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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion
Fri Mar 23rd 2012, 12:05 PM
There is a savage beast in every man, when you hand a man a sword
or a spear and send him into war, the beast stirs.

The scent of blood is all it takes to wake him.

But what of the cheap battle before us?
The battles where no blood or entrails are spilt?

The feasts, the spoils, the merriment, laughter that abounds, the battle
is lost or won in that arena, not in the meadows, forests, the icy plains.
We cannot fight those battles, we have no weapons.
The highborn rule, it is their battle, their war, our lives.

Songs of bravery and valor of others is what we sing. Repeated chants not of our own.
Songs of banners and flags of a house we chose to align, as dogs on a short leash.
Obedient but not wise, we are. Singing songs not our own kind, but of them.
Oh, and we sing loud, brash and low believing the words, chastising the curious,
banishing the others. Slaves to the word.

The beast yearns to be free. Yet we understand not freedom or honor; the taste, the smell of the
copper of blood, knowing not what it means to spill it ... yet.

Yet our honor deserves that knowledge, that freedom.

Are we cowards? Are we the weak? Are we the craven among men of valor and courage?

Break free and speak you peasants.

This is not what of are we made.
We are created of rock, of the earth, of the indestructible foundation of life.

This is not what we deserve, fight for our rights, our destiny, our future.

This existence is theirs, not ours. Fight to change!
Break free now or remain in the dregs of their humanity.

Fight against the being that offends all of the ones that rule.

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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in Editorials & Other Articles
Fri Mar 25th 2011, 08:17 AM
Letter to the Michigan Republican legislators (all except one) who voted to grant Governor Snyder the authority to dismiss locally elected officials and place in charge of school districts and municipalities his personal political appointees:

by Cathy Sheets

"I can describe myself in many ways. I am a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt. I am a third generation immigrant. I am Catholic. I am educated and hold a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. I am an educator. I am a reading specialist. I am a citizen. I am a voter. I am a union member. I am a homemaker. I am a swimmer. I am a camper. I am a reader. I am informed. I am a Michigander. I am an Ann Arbor teacher.

As I contemplate the actions of Michigan’s new Republican governor and his Republican supporters in the state house and senate, I am astonished, I am appalled, I am disheartened, I am discouraged, I am furious. I feel unrepresented, under attack, disenfranchised.

When you place corporate interests above the legitimate needs and concerns of the people in your state, I will remember, and I have a voice.

When you choose policies that force thousands of children into poverty (Who, with any sense of morality, can do that?) in order to INCREASE corporate welfare, I will remember, and I have a voice. "

For the remainder of this letter, follow the link.
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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Nov 29th 2010, 04:37 PM
All it takes is a little thought, and a lot of disregard for the little things that Corporate America taught us.

This idea has been with me as a way of life for at least 2 decades.

In our haste as humans, we do the easy things in life.
We are unwilling to spend more time in places due to our hectic schedules.
We routinely do what the corporates want us to do, little things, but it save them money.

I suggest we stop the problem. Here it is, it may be too simple, but in numbers it all adds up.

Do not use self-scan at the stores, it costs someone their job.

Do not clean up after yourself at any fast food restaurant, leave you stuff on the table.
Someone will have to remove it. Enough people doing that more jobs.

Cart return? Forget it! Somebody needs to get them back to the spaces so more can shop.

Report dead animals on the roads. Then they have to clean them up.
Heck, report potholes, cracks, general bad road conditions. Someone has to fix it.

Add your own stuff to "forget" to do. Share with us.

This idea, believe it or not, started with a Republican friend of mine about 20-25 years ago.
I thought he was just a crazy. His demeanor was that "less important people" were our servants.
And that was good.

Let's stick it back to them and try, try to create jobs. It is really the least we can do.

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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Oct 13th 2010, 02:36 PM
I am a life-long Detroit Lions football fanatic. I am a life-long Democrat.

Crazy, blinded, hopeful to excess. Hopeful for a winning season.

