So…Dr. Ben Carson, our new HUD Secretary, was making a speech recently, when he brought up the notion of the American Dream. While doing so, he further exemplified the fact that you should never confuse education with intelligence.
Carson’s statement caused such a stir, that he even got a response from Gene Wilder on the subject. Okay, maybe I am just making this part up.
Colin Kaepernick has a lot of people talking as of late. A lot of anger, a lot of admiration, and some ambivalence, depending on who you talk to.
My own view is that most people are fine and dandy with the notion of free speech, until they hear or see something that they don’t like. Which is interesting, because the whole point of freedom of speech is that it is there to protect expression that may be unpopular.
Ultimately, whether a person agrees with Kaepernick or not, I would like to see them at least grant him that space to voice his opinion. He is aware of the possible consequences in terms of lost endorsements or backlash. So let him speak out if he so chooses.
According to the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling and many conservatives across the nation, corporations are the same as people, and their money is considered speech. This idea allows for corporations to basically buy politicians left and right, and undermine our entire democratic process. For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would not agree that considering corporations as people works AGAINST the people of the United States. I don’t understand why anyone other than CEO’s or other corporate higher-ups would even consider this concept as beneficial.
To say that corporations are people is the same as saying your neighborhood drug dealer is identical to an organized, international drug cartel. Corporations have so much more influence, reach, and power than the average citizen, that they can’t be considered the same thing! If you were walking down the street, would you rather come face to face with one thug, or an entire gang of thugs? Unless you have a death wish, I would expect the single thug to be preferable. Same idea with corporations versus people.
When the founding fathers drafted the Constitution, there is no way I can imagine that they would agree that Wal-Mart spending millions or billions of dollars on any given politician is protected free speech. We need to get money out of politics, not give corporations more power. On the right and the left. And get back to a system closer to one person, one vote.
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