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Thank you United States Supreme Court.

In particular, thanks to the majority of you who voted in Citizens United vs FEC to grant corporations greater First Amendment rights to influence elections.

Thank you, The Roberts Court:

John Roberts Jr.
Anthony Kennedy
Antonin Scalia
Clarence Thomas
Samuel Alito

I thank you both personally and professionally.

You have now made my life easier.

You see, for the past dozen years, a relative handful of people across the country have been ranting and raving about the dangers of corporate "personhood."

We've discussed how corporations are treated just like human beings under the US Constitution. Protected, shielded and insulated by the Bill of Rights. Possessing 1st, 4th, 5th and other Bill of Rights Amendment protections, as well as 14th Amendment due process and equal protection rights.

We've educated, advocated and organized.

We've helped fellow citizens understand how such absurd Constitutional doctrines are destructive to anything remotely resembling democracy, self-governance and self-determination.

We've worked to show how the presence of corporate Constitutional rights was connected to an absence of legitimate elections, affordable health care, a clean environment, good jobs, and all the other issues average people care about.

And we've challenged the legitimacy of private corporate cash in public elections.

Yet for most of the time, our efforts have come across as merely provocative, quaint, historical, or interesting.

Not relevant. Not current. Not appropriate.

Not until now. Thanks to you. Thanks to this decision.

Thanks to this blatant, revolting and in-your-face pronouncement that corporations are virtually identical to human beings when it comes to First Amendment political free speech. Nine unelected appointed-for-lifers extending in perpetuity political free speech rights to entities that exist solely through legal charters imposed by the government of We The People. The average human person with any amount of common sense knows that corporations have no body and no mind. They are not persons. They should have no speech.

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Greg Coleridge is Outreach Director of Move to Amend. He previously worked for more than three decades with the American Friends Service Committee in Ohio where he educated, advocated and organized on a range of justice, peace, environmental (more...)
 

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