The pre-season begins, we are full of hope that the Lions will have a winning season.
Finally, after all the losing, 0-16, 2-14, just in the recent past. Decades, of losing.
We are still fans. We still believe; This year, this year we will win. Talent has been brought in,
new faces, new hope, same results. We still are fans, we still believe.

We whine, we cry, we demand better. We are not satisfied with the current team. They do not move
fast enough, there is not improvement from the last team. We demand more. We still are fans, we still believe.

Crap, the quarterback is too fragile, he takes too many hits. he hasn't progressed enough.

But, we still are fans, we say we hate them, but we will be there, we still believe.

Can you see the similarities? Democrats.

We whine, we need more, we cannot see the improvement.

But we still are fans, we still believe.
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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 26th 2010, 03:14 PM
The weather broke in Michigan today, low humidity, average temperature, just a beautiful day.

Smiling, I went off to work. Been a little bit since I made some money, today was a good day!

I have a carpet and upholstery biz, doing ok but have seen better days. Love and community get me through.
My "base" is 95% repeat and referral, today I'm going to an old customer, been fixing their problems for at least
10 years, do their kids carpets and many referrals.

As always "Bob", (not his real name, altho I always ask "Is Bob spelled with one o or two?" {Sorry any Bobs' out there} ) has Fox News on the TV.
Bob for some reason has always thought that I am a Republican, maybe cuz I own my own business in Oakland County, Michigan, a Repub
stronghold (?), don't know, really don't care.

I say, " Bob, I just can't watch Fox News anymore."
Bob queries, " Hey, how come? Thought you loved those guys."

"Well", I said, "They are owned by a foreigner, Rupert Murdoch and his second largest donor is Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal"
(Thank You for the cheat sheet I carry)

"C"mon, I mean thats just wrong, that we get our news from some foreigner and a Muslim terrorist" , I added, secretly smiling all the time.

Bob, "Really?" I say, "Just google it, find out all the stuff".

Bob enjoined, " They have some great ideas."

Said I, "Of course. But do you want those ideas to come from some foreigner and from Muslims?

Little background at this point.

Bob is a deacon at one of the largest Catholic parishes in our area, very well respected, very much loved.
His wife is the music director. Very smart, very well respected, very well connected, people. Got that? Well connected.

Ok, long story even longer, I get to work, cleaning the carpets.
Tv was shut off, not a sound of any crap, except that which was going up my hoses. Cleaning humor, sorry!

I have a truck-mounted machine, needs a little attention every once in a while, pressure checks flow checks, etc.
All this means is that i have to go outside the home every so often to check stuff.

Bob was sitting in the garage, on the cell, talking to his friends.

He told his buddy the stuff he found on Google about Fox News, the ownership, the contributors.

He said, "I'm never going to put that shit on my TV again" I was astounded, it went on.

Bob continued, " I'm telling everyone to turn off Fox News."

I felt great, turning the tables a little, getting the word out.

You know, you never know when the opportunity comes, it may be small, it may be unannounced,

We will win, it takes you, don't give up. Talk, Encounter, Educate. Thats my TEE party.

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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jul 22nd 2010, 02:33 PM
Will I know the moment it happens, will I realize the day? Will I feel it happen?
Or will it just morph into another moment in everyday life, a little here, a little there,
and I find, upon reflection, I'm used to it?

When you suffer an injury, a cut for example, the wound heals but the site of the injury is never
really the same. A scar, maybe nerve damage, just a little, nothing big, A little less feeling, a little less
response, but at the same time able to get an injury again in that spot, with less knowledge.

Being a Democrat I have been damaged many times. Maybe now I just can't feel.

Can't feel the outrage I felt as a teen, being drafted for the Viet Nam war.
Fought from within the armed services, received many scars.
Can't feel the outrage I felt about the lack of Civil Rights, lived through the '68 Detroit riots, in the City.
Many wounds, many scars. Fought on in spite.
Can't feel the outrage of trying to start a union in a steel plant, many blows to the head, got up fought some more.
We won, but we staggered to the finish line only able to fall, exhausted, across it.

