Here’s the point: If you are content to think that corporations are people and money is speech, as the Supreme Court decided in the by a vote of 5-4, in their Citizens United v Federal Election Commission decision, then indeed you are sleepwalking through your citizenship and giving over your faith to false prophets.
I believe, when future accounts of this era are written, historians will judge that the wake up call for many people in America was in early 2010 with that Supreme Court decision. The winter of 2010 is what led to the #OWS demonstrations in the fall of 2011.
Can we as citizens accept this definition of person, and of speech? This is what Dr. West, by his action on the steps of the Supreme Court, is asking us to stop and ponder. Corporation as person? A soulless legal entity as human being? No. We can’t and we must not. As I have written before, God didn’t create corporations.
And God didn’t create The Washington Post, which is a corporation. Could Congress criminalize WaPo’s reporting about political candidates in the 2-month period preceding an election? It would protect us from distorted ravings like yours, Ms. Thisltethwaite. What do you say? You must say yes! I mean, if you care about coherence. And I know you don’t.
Every major media outlet in the country is either a corporation or is owned by a corporation. What would undoing corporate personhood do to freedom of speech and of the press?
If corporate personhood did not exist, how would you sue a corporation? What would that do to the doctrine of limited liability? Imagine losing everything you own because you owned a single share of a corporation that lost a lawsuit.
If you’re really interested in this issue, here is a good treatise on the topic.
Some legal concepts are too complex for a T-shirt or bumper sticker.
“I’ll believe a corporation is a person when Texas executes one.”