It's quite true that corporations using their previously granted Constitutional rights ALREADY exert governing roles via their control of production, technology, jobs, capital, trade, and property. Investment and production decisions that shape our communities and rule our lives are ALREADY made in boardrooms, regulatory agencies, and courtrooms. In the public realm, corporations ALREADY dominate elections, write and pass laws, educate our judges in jurisprudence, and mold public policy debate. And they ALREADY exert influence on law schools, professors and students, on our educational system, and on our very culture.
But it's not been all that clear or obvious. It's never been a strong enough reality to supplant the myths and lore of democracy.
Not until now. Thanks to you.
A century and half ago those who came before you made what may be a comparable decision.
It was called Dred Scott.
Dred Scott affirmed that horror. To the anger, furor and outrage of people everywhere. It led not to further regulating slavery or creating a Slavery Protection Agency but to an abolition movement to do away with slavery forever.
Citizens United will do the same today.
It already is. It will continue. It will expand.
More than 40,000 have just in the first few days signed a petition at MovetoAmend.org calling to amend the US Constitution. To abolish corporate personhood -- corporate constitutional rights. To legalize democracy.
Just like Dred Scott did 150 years ago.
Your decision will launch a movement that will eventually and inevitably amend the Constitution. To expand the rights of people. And abolish injustice
Slavery 150 years ago. Corporate constitutional rights today.
Thank you for making educating and mobilizing citizens everywhere into a social movement so much easier.