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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    He is thinking that and responded as such. He believes that the Constitution was not merely written for the people of the USA but rather that it was written to encompass all things not specifically excluded.
    Wrong, that's not the issue here at all. Don't speak for others.

    If you take the Constitution and the DoI together as one idea leading to the other; first declare your independence and once you have independence you then set forth the rules that govern your new found independence, the intent is clear.

    So take the text of the DoI and the Preamble to the Constitution and apply the intent. It is quite obvious that the "Framers" had no intention to include entities other than "People" and the 1st amendment acknowledges this by simply listing the 2 other things that are not people, and their protection. Religion and the free exercise thereof and freedom of the press. There is no, 'and any thing we didn't cover'.
    You don't have to do any of that. You just read this:

    Congress shall make no law...abridging freedom of speech.

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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    No, an inbalance between the two is what ships jobs overseas, and the corporations are a little more to blame when all is said and down, since all they care about is profit at the expense of people.
    Look...I know you BELIEVE that crap and all...but most corporate execs are PRETTY business savvy...and they understand that it would be FAR more desirable to keep affordable jobs in the country. Affordable jobs translate to more consumers. Are they interested in bottom line profit? Sure...but sustainable profit is a desirable result.

    But I'll even give you the 50/50 responsibility...given that...do you think the unions are going to step in...negotiate lowered benefits and workable salaries to encourage the companies to bring jobs back?

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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    He is thinking that and responded as such. He believes that the Constitution was not merely written for the people of the USA but rather that it was written to encompass all things not specifically excluded. Therefore you get the 'when your truck speaks let me know' answer when you press about non-people having protections guaranteed by the BoR.

    If you take the Constitution and the DoI together as one idea leading to the other; first declare your independence and once you have independence you then set forth the rules that govern your new found independence, the intent is clear.

    So take the text of the DoI and the Preamble to the Constitution and apply the intent. It is quite obvious that the "Framers" had no intention to include entities other than "People" and the 1st amendment acknowledges this by simply listing the 2 other things that are not people, and their protection. Religion and the free exercise thereof and freedom of the press. There is no, 'and any thing we didn't cover'.
    Nicely stated...
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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Look...I know you BELIEVE that crap and all...but most corporate execs are PRETTY business savvy...and they understand that it would be FAR more desirable to keep affordable jobs in the country. Affordable jobs translate to more consumers. Are they interested in bottom line profit? Sure...but sustainable profit is a desirable result.

    But I'll even give you the 50/50 responsibility...given that...do you think the unions are going to step in...negotiate lowered benefits and workable salaries to encourage the companies to bring jobs back?
    It isn't crap... it simply isn't black and white. I never said unions were good and corporations were bad, I said that there is an "Inbalance", which is actually how it is.

    I would like to think that if unions saw were this was all headed, outsourcing jobs and such, that they would have negotiated lower benefits and salaries in order to maintain a stable working environment, but who knows. It went the way it went with companies like Nike... *shrugs*
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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Nicely stated...
    Unfortunately, not a reflection of my views.

    How about we let people speak for themselves.

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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Most of us understand and agree with you. Though we do have some here that seem to think that a corporation can speak independently of the people that are actually speaking in that when the people speak, they are absolved of consequences since it was the corporation that "spoke" and the corporation may be sued or punished, but the individual who actually spoke is free and clear since they can hide behind "the corporation".
    Hello?

    So now you're saying that the First Amendment exercise of free speech must carry "consequences"?

    Corporations, being legal constructs, can't speak for themselves.

    What they do, is they are used to hire umm....let's call them "people", or to use a John-and-Ken-ism, "spokesholes" , who then utter noises and issue printed statements and direct advertising done, at the behest of ummm...."people", who are called "stockholders" and "corporate officers", to make the positions known, and these positions, the positions of the collective will of the owners of the corporation, are called the "positions of the corporation", because it's convenient to use that language instead of repeating what I just said everytime one wants to say what a corporation's position is on an issue.

    And, unless the speech is libelous or incites riot or other forms of direct harm to others or their property, there are no "consequences" under the First Amendment.

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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Unfortunately, not a reflection of my views.

    How about we let people speak for themselves.
    I do think that he is pretty close to what you have stated over and over through the whole deal. You clarified the bottom line, but not all the other stuff that he stated nicely
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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by Cassandra View Post
    Investors have no control beyond moving their investments which is to say they have no input in the speech of the corporation. None. They are passive at best. They do not come together in a group for the purposes of speech.
    That's right.

    No corporation ever listens to it's stockholders.

    Ever.


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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    But I'm not stating that non-people are entitled to free speech. That's why I have to keep saying that the 1st limits the government's power to restrict free speech. And now I have to say it again. The 1st limits the government's power to restrict free speech. That means it doesn't matter where the speech comes from - you can't restrict it. If toasters ever learn to talk, they'll have it too.

    The government cannot make a law that says "this speech is outlawed because it comes from ___" or "because it is paid for by _____" or whatever. It just can't do it. What more need be said?

    Right.

    The owners of dogs can be ordered to silence their animal if he's keeping the neighborhood awake at 3:00 AM.

    The group of dog owners incorporated as Loudly, Bitches in the Morning, Inc. have every First Amendment protection, as a collective group, as each individual member does.

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    Re: Corporate Personhood

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    It isn't crap... it simply isn't black and white. I never said unions were good and corporations were bad, I said that there is an "Inbalance", which is actually how it is.

    I would like to think that if unions saw were this was all headed, outsourcing jobs and such, that they would have negotiated lower benefits and salaries in order to maintain a stable working environment, but who knows. It went the way it went with companies like Nike... *shrugs*
    Unions used to be for the worker. Today they exist as their own version of corporations. They spend millions if not billions buying politicians. And to what gain?

    Look at some of the very telling evidence from the auto industry. Or the teachers unions. heck...even the culinary unions. I truly dont think they CARE. They are so used to being able to dictate wages and benefits via work stoppages that they dont think what is best long term.

    Ive seen the federal employee unions in action. They defend incompetence. Ive never seent he unions go after their own people or take a management side, regardless of how blatant the employee offense or violation. maybe others have examples of how unions have done the right thing by all parties...I dont.

    We exist as a service based economy. Thats NOT a way to build an economy...selling other peoples goods. We NEED an effective and vibrant industrial base.

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