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Does big tobacco have the RIGHT to lie?

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Imagine there's an industry that sells a product that kills 1200 people every single day. And that's not because 1200 people misuse the product - but because the product ACTUALLY causes death when it's used as directed. 

Now imagine this industry has been given free reign to sell their product for decades - killing more people around the nation every decade than have died in all our wars from the Revolutionary War in 1776 to World War II to Vietnam and Afghanistan - combined. 

There's a lot of risk just in that. But then they doubled down - when Congress asked the CEOs of the corporations that make this industry to testify about just how destructive their product is - they lie right through their teeth. 

You see, corporate law has evolved over the years to the point where there's virtually no risk to CEOs or stockholders, even when their company or product kills people - and even when they lie about it. 

Of course! Corporations are people - and as people, they have the First Amendment right to free speech! 

Move to - and supporting a constitutional amendment that once and for all says - corporations are NOT people. Let's let ACTUAL people decide what products are safe - and not Big Tobacco CEOs. 


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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)

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