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As the late populist and journalist Molly Ivins once said: "It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America." Extending those liberties and constitutional protections to corporations is antithetical to the principles of Democracy. While the Supreme Court has been slowly granting rights of persons to corporation for over 100 years, the phrase "Corporate Personhood" entered the popular lexicon soon after the January 21, 2010 Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court Case.

The group Move To Amend saw the Citizens United decision coming, and formed in the fall of 2009.

When I began working with  Move To Amend on the documentary we ended up calling Legalize Democracy (which will premiere on Free Speech TV January 21st at 9pm), I was outraged by this concept, still newly minted in my brain, of corporate personhood.


I mean, when corporations are f*cking people the fact is that corporations are going to f*ck people.

Excuse my French.

Growing up in these United States of America, we were taught that we had hit the "where-were-you-born?" lotto jackpot; that the United States of America was operating with the greatest form of government in the world. After all,  if "We the people" rule and our government failed to serve the greater good, well, then our representative form of democracy enabled us to simply vote in representatives who would act in our better interests.

  That seems great in theory, but in practice it is a lie.

At the time of Constitution was ratified, "we the people", did not include the overwhelming majority of the PEOPLE.

We the people did not include women.

It did not include men who did not own property.

It did not include the Native population, who were living on the land we call the United States long before the founding fathers committed genocide against them and justified it under the perverse notion we still teach our schoolchildren called Manifest Destiny.

It would not, until very recently, include the people brought here in shackles, and upon whose backs the wealth and power of this nation were built.  

In fact, "we the people", when this country was founded only meant about 5% of the population.  

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Dennis Trainor, Jr. is the creator and host of Acronym TV and the writer, director and producer of the documentary American Autumn: an Occudoc.
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The MTA and the corporate personhood trope is a fr... by George Flower on Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 4:35:07 PM
Interesting Article___ The Founding Fathers farmer... by jean labrek on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 9:56:23 AM
That's the illusion and the dilemma. It is most un... by R. A. Landbeck on Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 6:06:11 AM
The framework within which it was created is the ... by George Flower on Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 at 8:01:22 PM