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Before I leave writing about the Declaration of Independence, I wanted to comment on one more aspect of it that I found interesting in light of the recent decision by the Supreme Court to vigorously defend the rights of corporations.

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, The court reversed its earlier rulings on the subject and, I feel, made it clear exactly how much this country is ruled by corporations. Since corporations are now viewed as individuals, and with the full rights of individuals under the law, it stands that corporations too are being addressed in the Declaration of Independence when it states regarding the government:

“it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness”

The duty incumbent on these freshly created “individuals”, with all your rights as a human being, and far more, is to change your government, to suit their safety and happiness. They now have a mandate to spend as much money as they want to achieve this. You are welcome to match this expenditure if you can. If you cannot, than don’t expect to be heard by your elected officials as they become the corporations elected officials.

As if the favor bought by thousands of lobbyists in Washington did not get their side of the story explained sufficiently to our elected officials, as if the aides to these officials were not constantly recycled back and forth between working for public officials and private lobbyists, now, just in case there was any doubt that Corporate America is beyond the law, now they can simply buy what they want.

At the very least it is the ultimate employment of an old business idea. They have eliminated the middle man, and along the way eliminated any value in your vote.

Welcome to Washington, will that be cash or check?


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