End Corporate Personhood!

SUBHEAD: The Occupy movement agrees on a vital point - corporations are not people and don't have human rights. By Ted Becker on 30 September 2011 for The Last Lost Empire - (http://last-lost-empire.com/blog/?p=1318) Image above: "These are people - These are not!" poster. From original artticle. It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s begun… and it’s not merely coincidental to the numerous and growing “Occupy” movements against Wall Street and the global banks who are bankrupting America and much of the rest of the world. The goal of both grass roots movements is the same: defeat the corporate state that has emerged in America under the disguise of “representative democracy,” which in the early 21st Century is a government that represents only giant corporations and their interests.

So, without further ado, I introduce the readers and viewers of “The Last Lost Empire” to Move to Amend – whose motto, “End Corporate Rule: Legalize Democracy”, I applaud.

This website (http://movetoamend.org) has a lot of information as to how individuals can get involved in this movement and how to organize locally. It is a rich resource, badly needed, long in coming to fruition. It needs to network with the “Occupy” movement and vice versa. (The official Occupy Wall Street website is https://occupywallst.org/) Anyone who is familiar with the book that this website and blog represent realizes that I have been wondering for some time now why America has tolerated having corporations treated as human beings and being given the sacred rights bestowed upon Black Americans by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yes, that’s what Amendments 13, 14, 15 are all about and why they are, together, called The Civil War Amendments.

So, when The Preamble to the United States Constitution starts off with “We, the people of the United States of America”—do you think the Founders meant global corporations? Of course not. And when the 14th amendment said that no state shall deny “any person the equal protection of the law”—do you think they meant a corporation—WHICH IS CREATED AND LIMITED BY THE LAWS OF ANY STATE. How can something created by a state legislature be a person? Only God and combining a human egg with human sperm creates people. Who could ever come up with such a crazy idea?

The answer is easy. Only the Supreme Court of the United States could come up with such a crazy idea.

As I have described in detail in the book—and anyone who wants to know knows—The U.S. Supreme Court—the ultimate bastion of oligarchy and plutocracy under the American form of government—made several major decisions leading to this malfunction of democracy in America. The latest is the infamous Citizens United case where they gave corporations the power, as people, to completely control all federal elections by swamping the electoral system with corporate money.

Below is a great YouTube…very short…that despite its seemingly over-the-top approach to the subject—is actually exactly right. Corporations, as I’ve said many times, are The Frankenstein Monster of American Politics…and they are out to strangle the very states that created them and the country of their birth.

Move to Amend

From email distributed 25 October 2011 for Move to Amend - (info@MovetoAmend.org)

n January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.

The national campaign to Abolish Corporate Personhood and Defend Democracy. Sign the Petition: http://MoveToAmend.org/motion-to-amend

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:

  • Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
  • Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our vote and participation count.
  • Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.
Following a weekend of global action in support of the 99%, and much to the chagrin of the global banking industry headquartered on Wall Street, last Monday marked the one-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. While pols and pundits complain that the occupiers have no coherent message, the handmade signs protesters carry tell a different story:
  • Corporations are not people
  • I can’t afford a lobbyist. We are the 99%
  • Stand up against corporate greed
  • People over profits
  • Kill corporations, not people
  • Corporations are not people until Texas executes one
In response to a flood of requests for materials to distribute at local Occupy events, we are printing up signs that you and your friends can carry and distribute at an occupation, rally, or protest near you. Will you help us raise $3000 to print and distribute these signs? These occupations and protests provide us with an opportunity to reach thousands of non-partisan Americans and to learn exactly what they can do to end corporate personhood. Each union-printed, paperboard sign measures 12” x 18” and clearly states the solution—END CORPORATE PERSONHOOD! Click here to support Move to Amend and help us spread these signs far and wide. CONTACT: Move to Amend P.O. Box 260217 Madison, WI 53726-0217 website: www.movetoamend.org email: info@MovetoAmend.org .

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