Enough! Corporations are Not People

i-refuse-to-believe-corporations-are-people-button-94136Who in their right mind really believes the Citizens United ruling was good for this country?  Who believes that giant corporations having the ability to donate unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns, anonymously at that, is good for our country?

Getting money out of politics should be the biggest non-partisan issue we have in this country.  Because at the end of the day, that’s what’s corrupting our government.

It’s lobbyists and special interest groups buying politicians who will represent their interests in Washington, not ours.

And this notion that somehow corporations are people is completely absurd.  They’re not people.  The CEO is a person.  The front desk clerk is a person.  The maintenance individuals are people.  The collaboration of brick, steal, concrete, drywall, board members, shareholders and company logo don’t equate to a human being.

How in the hell can this even be logically justified?  I’ve yet to have a single person rationally explain to me exactly how a business is a person.  Again, who in their right mind actually believes that?

Well, besides these corporations who want to be viewed as people so they can funnel even more money into politics, buying more of our government.  It’s not a coincidence that our Congress becomes more and more unproductive as more and more money gets funneled into politics.

It’s a problem that’s only going to get worse.  Unheard of billions of dollars being funneled into Washington D.C. by big money interest groups and lobbyists that are more or less writing legislation through whichever politicians they’ve bought.

After all, why wouldn’t businesses try to buy our government?  Hell, they can do it without anyone even knowing who they are.

So while in this country we have the constant back and forth between Republicans and Democrats over what’s wrong with our government, what makes our government inefficient and what’s the best way to bring our country forward — the unheard of sums of money being funneled into our government negate any real arguments either side might actually make.

As political activists — and ordinary Americans — our power to change our government has been greatly diminished the more we’ve allowed big corporate interests to buy our government.  Rulings such as Citizens United have only made this situation worse by giving ridiculous “buying power” to big corporations looking out for their corporate interests, not the interests of the American people.

But this asinine belief by many who support the “rights” of corporations to be treated like human beings is absolutely absurd.  There’s no logical reasoning behind anyone believing that allowing more big money to be funneled into our government is actually good for our country.  It’s really an issue that should be more bipartisan, but sadly it isn’t.

Because the truth is our Constitution was written to protect the rights of the people, not entities.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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