"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
- Warren Buffett
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
If you want to get lawyerly, the First Amendment does not speak, as other Amendments do, of rights "of the People." The first Amendment is a blanket prohibition against abridging the rights listed.
Now, consistent with a philosophy, as I have, that the Bill of Rights should be read as expansively as possible in what the Amendments protect, the argument that corporations aren't "people" doesn't mean their speech and association may be abridged.
Besides, no one has yet answered the question -- the New York Times is a corporation. Do you suggest that it is not covered by the First Amendment?
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
Much of this has opened us up to interference by foriegn countries. Basically, any company can set up a "headquarters" in America and once they do, they can contribute all they want. Any company from any country can do it. So great. Furthermore, the People are still restricted while the corporations have become unrestricted for all practical purposes. I think that's a fundamental problem. Corporations are not people, only individuals have rights. I think this fell well into proper realm of Congress to control, at least maybe this part of it.
In the end, all we did was open up our doors and boarders of our political process to any corporation with large sums of money. Ask yourself this question, if there is a bill now which is overall great for the country and the People at large and well within the proper power of the government, but devastating to Goldman Sachs would it pass? If your answer is no, then you must admit that the system is breaking down. The Republic is at risk. The founders passed down this Republic to us and it's ours to keep or ours to loose....we are definitely on the path to loosing it.
Last edited by Ikari; 01-22-10 at 01:26 PM.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville