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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  • Jim Bean

    “I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one.” Would the author say the same about Detroit unions?

    • Pipercat

      Why just Detroit?

      • Jim Bean

        Why just Texas?

      • Pipercat

        Because Clifton is in Dallas….

      • Jim Bean

        Who’s on third, then?

      • Pipercat

        Certainly not Lou Costello…

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        And because Texas takes pride in executing anyone, including the mentally ill.

    • Proud progrewwivi

      Since Union have such restrictions on how dues can be used, such as requiring members sign papers to allow them to make political contributions, then every corporation should be required to have all their shareholders to sign the same permissions as union to use any of the shareholders portion of corporate income to be used for political campaigns

      • Jim Bean

        I’d support that. But I doubt you’d find many (or any) shareholders who would object to contributing to fight against the party determined to hijack their dividends.

      • Andy Kinnard

        Hijack their dividends? Hyperbole much?

      • Jim Bean

        Well what term would give to the desire of some to confiscate 90% of their earning when they themselves would revolt if it were demanded of them?

      • Andy Kinnard

        I’ve never seen any national Democratic figure call for a 90% tax on capital gains. Never in this century for sure.

        Now, should capital gains be taxed as regular income? Yes, I believe they should. But, even that, much more tame suggestion, is NOWHERE near your gross “90%” exaggeration.

      • Dan

        Paid Republican Troll

    • byby america

      wtf do unions and corporations being treated as people have to do with one another? there is no correlation between the 2. the problem is our supreme court is now just as corrupt and worthless as the rest of our government. Good thing they get their jobs for life…..this country has turned into trash, I dont see it ever getting better. In fact its just going to keep getting worse until the people revolt.

      • Jim Bean

        A union is an organized group of people. A corporation is an organized group of people. That’s what they have to do with each other. Either they are both ‘people’ or neither is. You can’t (credibly) have it both ways like the Left wants.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Unions are not people either, they are corporate entities.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Yeah, but unions brought you weekends, living wages, and the prosperity of the 1950s and 1960s. Corporations are dedicated to turning you into a wage slave, with the emphasis on SLAVE.

      • Stephen Barlow

        My Dad was a longshoreman’s Local Prez in the 60’s. I GET unions!!! ~grins~ I was a Teamster until I went independent after I made pension.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Good for him!

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Good for him!

  • PoppaDavid

    If corporations were really people, then they should be protected by the 13th Amendment from involuntary servitude.

    We are aware that corporations are born into slavery. The board of directors may sell the company, forcibly remove it from its home to remote locations, or even end its existence with impunity. When a corporation has offspring, the shareholders own that from “birth” and they may rip the subsidiary from the parent company and sell it without any remorse or concern for the parent company.

    Corporation exercise no element of free will. Their every move is dictated by slave masters in management. They are required by law to work for the sole benefit of their owners. If there is sufficient work, they may be required to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When they earn a profit, their owners may take all of it.

    They cannot petition for their freedom as they are denied free speech, by law their human masters speak in their name.

    Free corporations from slavery to their stockholders and Board of Directors.

    Shut down the corporate slave trade by shutting down Stock Exchanges.

    Release corporations from the management of their slave drivers.

    Free the Fortune 500!

    Either that, or admit that corporations don’t have Constitutionally protected rights.

  • PoppaDavid

    If corporations were really people, then they should be protected by the 13th Amendment from involuntary servitude.

    We are aware that corporations are born into slavery. The board of directors may sell the company, forcibly remove it from its home to remote locations, or even end its existence with impunity. When a corporation has offspring, the shareholders own that from “birth” and they may rip the subsidiary from the parent company and sell it without any remorse or concern for the parent company.

    Corporation exercise no element of free will. Their every move is dictated by slave masters in management. They are required by law to work for the sole benefit of their owners. If there is sufficient work, they may be required to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When they earn a profit, their owners may take all of it.

    They cannot petition for their freedom as they are denied free speech, by law their human masters speak in their name.

    Free corporations from slavery to their stockholders and Board of Directors.

    Shut down the corporate slave trade by shutting down Stock Exchanges.

    Release corporations from the management of their slave drivers.

    Free the Fortune 500!

    Either that, or admit that corporations don’t have Constitutionally protected rights.

    • Dan

      Bravo! Corporations do not have free will. Therefore they are either slaves or not-people. Or to put it more succinctly; do corporations have assholes? Well, they do, but they are usually at the top!

  • Gabriel Gentile

    The key difference between a corporation and a human being is that while a human being can be driven by profit, it is (commonly) tempered by such things as conscience, social awareness and empathy. With a corporation, the drive towards profit is the be-all, end-all of its existence.

    To grant rights to a corporation, you are granting rights to a sociopath with an army of employees, the power of capital and the advantage of an incorporeal body which cannot be detained, imprisoned or executed.

  • Mr Smith

    My question is… If a cooperation is a person then do the components of that cooperation namely the employees and shareholders have to agree 100% on which politicians get what money and how much money to further a specified agenda that all agree upon??? And, if they can’t agree who decides what??? Additionally if a cooperation is a person then why cant a cooperation vote in an election? Or is that next on the agenda?

    • Mr Smith

      LOL dang auto fill I meant Corporation 🙂

    • Ann Shannon

      corporations are run by their Board of Directors and their President / Chief Executive Officer. That is a handful of people with a narrow agenda to influence legislation that benefits their profit margin without regard to the public welfare, or any human future, and with mega corporations worth billions of dollars, unlimited funds to buy and sell our politicians to do their bidding rather than represent the public interest. Which they do. Time and time and time again. Our political system is literally no longer a democracy. Our senator and representatives spend 60% of their time fundraising rather than governing. Big corporations can — and do — go to great lengths and huge expense to make damn sure that our politicans do nothing to rock their corporate boat. They coax those in office with promises to hire them once they leave office, then they hire former senators and representatives to muscle others still in office. It is a corrupt system that is literally poisoning our future. It has already stolen our democracy. The only antidote is a constitutional amendment that will forever preclude the rights of person being given to any other than real human beings. Only then will we be able to begin moving back toward democracy.

  • Matthew Reece

    “Corporations are legal fictions created by the State to shield executives from liability… It’s like if I had a little hand-puppet, and I went to rob a bank, and the hand-puppet held the little gun and told people to hand over all the money, and then the hand-puppet grabbed the money and ran out, and then I got caught and I handed the hand-puppet over the police and then the police tried the hand-puppet, put the hand-puppet in jail, and I get to keep all the money.” ―Stefan Molyneux

  • FD Brian

    If corporations are people then they should have to pay taxes or not be afforded the right of protection of the United States Constitution.

  • Gabriel Gentile

    “You liberals just want to strip corporations of rights because you hate people making money!”

    On the contrary, we’re fine with people making money. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make money. Heck, _I_ want to make money.

    The difference is, while a PERSON may want to make money, they often have other goals, desires and motivations to go along with that. Maybe they want to create a work of art. Maybe they want to make friends. Maybe they want to fall in love, get married, raise a family… Who knows?

    For a CORPORATION, making money is the be-all, end-all. It has no other goals, desires or motivations. Furthermore, unlike people… Well, MOST people… A corporation does not possess a conscience with which to temper its efforts towards making money.

    Now do you understand?

    “…………. You liberals just hate it when people make money!”

    *SIGH*!

  • Linda Pacheco

    what they need to address is that 1.ill the ACA, HL’s insurance covered Plan B and Ella and IUD’s…. and the fact that none of them CAUSE abortions