Corporate Personhood

 

The Supreme Court ruling allowing corporate political cash to support or oppose candidates for President and Congress further marginalizes the influence of regular citizens.

I ask:

  1. Does it appear to you that all “persons” get equal treatment under the law?

2. How do Corporate “persons” that are to be regulated by Congress get to influence the election of the people’s representatives in Congress?

3. When Corporate “persons” declare themselves as Multi-National are they really American citizens anymore?

4. Do corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies have “personhood” endowed by their Creator?

The 2002 campaign finance law at issue was named after Senator John McCain, the unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee in 2008, and Democratic Senator Russell Feingold.

The justices overturned Supreme Court precedents from 2003 and 1990 that upheld federal and state limits on independent expenditures by corporate treasuries to support or oppose candidates.

More than a century ago, President Teddy Roosevelt saw what today’s court is blind to — that unleashing corporations to drench our political campaigns in special interest money will drown out the voice of regular citizens.

Roosevelt banned corporate political spending by signing the Tillman Act in 1907. Four decades later, Congress extended the same ban to unions. Supreme courts have affirmed these limits as legitimate several times since.

In a 5-4 decision this supposedly conservative court swept all that away. So now, instead of soliciting their employees or members for voluntary donations to political action committees, unions and corporations can tap their general funds for political causes, allowing them to spend much more.

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Article I

Section 8. The Congress shall have power… To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;

The laws of the United States hold that a legal entity (like a corporation or non-profit organization) shall be treated under the law as a person except when otherwise noted. This rule of construction is specified in 1 U.S.C. §1, which states: In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, unless the context indicates otherwise– the words “person” and “whoever” include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals;

I find it demeaning to me as a human being to be placed in the same category with corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies.

It appears to me that Congress has created “super persons” in the form of corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies endowed with “super rights”.

What do Corporate “persons” get from your local, state, and federal that regular citizens don’t:

  1. Free or reduced-price land
  2. Infrastructure assistance
  3. Tax-increment financing
  4. Property tax breaks
  5. State corporate income tax credits
  6. Sales tax rebates
  7. Enterprise-zone (and other zone) status
  8. Financial maneuvering between subsidiaries to avoid State and Federal income taxes
  9. Transfer pricing, involves corporations’ charging their overseas subsidiaries lower prices for goods and services, a common move that lowers a corporation’s tax bill

Two out of every three United States Corporations (Corporate “persons”) paid no federal income taxes from 1998 through 2005, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

I ask again:

  1. Does it appear to you that all “persons” get equal treatment under the law?

2. How do Corporate “persons” that are to be regulated by Congress get to influence the election of the people’s representatives in Congress?

3. When Corporate “persons” declare themselves as Multi-National are they really American citizens anymore?

4. Do corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies have “personhood” endowed by their Creator?