Corporate ‘personhood’ threatens our democracy

Everyone knows corporations aren’t really people, except theSupreme Court.

Much of the problem of big money in politics is that large corporationsuse their great wealth, which stems from our consumer dollars, to influencegovernment to their advantage, drowning out the voices of most citizens.

This situation doesn’t fit with a democracy and poses a seriousthreat to it.

If corporations are now “people” and have the same rights, suchas freedom of speech, then shouldn’t they have the same obligations andburdens?

Corporations now enjoy the advantages of personhood without manyof the disadvantages. They have advantages in tax policy, such as the abilityto deduct expenses that people cannot. They can domicile in the most favorablelocations regardless of where they have facilities or operations, even inforeign locations where there is little or no taxation. They have protectionsfrom personal liability. They don’t fight our wars. And so on.

Corporations began simply as economic entities chartered andempowered by states to produce or distribute products or services. That’s all.Corporations don’t belong in politics; they’re not even mentioned in theConstitution. The idea that they are people is a perversion of human rights andanother example of how our government has sold out to corporate America.

In the name of democracy, the Supreme Court decision givingcorporations “personhood” must be reversed. And since states empowercorporations, can’t they also limit their powers?

Who in government will stand up to the big money and do what’sright for democracy? For America? That’s why we elected you.

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