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Supreme Court says corporations are people; real people would strongly disagree

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When people told me in 2000 that there was no difference between Gore and Bush; when people told me in 2004 that they hated Bush, but weren’t thrilled with Kerry, I always had one answer for them: When it comes to who is president, it’s more than just who lives in the Oval Office.

Who sits on the Supreme Court depends on who is the president. And those who liked what John Kerry believed in, but didn’t vote or voted for George W. Bush, must be recoiling at the latest Supreme Court decision.

Corporations are now people.

For those who think “activist judges” are a bad thing must be livid over the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision overturning a century-old precedent on shaky legal ground. However, in one of those ironic moments, those that decry “activist judges” are the ones celebrating this decision.

If you think there is too much money swaying federal elections, this decision opens up two sets of floodgates. Those on the right note that unions can spend more money too, but the lion’s share of money will come from corporations.

And the money will rain down — more deceptive, deceiving ads will invade your airspace. And it won’t be just ads either.

The Court heard the case based on a movie filled with questionable validity about Hillary Clinton that a group wanted to spend its money on during the primary season.

There is a feeling, politics aside, that political advertising has decayed our perception of democracy. True, political ads from over 100 years ago would make today’s ads look tame. The power of television and movies, though, makes an unique impact.

We have a thin conservative majority on the Supreme Court that has fought hard in its decisions to give corporations more rights and people fewer rights, legal precedent be damned.

Those who call them conservative and independent; those you see on the news who seem unsure about who to vote for — these are the people who will be the most negatively affected by this decision. Yet this decision will be seen as pro-conservative.

But there’s the difference. There is Conservative, the establishment. They love giving tax breaks to rich companies to get richer. They are pro-corporation and anti-worker.

Then there is conservative. God-fearing people who go to church or services. Those who believe in lifting up their own bootstraps. They want to work for what they have. They don’t ask much from their government, and they sure don’t get much either.

Conservatives, with a capital C, love this decision. Small c conservatives won’t.

Liberals, by and large, hate this decision. Those who are heavy into the union scene might be slim benefits, but their goals will be quashed not only by the larger amount spent by corporations, but also by the MSM, which views things done by corporations as beneficial to our world and things done by unions with heavy suspicion.

Any 6-year-old child will tell you that corporations are not people. Yet, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito would disagree.

Those last two names are extremely significant. For those who felt the 2004 election was stolen, these two seats, the late William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O’Connor, would have been filled by President Kerry by justices who would have ruled against this notion. This case never would have come up if it wasn’t for the idea that the 5 conservative justices likely would rule in their favor.

The idea that corporations are people with rights granted under the Constitution is a radical judicial philosophy. But you won’t read that in the MSM because they like corporations. And while there are more people as people than corporations as people, in this case, the minority rules, even if there are 5 “conservatives” and 4 not-so-conservatives.

Just remember in 2012, 2016, and beyond, voting for president isn’t a choice between holding your nose and picking the lesser of two evils, it’s about who sits on the Supreme Court. And unlike a lot of things that presidents do, what the Supreme Court decides in their black robes does impact your life. Identifying people as corporations is not what a lot of people — who voted for George W. Bush in 2004 or didn’t vote at all — had in mind. Elections matter to people and corporations disguised as people.


Written by democracysoup

January 22, 2010 at 7:02 am

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