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Real Citizens Must Act Now

Land of the free and home of the brave. When did it become America’s job to make multi national corporations safe and profitable?

The general welfare, another patriotic catch all, is about citizens. Twist it however you want, the Citizens United decision strengthened corporate personhood, but did not make them citizens. Technically, it made them super citizens, allowing for rights of speech and politics far beyond that of mortal man, or should I say,  mortal citizen.

Making prosperity exclusive, then linking citizen rights to prosperity, is very clever. But by now most of us have seen through this magical illusion and must admit that corporations do not represent us, they represent cash.

American ingenuity, the American worker, the American culture (including the right to vote), in general, the American dream, define us and are ideals for real citizens to nurture and defend in this republic’s democracy.

Until recently, prosperity has been a byproduct of these things, not their creator.

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Those we elect to office will not remember this until we put a stop to the corrupt system of influence that comes hand in hand with super citizen campaign contributions and it’s companion, second hand speech (dark money).

#FreeTheElected with publicly funded campaigns. America still has a chance.

Send the Supreme Court a Post Card Before the January 21st Citizens United 3rd Anniversary.

I am still shell shocked after the media mud throwing fest we called an election, funded in large part by mischief money.

Join me: send a postcard to the Supreme Court and let them know that it is time to reconsider the source of the $6Billion assault on civil discourse: the Citizens United Decision. Send one to the Chief Justice or one to each of the nine. You can buy the blank postcard at the post office for the cost of the postage only! (The Court cannot be reached by email.)

It’s easy – here’s all you do!

[Address Side]

Justice (or Chief Justice) (Justice’s Full Name)
Supreme Court of the United States
One First Street N.E.
Washington, DC 20543

[Message Side]

Dear Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr:

I believe the $6B election we all just endured is proof enough that the Citizens United Decision was a mistake. Only the Supreme Court can make this right. Please reverse this ruling.

Respectfully,
(Your Name)

PS: I’m going to draw a black border around mine! The names (and bios) of the Members of the Court for your postcard address http://usgovinfo.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.supremecourtus.gov/

SCOTUS on notice

If advertising and marketing didn’t make a difference in sales, American business wouldn’t spend hundreds of billions of dollars on it every year.

By making money “speech”, by extending business (even global business) personhood to virtual citizenship and right to free speech, then going one further and giving these “special” business/persons/citizens unlimited money/speech rights (when “ordinary” citizens are limited in their money/speech rights), the Supreme Court has shown its colors.

Either the SCOTUS does not know the power of advertising and marketing in determining an outcome, or it has intentionally decided to unleash that power in the political arena in way that insures the scales tip to business.

Ignorant or biased? It does not matter to me.

Scott Walker and Corporate Citizenship

“Dark Money” is the Seal Team 6 of the Citizens United Decision, the new wild card in our American Political Theatre.

It is bad enough that the party that claims to champion State’s rights has garnered 57% out-of-state funds to save their Wisconsin governor facing popular recall. But then, enter the corporate money hiding behind the skirts of PACs and SUPER PACs, and the interests of foreign investors now enter the political dialog as to who should govern in this democratic republic of ours.

I agree we should revisit the long road we traveled to this level of corporate personhood, however,  I do not buy the notion that personhood guarantees citizenship despite the clever name of the infamous case. Too many investor birth certificates (or should I say, passports) may make for global corporate persons: citizens of the world perhaps, but not America, let alone Wisconsin.

I think we can all agree that non-citizens should stay out of our politics, right, Florida? Arizona? North Carolina? ETC.