I've tried to be a good citizen, done what I thought was the right thing. Fought for change in America, fought for the beliefs
that I was taught to the correct beliefs. I followed one belief in particular, Do onto others, what you want done to you.
The golden rule. The base line of all humanity.

Others followed a different rule, Do onto others so you can profit. How do you fight this?
We can see the results of this policy all around us. It just does not work. How do you resist?

My "American Dream" is a nightmare. I cannot wake up. I scream. I cry. I want to fight, but I'm tangled in my bedsheets,
I cannot move.

I am 58 years old, put 3 kids through college, started my own business, have been married for 37 glorious years to my
fantasy woman, the only woman I'll ever love.

Now how will I support her in the years to come? I cannot afford to retire. Savings are shot. Government doesn't listen or care.

Never made enough in business to afford any health insurance, premiums just way, way too much. Healthy though, didn't worry before.
Older now, scars starting to hurt. Younger, I thought we would be taken care of by a caring nation, as others in the world are, oh no not here.
Way too much greed. Way too many lies.

Lies, greed, this is the American way.

It's all changing, will I be able to tell when it is complete? Will I feel differently, or just accept it as another day fighting windmills in the sun?

This is just a rant, just an outlet for my frustration, I expect no responses, I will give none. Thank you for letting me get at least this off my heart.
There is more, lots more, megatonnes more. This will suffice for now.


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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in Michigan
Tue Jul 13th 2010, 03:28 PM
Reader Supported News | Perspective

By Lorenzo A. Canizares, Reader Supported News
10 July 2010

Michigan has an unemployment rate of 14 percent, and has been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn. Verg Bernero, Mayor of Lansing, the state's capital, and a leading Democratic candidate for governor, proposes to relieve the state's economic ills by opening a state-owned bank. He says the bank could protect consumers by making low-interest loans to those most in need, including students and small businesses; it could also help community banks by buying mortgages off their books and working with them to fund development projects.

Bernero's proposal should be seriously considered given the political state of the nation right now, since Republicans and Wall Street have combined forces to impede any possibility of the Obama administration fixing the economic problem created by their recklessness. Their strategy is to dictate by stalemate, the Party of "NO" using the filibuster! Consequently, Bernero's words ring even louder: "Hundreds of jobs-creating projects are still on hold because Michigan businesses and entrepreneurs cannot get bank financing. We can break the credit crunch and beat Wall Street at their own game by keeping our money right here in Michigan and investing it to retool our economy and create jobs."

Ellen Brown, a litigation attorney from Los Angeles turned researcher who has done superb work letting the nation know about the state of North Dakota's thriving economy, says, "Bernero joins a growing A list of candidates proposing this sensible solution to their state's fiscal ills. Local economies have collapsed because of the Wall Street credit freeze. To reinvigorate local business, Main Street needs a heavy infusion of credit, and publicly-owned banks could fill that need."

Where are we now? We have a severely depressed economy - and that depressed economy is inflicting long-term damage. The national unemployment rate is 9.5 percent as of July 2, 2010, or 15 million people. The rate jumps up to 16.6 percent if we count part-time workers that need full-time jobs and those who stopped looking. Plus 6.8 million have been out of work longer than six months. Nobel Prize economist Paul Krugman says, "Every year that goes by with extremely high unemployment increases the chance that many of the long-term unemployed will never come back to the work force, and become a permanent underclass. Every year that there are five times as many people seeking work as there is job openings means that hundreds of thousands of Americans graduating from school are denied the chance to get started on their working lives."

Rest of the story at:

Virg for Gov. !!!!!!!!
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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jun 25th 2010, 01:48 PM
What more can be said?

This is us.

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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jun 14th 2010, 02:32 PM
This was a question posed on the Thom Hartmann show today.

