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People Are People

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"I don't care how many ways you try to explain it -- corporations aren't people. People are people!" President Obama explained to the crowd at Ohio State University in the first of many campaign speeches to come leading up to the Romney defeat in November.

People are people, corporations are not people. It's a precept so simple it would fit into a basic 9th-grade class on analogies or Venn diagrams. One is flesh and bone, the other paper and ink. So why is this concept so perplexing to fully-grown Neocons and/or Supreme Court Justices? What does it take, Truthseekers, for the average American to EVER wake up to the reality that corporations are not our friends? And giving them unlimited power to act as human beings does nothing to give them the actual conscience to act as moral human beings would.     

Corporations care nothing about the human condition -- only the bottom line. Profit over all else. Any grudging worker's rights allowed by said entities are kept to a minimum and only to quell possible mass rebellion, which would disrupt the productivity machine. Given the opportunity, capitalist corporation would -- and do -- abolish the hard-fought 40-hour work week, minimum wage, sick days, maternity leave, paid vacation, health care benefits, safety regulations, worker's compensation, child-labor prohibitions, and retirement plans.  

The Koch brothers and their minions, like Scott Walker, spend their spare time and their billions to ensure that the Citizens United decision is applied to its utmost extreme to allow Big Corporations, with their fancy new personhood rights, to ravage the middle class by allowing corporations to contribute enormous funds to elect corporate-friendly politicians who will, in turn, vote to erode worker's rights and industry regulations.  Isn't this fun?

The framers of the Constitution, having just ousted a monarchy, were big believers in free speech and free enterprise.  But none of them, especially James Madison who authored the Bill of Rights, ever intended the first amendment to be interpreted in such a way as to allow corporations such unchecked power over our electoral process.

We are inching closer to that doubleplusungood Orwellian future, Truthseekers, where Papers = People and Cash = Speech. Freedom = Slavery and big Corporations LOVE you!

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Kathy never expected a career in radio as a talk show producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kathy was completing her nursing degree when in 2001 - in an emergency - she was asked to fill in as the producer of Mike's program. Within a few (more...)
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