Mitt Romney’s historic statement of corporate personhood makes him this generation’s civil rights champion.

Thursday August 11, 2011

Category: Humor, Politics, Weekend

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7 Responses to “Romney 2012 – “Corporations Are People””

  1. mad Albanian says:

    I think Rommey spoke the truth when he said that.
    Actually, corporations have more rights than people and less obligations in our modern day society. So in that sense they are privileged people.

  2. They are the feral versions of people

  3. Andrea Psoras says:

    It doesnt surprise me that Romney thinks this or perhaps it is a distortion of what he really thinks and said and was condeming it as it should be and he was merely stating fact.

    After the Civil War we were not put back under the Constitution, which had been suspended when the South seceded from the Union. I’d heard that’s also why the Civil War happened, to get us out from under the Constitution, and not being under it would benefit the wealthy here and the Europeans.

    The founders gave no such distinction to corporations which existed in some similar form in the era of the founders but all of that sort of thing was left to the states and is administered at the state level. We had no federal corporate law and only until about 1863 when there was the National Banking Act, or perhaps earlier with some form of central banking, which they’d also opposed, but in any event again the founders opposed anything that would risk the abuse of power and corporations that could grow or central banking that could facilitate cartel activity all was opposed by the founders and later public servants who understood those problems and institutions causing those problems for a self rule society.

    Worse problems arose after the Civil war however, in the 1880s when the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could enjoy the 14th Amendment privileges that a natural born citizen enjoys. Eventually, when Senate became increasingly controlled by what the states would send in order to allow the major corporations in those states to have more power in Congress, Senators then became elected by popular vote rather than by state legislators. That didn’t change the problem the crippled republic was encountering with the power of the europeans, our elite/wealthy and their corporate activities.
    There isn’t sufficient justification in what the founders left us to allow corporations to enjoy 14th Amendment protection and status as a ‘person’, however we’re not only not back under the Constitution, but we’ve got a significant amount of federal statute that can get knocked down by the Supreme court but we’ve got a Supreme Court way too infatuated with corporate power.

    It’s been called fascism. I agree. My ‘home’ town also was that for Smedley Butler who was the youngest major general ever in the Marines. He also was twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor but was dead before WW2. I think his activism was feared against an increasing amount of fascism he was observing in our society and those corporate/commercial self-interested reasons that were responsible for triggering US troops committed to regions outside our borders. He authored a short book on this subject and through the mid/late 30s publicly condemned this sort of corporate self interest and his identification of it as fascism.

    This isn’t better today. And worse we’ve imported a neo-nazi/neo feudal post war version that uses dissembling and doubles peak and overbearing brow-beating to isolate and silence critics that are truly feared. And there is an infrastructure here that facilitates the problems proliferating planned obsolescence throughout all of American society, meanwhile elevating ‘corporations are people’ pervading our culture.

    While corporations are enjoying virtual impunity to amass size and power, those who are the key decision makers in corporations are those most advantaged by a diffused and crippled but somewhat controllable society. As a result there is a great deal of power and tyranny to protect this corrupt status.

    Andrea Psoras
    Blog: http://www.bankinnovation.net/profile/AndreaPsoras

  4. TheInterest says:

    If Corporations are People then are People also Corporations? If they are, how does that affect your “legal” life?

  5. Greg0658 says:

    Interest posts “are People also Corporations” .. that would be an apple cart upsetter .. paycheck to paycheck paying business expenses called LIVING .. who would pay for national infrastructure & defense?

  6. victor says:

    Here’s a Wiki quote on the subject:

    “Despite not being natural persons, corporations are recognized by the law to have rights and responsibilities like natural persons (“people”). Corporations can exercise human rights against real individuals and the state,[2] and they can themselves be responsible for human rights violations.[3] Corporations are conceptually immortal but they can “die” when they are “dissolved” either by statutory operation, order of court, or voluntary action on the part of shareholders. Insolvency may result in a form of corporate ‘death’, when creditors force the liquidation and dissolution of the corporation under court order,[4] but it most often results in a restructuring of corporate holdings. Corporations can even be convicted of criminal offenses, such as fraud and manslaughter”.

    There are just and unjust people and just and unjust Corporations.

  7. RonN says:

    Welcome to the “UCA” — United Corporations of America.