[FoRK] My sentiments exactly...
sdw at lig.net
Sat Jan 23 17:36:59 PST 2010
Jeff Bone wrote:
> Cf. "So Much Good News"
> In the US, Med Reform is dead and the Supreme Court upholds free
> speechbig-time. ...
(Random link from a random mailing list, never noticed "Smirking Chimp"
Interesting details against:
> I would also like to quote Supreme Court Justice Byron White:
> "The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak, not the right to spend."
> "The Court is most vulnerable and comes nearest to illegitimacy when
> it deals with judge-made constitutional law having little or no
> cognizable roots in the language or design of the Constitution."
> After fighting a revolution
> After fighting a revolution to end the exploitation by English
> corporations, our country's founders retained a healthy fear of
> corporate power and wisely limited corporations exclusively to a
> business role. Corporations were forbidden from attempting to
> influence elections, public policy, and other realms of civic society.
> For 100 years after the American Revolution, legislators maintained
> tight control of the corporate chartering process. Because of
> widespread public opposition, early legislators granted very few
> corporate charters, and only after debate. Citizens governed
> corporations by detailing operating conditions not just in charters
> but also in state constitutions and state laws. Incorporated
> businesses were prohibited from taking any action that legislators did
> not specifically allow.
> Everything begins and ends with the 14th Amendment, which was written
> to assure political rights for the newly-freed slaves. The hijacking
> and re-interpretation of this amendment, is the loophole corporations
> ultimately used to be granted the same rights as US citizens under the
> Bill of Rights.
> The First Amendment wasn't extended to include corporations until 1936
> (Grosjean v. American Press Co).
> I think such a massive change in the way we run our country, in the
> way our "democracy" works, needs to atleast be very very clearly based
> on the Constitution. But it's not.
> Corporate Personhood, the very core of this entire problem, is based
> on reinterpretation of amendments, illegitimate precedence (Santa
> Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad), loopholes and deals struck
> by corporate lawyers (acting as both attorneys and judges).
> When such a massive and fundemental change of society is built on a
> history of suspicious legislation and systematic redefinition of our
> very constitution, is it not worthy of our scepticism?
> Our rights as citizens are being cancelled out by extending the same
> rights to legally immortal superbeings, who can use their obvious
> advantages to tweak the system as they see fit.
> That's not democracy. It's a perverse form of theocratic plutocracy,
> where power is totally and completely removed from the people.
> Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of
> self interest backed by force.
> ~George Bernard Shaw
> Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.
> ~Al Capone
> Submitted by Alabastermaster on January 23, 2010 - 4:42pm.
> Why Santa Clara should scareya....
> ....or...technically...why its legal misinterpretation made law should
> at least inconvenience you a little.
> Santa Clara was instrumental in giving corporations all the RIGHTS of
> a (natural) person with none of the responsibilities listed in the
> Constitution. E.g., despite corporations being state organizations
> (chartered by states and granted the state privilege of issuing public
> securities), a series of equally corrupt supreme corporate court
> decisions ruled that corps did not have to observe freedom of speech,
> due process, freedom of religion, etc. This why the government
> observes due process when terminating an employee (just cause) while
> corporations could fire you for refusing to give the CEO a blowjob.
> Thanks to court cases and subsequent anti-discrimination laws
> minimally limiting extreme at-will termination abuses, they now must
> use a pretext before doing so.
> The post-Civil War empowering of corporations gave them exorbitant
> privileges of citizenship and limited liability that shielded them
> from government regulators and creditors, thanks to the legislators
> and judges they bought. The stank hacks whoring on the Supreme Court
> in the post-Civil War era were usually ex-corporate lawyers with a
> vast repertoire of experience of whoring the legal profession for
> Corporate. Not only were blatantly biased pro-business decisions such
> as Santa Clara the product of these corporate flacks posing as
> jurists, but so were racist decisions such as the infamous Plessy v
> Ferguson, which was the prostituting of constitutional law that
> subjected African Americans to a century of Jim Crow. The corporate
> Supreme Court decisions from this period are among the worst ever
> reached in history, containing some of the most embarrassing and
> imbecilic legal reasoning ever put to court reporter paper. Santa
> Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, the case where a coterie of
> corporate baboons, with one notable exception (Justice Harlan),
> awkwardly, ignorantly, ambiguously, and without legal precedent
> awarded corporations personage status to frustrate government efforts
> to regulate them, is Exhibit A.
> Until 1886 corporations were not considered persons. It was clear what
> they were: artificial creations of their owners and the state
> legislatures. They were regulated and taxed. They could sue and be
> sued. Corporations did not need to be declared a “natural person” to
> sue or be sued, otherwise there would not have been a Supreme Court
> case called “Santa Clara” (because a party in that case, Southern
> Pacific Railroad, was a corporation and was sued prior to the Supreme
> Court hearing the case, (see Mr. Obvious)). They were subject to all
> of the laws of the land as well as any restrictions placed in their
> charters. But from 1819 until 1886 the wealthiest business people in
> that land sought to use the Federal government, particularly the
> courts, to get their corporations out from under the control of the
> states and their citizens, exactly as was done in the Reagan/Bush era.
> Those 19th Century corporate lackeys subjected African Americans to a
> century of Jim Crow discrimination. They made corporations into a
> vehicle for the wealthy elite to control the economy and the
> government. They vastly increased the power of the Supreme Court
> itself over elected government officials in order to increase and
> protect the power of their corporate masters.
> So, “Santa Clara” is easy. All of the constitutional rights afforded
> to actual persons, but none of the responsibilities for observance of
> basic fundamental rights, and historians will argue which of the
> corrupt Supreme Corporate Courts were the most corrupt: those whoring
> from the bench in Robber Baron era, or those prostituting the
> Constitution during the waning years of yet another failed attempt at
> corporate empire. What a racket. Who was the idiot that said crime
> doesn't pay?
> “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary
> depends on his not understanding it.” -Upton Sinclair
> “Men of the same trade seldom meet but that it ends in a conspiracy
> against the public.” -Adam Smith
> Submitted by SnoopDopeyDogg on January 23, 2010 - 3:43pm.
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