I want to hear that regulation of all corporations is back on, they cannot regulate themselves.
That we are not going to drill for anymore oil or natural gas.
That America is going to be the leader in renewable energies. Solar, wind, geothermal, tidal.
That a "Manhattan type Project" will start on Wednesday, to put this country on the alternative energy track.
That in 10-15 years, despite the screaming and blustering of the auto industry, gasoline and diesel vehicles will be outlawed.
That electric vehicles will be the only allowed.
That within one month, production of solar panels, windmills and anything related to renewable energy will be started.
That the currently unemployed will receive first consideration for those jobs.
That now is the time for change in the way we live, do business, think.
An apology. An apology to all Americans. An apology to Democrats for seeming to forsake them.

Just think about this.

If we all had electric cars, we would need to recharge them. Putting recharge stations in at the local malls,
parking lots, would create an untold number of jobs. Reconfigure the parking meters in local communities to a recharge station.
Put in your 50 cents per hour and recharge away. Over the parking lots in malls, install solar panels to supply the power for recharging.
If installed correctly they could even act as a cover for our cars, as the gas stations have to protect you from pumping in the elements.

Put solar panels in the median strips of our national highways, they cut right through the heart of many communities,
delivery would be easier here than from a "farm" 10's or 100's of miles away.
Unused land, going to waste for beauty and a little safety.

Get to work capturing the power of the tides. Up and down, in and out, regular and predictable. Use that to generate power to turbines
that would manufacture electricity to be delivered along the costal areas, with probably enough excess to export inland.

These are just some ideas, rapidly entered here.

Do I think I'll hear any of these? Unfortunately probably just the apology, and not the one to the Dems.

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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu May 27th 2010, 04:39 PM
Sorry but I have been away for a few days. Today when I checked into DU I saw I had e-mails.
Some beautiful person just donated on my behalf. Excuse me but tears are coming to my eyes.
Thank you, thank you and again! This will be remembered and paid forward.

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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat May 22nd 2010, 01:25 PM
I'm just sick, mentally and getting physically, as I'm sure everyone here is.

What the fuck is going on in this country?

Oh dear me, I thought that electing a Democrat last election would "solve" some problems. Guess not!

Obama was not my first choice, or second, but I supported him. Gave my hard earned dollars to his fucking campaign, hoping for some semblance of leadership.

Realizing that the problems stemmed from a previous administration, gave patience. Allowed patience to my patience. Practiced Zen.

Meditated on the HRC koan.
Thinking something is better than nothing. Still will have no health insurance, maybe have to pay for it. Low wages good. ???

Hey so what? It "did fix" some things. Excuse me, I have to have a sip of my Kool-Aid. AHHHH!! That's better! Refreshing, to say the least, mind-numbing at best.

Silly, Silly, Silly me.

Mine eyes were blinded by the coming of the Change.

Please don't get into a rant here on "just what he has done", about the changes that have been put into place. Some are just rouge and lipstick. Policies that needed to change.
Policies that any good, logical administration would have instituted - after rule by the Neo-Cons. Need I say more? You are all intelligent people. They are policies that, you would have changed.

Come on Obama, give us daily, ok, maybe weekly updates on the Gulf, on the stupid, fucking, money sucking wars that you continue, on unemployment, on job creation, on anything.
Just not the radio address, that many don't or cannot listen to. Give us the full treatment, just as you did for your campaign, e-mails, videos, t.v. commercials, t.v. addresses.

Updates, transparency. Talk to us, just talk to us. Lead.

Let us know what your doing and thinking. Let us know what we can do. Implore to us, plead to us, educate us, enjoin us, just don't leave us alone.

I had to find out online, that I could go to collect hair to help suck up the oil in the Gulf.
I went to at least twenty salons and a few people that do hair in their "basement". All but two signed on and sent or are sending the collected hair to the Gulf.
Not a real big deal, a minute in each salon at most, spent less than 3 hours of my time. Got their email, sent information, simple.

Obama, why didn't you ask us to do that? More would have signed on. Foot soldiers for a cause. Lead us, please! Lead us. Lead.

