent to federal prison? (Note the operative word here: "It")

Has a corporation ever given its life for its country?

Has a corporation ever been killed in an accident as the result of a design flaw in the automobile it was driving?

Has a corporation ever written a novel that inspired millions?

Has a corporation ever risked its life by climbing a ladder to save a child from a burning house?

Has a corporation ever won an Oscar? Or an Emmy? Or the Nobel Peace Prize? Or the Pulitzer Prize in Biography?

Has a corporation ever been shot and killed by someone who was using an illegal and unregistered gun?

Has a corporation ever paused to reflect upon the simple beauty of an autumn sunset or a brilliant winter moon rising on the horizon?

If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a noise if there are no corporations there to hear it?

Should corporations kiss on the first date?

Our lives - yours and mine - have more worth than any corporation. To say that the Supreme Court made a awful decision on Thursday is an understatement. Not only is it an obscene ruling - it's an insult to our humanity.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

At 6:16 AM , Blogger liquiddaddy said...

Oh my God! Democrats will never be elected ever again! We are doomed to a life of forced servitude to Jaba the Hut!


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