Monday, April 21, 2014

Who doesn't think corporations are people?

BIG Corporation -- little person
Do YOU think corporations are people? I don't, and I'm in really good company:
The Founding Fathers didn't make corporations people:
  • As colonists, to get around the monopoly of the British East India Company's tea trade, Americans smuggled in their own tea, which led to the Crown imposing the Tea Act as a bailout for the deeply indebted company, which in turn led to the Boston Tea Party rebellion.
  • Early Americans granted government charters to form business organizations to achieve one specific purpose and for limited duration. These "incorporations" were formed only to perform services for the common good that business people could not afford to undertake individually.

The 1886 Supreme Court didn't rule corporations were people:
  • In the case widely cited as establishing corporations as people, SCOTUS declined to consider that argument and ruled on other issues; however a court clerk took liberty in interpretting this to infer corporations had 14th Amendment protections when summarizing its key findings. (For more detail see post on corporate "personhood".)
  • Subsequent court cases have cited this erroneous digest as precedent. (This video shows the shocking timelines that further increased corporate dominance.)

Americans today don't support the idea that corporations are people:
  • In every one of the more than 500 communities -- conservative and liberal, urban and rural -- that have taken action on grassroots initiatives against corporate domination, strong majorities of 65% to nearly 90% of the voters supported resolutions to specify that corporations are not people.

If you're like most Americans, you, too, are fed up with corporate domination. It's time to do more than complain. It's time for all of us to advocate for human rights, to ensure social and economic justice, and to shift the balance of power by ending of corporate domination. It's up to us to build a vibrant democracy accountable to People, not corporations.

We the People have the power -- if we choose to exercise it.

It's up to US to demand that Congress respect its constituents instead of lobbyists' persuasions. It's up to US to tell corporations once and for all: Only human beings are People. It's up to US to support a petition for a Constitutional Amendment to put corporations in their legal place -- as a business, not a person with political control or free speech rights. 

It's time for us to form a coalition of People who support the We the People Amendment. Go to MoveToAmend.org to join the movement. 

And if you're in California, sign the petition for the Amendment initiative

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