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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