Time To Reveal the Faceless Face of Big Business

Posted on September 12, 2008

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It’s really hard to believe sometimes how much corporations have taken over our government and our lives.  We’ve got to do all we can to restructure our government to insure our freedom now and in the future. We can get active and make the changes that need to happen. Connect and make your voice heard. Think for yourself.

I’ve put together some resources on this topic. Don’t be afraid to talk about this with your friends and spread the word. This is one of the steps we need to take to redirect our country.

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HERE’S A SONG ABOUT BIG BUSINESS

Click to Listen to the Faceless Face of Big Business

by Grace Gravity ©All Rights Reserved.
You can check out the lyrics, hear the whole song and buy it here

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President Lincoln once said, “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.”
From: http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0101-07.htm

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RECALL CORPORATE PERSONHOOD

Revoke Corporate Consitutional “rights”

THE RULING THAT GAVE CORPORATIONS THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS WAS IN ERROR

The Supreme Court ruling actually did not give corporations the rights of the individual, it was a fiction created by the courts reporter.
“the Supreme Court ruled no such thing in 1886. The ‘corporations are persons’ ruling was a fiction created by the court’s reporter. He simply wrote the words into the headnote of the decision. The words contradict what the court actually said. There is, in fact, in the US National Archives a note by the Supreme Court Chief Justice of the time explicitly informing the reporter that the court had not ruled on corporate personhood in the Santa Clara case.’  — Thom Hartmann, Dinosaur War, The Ecologist, December/January 2002 Issue

14th Amendment is being used in error to the benefit of corporations
The 14th amendment says:
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution is one of the post-Civil War Reconstruction Amendments, first intended to secure the rights of former slaves. It guarantees the due process and equal protection of each state’s laws. It was proposed on June 13, 1866, and was ratified on July 9, 1868.[1]

The amendment provides a broad definition of citizenship, overruling the Supreme Court’s decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford which had excluded slaves and their descendants from possessing Constitutional rights. The amendment requires states to provide equal protection under the law to all persons within their jurisdictions and was used in the mid-20th century to dismantle racial segregation in the United States, as in Brown v. Board of Education. Its Due Process Clause has been the basis of much important and controversial case law regarding privacy rights, abortion (see Roe v. Wade), and other issues.

What would change if Corporate Personhood was revoked
http://www.mcn.org/e/iii/afd/changes.htm

An amendment to Preclude Corporations From Claiming Bill of Rights Protections is presented here:
http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/political_reform/proposed_constitutional_amendments.html

BACKGROUND

From: http://www.globalissues.org/article/234/the-rise-of-corporations
-[A U.S.] Supreme Court ruling in 1886 … arguably set the stage for the full-scale development of the culture of capitalism, by handing to corporations the right to use their economic power in a way they never had before. Relying on the Fourteenth Amendment, added to the Constitution in 1868 to protect the rights of freed slaves, the Court ruled that a private corporation is a natural person under the U.S. Constitution, and consequently has the same rights and protection extended to persons by the Bill of Rights, including the right to free speech. Thus corporations were given the same “rights” to influence the government in their own interests as were extended to individual citizens, paving the way for corporations to use their wealth to dominate public thought and discourse. The debates in the United States in the 1990s over campaign finance reform, in which corporate bodies can “donate” millions of dollars to political candidates stem from this ruling although rarely if ever is that mentioned. Thus, corporations, as “persons,” were free to lobby legislatures, use the mass media, establish educational institutions such as many business schools founded by corporate leaders in the early twentieth century, found charitable organizations to convince the public of their lofty intent, and in general construct an image that they believed would be in their best interests. All of this in the interest of “free speech.” —Richard Robbins, Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, (Allyn and Bacon, 1999), p.100 (Bold Emphasis Added)

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SUMMARY PAGE OF RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES BEFORE AND AFTER THE 1886 RULING (scroll down)
http://www.globalissues.org/article/234/the-rise-of-corporations
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from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporation
A corporation is a separate legal entity, usually used to conduct business. Corporations exist as a product of corporate law, and their rules balance the interests of the shareholders that invest their capital and the employees who contribute their labor. People work together in corporations to produce. In modern times, corporations have become an increasingly dominant part of economic life. People rely on corporations for employment, for their goods and services, for the value of the pensions, for economic growth and social development.

The defining feature of a corporation is its legal independence from the people who create it. If a corporation fails, shareholders only stand to lose their investment, and employees will lose their jobs, but neither will be liable for debts that remain owing to the corporation’s creditors. This rule is called limited liability, and it is why corporations end with “Ltd.” (or some variant like “Inc.” and “plc”).

Despite not being persons, corporations are recognized by the law to have rights and responsibilities like actual people. Corporations can exercise human rights against real individuals and the state,[1] and they may be responsible for human rights violations.[2]

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