Thursday, September 30, 2010

Court: people can be sued, corporations can't

Congress really dropped the ball when it wouldn't repeal the Citizens United ruling. Now look what that hath brung...

The key argument by the Citizens United school of "thought" is that corporations are people. Thus, they get rights that are supposed to be accorded only to people. It's a bogus argument, but that's their bullshit and they're stickin' to it.

Now the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to grant corporations not just the same rights as people but MORE rights than people. This month, the court ruled that the longstanding Alien Tort Statute can no longer be used to sue corporations for human rights violations abroad. The court said individuals can be sued, but corporations can't.

Is that bleevoff or what?

So - according to the Federalist Society whack-a-doos on the court - corporations are considered people as long as it gives them rights, but not when it gives them responsibilities.

This ruling should not only be reversed but disobeyed in the meantime. Congress, the President, and the states should not follow this ruling. If it comes down to it, the states should pass their own versions of the law that the court gutted. And if the court tries enforcing its ruling, it can't very well claim we're the ones who started its little war of aggression.

Congress also needs to impeach the judges who are behind the ruling that grants special rights to corporations that engage in human rights violations.

America is a nation of laws, and this ruling puts corporations literally above the law. What it really means is that all one needs to do to partake in illegal atrocities such as the slave trade is incorporate, thus being shielded from lawsuits. Is that what a democratic republic is about?

If the Democratic Party had the guts to say what I'm saying, I don't think it would have much trouble keeping both houses of Congress this November. I've been through playing nice for a while now.


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