Talk to us about the simple stuff that infiltrates the blogs, address the issues that bother us. Your people, the ones that elected you, The ones that also gave you money.

Tell us about the Teaparty people, bring them down.

Tell us about your outrage about BP and the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico. And on and on, (put your favorite cause here).

Get mad, sound mad, spank someone, let us know your pissed, defend us, join our side.

Where are you?

Lead us, please.

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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed May 05th 2010, 07:54 AM
Found this article at "The Oil Drum", .

Explains the Dome system.

This is for info only. I'm leaving my own opinions out. Well just one .... It collects 85% of the leaked oil ... What about the rest? That's a lot of 15% floating around.

Comments on Some Recent Oil Spill News Items, Including the Dome
Posted by Heading Out on May 4, 2010 - 11:25am
Topic: Environment/Sustainability
Tags: bp, oil spill
Today, I have just a few comments on recent oil spill news items.

The steel and concrete containment dome that is the first of the three systems that BP hope will be able to cap the leaking riser has been built and will be shipped out today. There are three points at which the riser is leaking oil. The main leak is some 600 ft from the well head apparently. Part of the concern as to how well it will work, even if it does get put in place by the end of the week, lies with the relatively soft seabed at the point where the cap will be placed.

Nate Hagens has a good description of what is intended, showing the plan for capping each leak:

More at this link, including pictures of the Dome and its workings

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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Mar 04th 2010, 04:31 PM
All the problems I've heard. All the posts I've read, here and elsewhere.

All the crazy thoughts, the knee-jerk reactions, to subjects near and dear to our hearts.
Please, look at what you say or write and think, again.
Think and re-think, then respond.

This country is in very dire straights. We respond by letting go of the thoughts that are off the top of our brains. Not by "thinking out" our responses.

Watch what happens, here, to this post. Yes, call it a dare. Dare to respond with thought.

We need to learn critical thinking, it is the one thing that will get us though this era of B.S., which we all embrace. We embrace the BS, the rhetoric, not the thought.
Without it we are empty shells.

Really, left, right, tea, coffee, dem, repub, black, white, brown, yellow, <get the idea?>, all we want is the same stuff. We are not all that far apart.
How to get there may be different, but WE really are not.

Safety, Security, a chance for our children to have a better life then we do, love, peace, harmony ... and on and on.

Learn, please educate yourselves, <me included> the art of "Critical Thinking".

Our discussions will be more informed.

A link. Check it out.

We can fix things, we can make a difference, we need to be smart. Read all the articles.

Respond by your posts or comments to others.

Thank you.
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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Jan 27th 2010, 12:43 PM
This may sound crazy, but sometimes it is best to fight a fire with fire, taking away the fuel from the original blaze, give Corporations full American Natural Human rights and responsibilities.

Equalize American Natural Human citizens and Corporations with the same age timelines, rights, responsibilities, give to them what we as natural humans already have in the United States of America.

It is important to note – I am suggesting that Corporations are exactly the same as Natural Citizens of the U.S.. These rights are for American born (United States) corporations only. Foreign corporations must obtain the proper visa and if not of legal age (18 yrs.), must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. They then will have the same responsibilities as a U.S. born corporation.

I have outlined at brief timeline of the “Corporate Life”. This , by no means, is complete or all encompassing of the corporations life. Laws and regulations will be regional.

Before the birth of a corporation, a gender must be assigned, male or female. The parents of the new baby corporation assign the gender. Additionally, after the conceptualization of the yet unborn corporation no hindrance of birth to the baby corporation may incur, it must be born. This aspect was added to appease the anti-abortionists. Sorry, but some concessions will have to be made.
The first 1 through 7 years of the new baby corporation are the “Developmental years”. At any time during these years the parent(s) may start the education process. Education is mandatory through the 16th year of the corporations life. The education may be obtained through either Public or Private schools. Although the corporation may decide to quit its education at the age of 16, it should be highly recommended to the corporation that it continue its education at very least to the age of 18 to really be taken seriously in any business environment.

