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Dear Mr. Justice Kennedy,

Only in Wingnuttia does bribery = speech!  Only in Wingnuttia is a corporation a person or a class of persons, capable of speaking.  A corporation cannot speak, it cannot eat, or sleep, or breath, or think, or rejoice, or love, or suffer, or die, or do anything else a person can do.  A corporation is a type of business organization, written on a piece of paper, filed in a state's (typically Delaware), Secretary of State's office, that cannot exist unless the state has a statute that allows for the creation of a corporation as a business organization in that state.

Not bribery you protest!  I say bribery and worse.  Let's see if we can imagine how this will play out in the reality based world: "Hey Senator, I can't stuff money directly in your pocket in exchange for passing laws that I want, so I'll just pay for your multi-million dollar media campaign.  Whatever you want, we'll do it for you, and we'll pay for it.  And, BTW, we own the main stream media too, so we can say whatever we want about anyone we want, and there's no one who can stop us.  See also New York Times v. Sullivan.  And, BTW, that includes you, Senator, if you get out of line and don't do exactly what we want.  Are we clear about that?  Senator?"  Between black box electronic voting and corporate ownership of political speech, democracy in America is now, officially, a sham!  

A few years ago, a very learned friend suggested to me that the 1st Amendment's "free exercise" and "anti-establishment" clauses were more about preventing corruption of the government by the church, as was the case in England and Europe at the time, than it was about religious freedom.  Then, the biggest corrupting influence with the most money and power was the church.  Today, it's giant, multinational corporations.  So, what say we start by adding an amendment to the Constitution mandating a Jeffersonian "Wall of Separation" between commerce and state!  As Jefferson observed, "The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country and feels no passion or principle but that of gain."  

In addition, how about a clause in the new Amendment that makes the giving of anything of value, directly or indirectly, to any government official, elected or un-elected, in every branch, at every level, the felony of bribery, punishable by mandatory prison of no less than 5 years.  Enough is enough!  Shouldn't government service be a privilege and a position of public trust, a fiduciary relationship with the public?  Isn't the integrity of democracy important enough to warrant such restriction and punishment?

Originally posted to Lefty2 on Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 02:25 PM PST.


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  •  The power of propaganda (0+ / 0-)

    is real and dangerous. It is conceivable that corporate interests could drag us into war. Imagine that. Are there any examples from recent history?

    We shall overcome, someday. Yes we can.

    by Sam Wise Gingy on Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 02:32:18 PM PST

    •  This is so cool! (1+ / 0-)
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      Sam Wise Gingy

      My first diary entry and already a few posts. (Clap, clap, clap).

      Not exactly on the point of your (ironic) question, but, as I understand it, a CIA "spook" is a CIA assassin.  A spook's job is to kill lower ranking officials (or a prince or other political subordinate) of, say, an oil producing country who refuses to "do business" with  U.S. oil companies, as a message to the King or El Presidente as the case may be, that he is next if cooperation is not forthcoming.  All in the name of national security and protecting our freedom, of course.  

  •  They will never, ever, call it bribery, (0+ / 0-)

    just as very few will call a lie a lie.  I've heard enough euphemisms for "lie" to last a lifetime: misspoke, misremembered, I-do-not-recall, etc.  It's beginning to rival "dead" in the "let's not call it what it is" department.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 03:39:07 PM PST

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