“Corporations are People, My Friend”

“Corporations are People, My Friend.” So spoke presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his campaign to attain the nation’s top office via the Presidential election of November, 2012. His comment was parcel to that collective effort designed to defeat and destroy, no matter the cost, the Progressive side of the American Politic.

“Like for example” (thanks for that quote to an old Okie friend and compatriot of nearly fifty years!): Neither I nor any other person (NOT corporate entity!) embedded in Romney’s enemy detachment which he labeled “the 47 percent” will EVER vote for an idiot  candidate for ANY office . . . nor for a Republican either, for that matter (assuming there just might be, on rare occasion, a difference). We ‘forty-seveners’ do, however, support concepts, projects, and ‘ideas’ which are forever antithetical to each and every Wingnuttistanian, especially including programs which embrace (but are not limited to) the following topics/genres:

Environmentalism
Organized Labor
Living Wages for All Workers
Social Security
Women’s  Rights
Civil Rights
Consumer Rights
Public Schools
Teachers
Public Colleges and Universities
Professors
Scientists
Students
Immigrants
Minorities
Good-government
Health Care and Nutrition for Everyone
Freedom of and FROM  Religion
Responsible Regulation of Gun Ownership

Some call us Democrats, some call us Progressives, even as those who detest us and all we stand for essentially refer to as ‘Socialist / Communist / Fascist / Marxist / Terrorist / Anti-American / Anti-God / Intrinsically-Evil-Bastards . . . ‘ — epithets courtesy of those (obviously) destined to forever remain greedy power-seeking nutcases of low intellect.

Ummm, OK: “Like for example”:

MoransProgressivism is, of course, nothing new; Franklin Delano Roosevelt essentially elaborated the Progressive agenda in a January 11, 1944 message to Congress in which he described his proposed “Economic Bill of Rights”:

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.

What happened? What went wrong? Why did we as a nation blow it bigtime and bad, and by so doing effectively destroy that oft-cited concept some still (naively) refer to as “The American Dream”? Just what is it about full equality of life some find so offensive that they leave no stone unturned in their collective effort to do all within their power to make sure that any programs designed to make the “dream” concept available are NOT available to the ‘underclass’?

In a ‘nut’shell (sotospeak): “Corporations are People, My Friend.”

Stated more succinctly, Power has, finally, been expressly (and legally) welded to Greed and, courtesy of the (appointed Conservative-majority) SCOTUS decision in the “Citizens United” case, is now completely free to officially subvert — by any means necessary or possible — what little might still remain of these United States in re the ‘vision’ of its founders. Corporate “personhoods” are now, finally, free to do whatever necessary to dismantle and disenable anything that might cost them money (or power), including but not limited to those notorious and evil  Progressive “diseases,” including:

Environmentalism
Organized Labor
Living Wages for All Workers
Social Security
Women’s  Rights
Civil Rights
Consumer Rights
Public Schools
Teachers
Public Colleges and Universities
Professors

Scientists
Students
Immigrants
Minorities
Good-government
Health Care and Nutrition for Everyone
Freedom of and FROM  Religion
Responsible Regulation of Gun Ownership

That is where we are. “We the people of the United States . . . ” — dismissed, disenabled, in favor of corporate “personhood.” Why? Because that’s where the MONEY is, where the POWER is! We the people? Lazy bums! Tools only! Corporate-funded conservatives have relentlessly attacked virtually all Progressive programs over the last number of years, with unprecedented assaults on health care, on women’s medical privacy, on undocumented immigrants, and of course on America’s poor, her disadvantaged, and her ethnic minorities . . . including massive funding cuts to social assistance programs, plus even a very subtle resuscitation of racist angst and attendant voter suppression.

Their effort to either overturn or destroy once-and-for-all each and every facet of Franklin Roosevelt’s  “Economic Bill of Rights” has been relentless, and will never cease. Brings to mind a similar effort, one that eventually became THE political hallmark of the 20th century. It began as an “attempt to overthrow the . . . government . . . and establish a right wing nationalistic one in its place.”  That happened nearly ninety years ago, in November 1923. It took place in Munich, Germany, and even though it failed, it — the so-called Beer Hall Putsch — eventually became a harbinger of what was to come.

It’s happening again, today, here in the United States of America. The massive effort by “conservatives” to either deny, overcome, or destroy each and every Progressive, pro-average-American, program continues nonstop. Why is that? Perhaps FDR did, indeed, sum it all up when he said, “People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”

Or, as stated in modern context, “Corporations are People, My Friend.” And these days, ne’er a moment seems to pass when the process isn’t available to watch in any number of venues, complete with contexts, events, even subterfuges, on full display. And all for the sake of nothing other than greed . . . and the quest for power — by men of very small . . . minds.

The bottom line is that FDR was spot-on correct when he noted that America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.   Yeah. Makes tons of sense, AND it explains precisely how it is that today’s political and corporate undercurrents are responsible for our current national demise, how the “free market” has scored yet one more time.

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