Ages 8 – 16, the “Educational years”. Same as outlined above. In the 15th year, the corporation may start drivers training. In the 16th year it may get its drivers license upon completion and passing of the standard state test in which the corporation resides. They are not allowed to own an automobile, or for that matter any kind of conveyance but may, with permission, borrow their parents vehicle. This licensing would apply to all means of conveyance, planes, boats, trucks, etc.

Age 18 is a monumental year for the corporation, for the first time in its existence it will be allowed to enter into legally binding contracts. Finally, it can start paying its employees with profits from the contracts it can now make with other legally aged corporations. Age 18 also removes the legal ramifications of its behavior from the parents of the corporation. Legally it is on its own. The corporation must register its draft status with the government if that is the current law.

Age 21 is the next milestone year. The corporation will now be regarded as an adult corporation, with all rights and responsibilities that are given to adult Natural Born Citizens of the United States of America. The corporation can now throw an office party with alcoholic drinks. Mandatory jury duty would be a responsibility of the corporation at this age, proxies for jury duty are not acceptable, the corporation must be present.

Marriages between corporations can now take place. Only male/female unions will be recognized. Sorry, another concession. Of course, if they want to fight for the right for same gender unions, that is permitted. If same gender unions are recognized for corporations it will be recognized for all citizens. Buying and selling of corporations would be illegal, it would be slavery or trafficking of persons.

And, of course, the corporation would only live for the life expectancy of its gender, based on the actuary tables based for the United States, currently 75.6 for males and 80.8 for females.

I could go on and on but I think you get the idea and have come up with a few of your own. Equalizing may be a good thing, but it has to be ALL OR NOTHING. Equalizing corporations and natural born citizens would put us on the same level. Corporate power would be diminished with more of the rights of naturals. No more picking and choosing your rights, you have them all. But you also have the responsibilities we as naturals have.

If this is enacted, in my opinion, corporations would fight like hell NOT to have the change. The thought of not being able to enter into contracts until 18 yrs old would make a corporation useless, everything a corporation does is a contract.

Giving the corporations all rights and responsibilities we enjoy would tie up the courts for ages. All the money that they would have set aside for buying politicians would be used up in legal battles.
You can’t say that because you’re a “collection of people” therefore we are a person then get to pick the rights that benefit you most. If you are a person in the United States of America, then you must accept them all, we as naturals have that responsibility.

It would take just one instance for a corporation to say, “I can’t do that, I’m not a real person.”. We would then have the proverbial foot in the door to change back the SCOTUS decision.


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Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jan 23rd 2010, 11:32 AM
Article found at

I would love to post more than the four paragraphs we're allowed. /

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in the Constitution or Confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”
–John Adams, at the Constitutional Convention (1787)

Does this sound like a man who intended to give corporations, a legal fiction whose life exists only on paper, the right to free and unfettered speech?


Clearly, the Founders did not think much of these corporate entities and the corruption they produced in parliament. Still, it never occurred to the Founding Fathers to directly address corporations in America when they wrote the Constitution. While we can only speculate, it is not hard to understand why this would be the case. The Constitution speaks to control of government by the people…for the people…and of the people. Why would it even occur to the Founders that a corporation would ever be perceived as one of ‘the people’? History makes clear that they viewed these entities as forces that preyed on people (see The Boston Tea Party.) Indeed, but for a legal determination made in a perverse Supreme Court holding in 1886, who would rationally see a legal entity as a person? Is a trust a ‘person’? Does it eat, breathe, etc.?


Do any of those attributes and limitations apply to people? Neither the Constitution nor laws of any governmental entity ever limited our lifetimes to a set period of time, never required that we trade in only one business or commodity, never attempted to limit our ability to buy shares in a variety of companies and never limited how much property we can own, or for what purposes.

Clearly, the society created by The Constitution did not see people as the same as corporations or vice-versa.

But here’s the biggie. Back in the early days of the nation, most states had rules on the books making any political contribution by a corporation a criminal offence.


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