June 2014

“Those in power must spend a lot of their time laughing at us.” ― Alice Walker.

America was created in an era of capricious and domineering central authority – be it church or state. The founders didn’t care for that – as is quite apparent in the Constitution and their correspondence.

Yet 225 years later the Supreme Court is backing the rights of corporations and religion over the rights of individuals. For most of our history, the first amendment entitled anyone to get on their soapbox and tell his fellow citizens what was on his mind and why the government sucked. It allowed people to go the their church, mosque or temple and worship their God as they saw fit

If this was a biblically driven concern they would fire the divorced, not buy from mandated abortion China, and not stock mixed fabric items.

If this was a truly biblically driven concern they would fire the divorced, not buy from mandated abortion China, and not stock mixed fabric items.

Today the Supreme Court has turned its back on the individual and kicked the ball back to prescriptive religion and corporate interests. Most of the focus is on the “Hobby Lobby” decision, giving primacy to the religious sensitivities of a few corporate owners over the 1,000s of individuals who work for it.

But less noticed was another decision – “Harris vs Quinn” – in which the Supreme Court ruled that anyone less than a fully-fledge public employee could not be compelled to pay union dues to support collective bargaining expenses. It doesn’t overturn a long-term Supreme Court principle that establishes the right of “closed shops” – but it hacks away at it.

This piles on decisions that have opened the flood gates to corporate political spending. Decisions that have given corporations free speech rights the founders had intended to be limited to actual people. Apologists for this extension of individual rights to corporations claim that corporations are people. Let’s listen to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail. “Corporations are people, my friend,” he said. Challenged on that, he replied, “Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?” I suppose by that logic, ATMs are people.

Politically, corporations have attracted the attention of hyperventilating, eyelash-fluttering, coquettes in Congress. With their new financial muscle (and they had a lot already) they are buying themselves a government. Financial regulation – Dodd Frank; environmental regulation- the EPA; and business regulation – the FDA, the USDA, OSHA, are getting hammered.

How dirty air and water, poisoned food and bankers with their hands shoved in the consumers’ pants pockets benefit the citizen is anyone’s guess. But the GOP is betting that at least half of voters will see it their way.

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