Mitt Romney Corporations are People
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney (R), “Corporations are people, my friend. Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?”
It goes to other corporations, trusts, foundations and political action committees, as tax shelters, which are controlled and owned by very few people.
In 1884, after the Civil War, the former ‘property’ of slaves were given Constitutional protection and federally recognized ‘personhood’ and citizenship.
Rockefeller, Carnegie and the corporate money trusts freed their corporation ‘property’ as well.
Corporations were endowed with the rights of individuals by the federal courts in 1886 and have had federal government protection of their ‘personhood’ since then.
This was done on the coattails of the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution. It destroyed state’s authority to establish and dissolve the state granted corporate charters operating within individual state.
The loss of State corporate charter control led to Standard Oil Ohio, Standard Oil Illinois, Standard Oil California and Standard Oil New York, etc. all just becoming Standard Oil.
Reporter Scott Keyes of Think Progress asked Ron Paul what he thought of Mitt’s remark:
“Obviously they’re not. People are individuals, they’re not groups and they’re not companies. Individuals have rights, they’re not collective. You can’t duck that. So individuals should be responsible for corporations, but they shouldn’t be a new creature, so to speak. Rights and obligations should be always back to the individual.” said Paul.
Corporations operating in the public domain before 1886 had to renew their charters every 5-10 years and could be revoked at anytime if there were abuses or lack of service to the citizenry or private domain.
State Corporate Charters had to operate under 5%-10% margins of profit, provide equitable or even free services and other corporate charter law specific to each state; for the privilege of using the public domain.
National or ‘Personhood’ corporate charters only have to make a profit for their shareholders.
The states now have no recourse to these Corp-ersons under federal protection. The States have lost the oversight, under which access to public’s property used to operate.
This has allowed corporate abuse of the public domain, toxic poisoning, immeasurable fraud, the destruction of private business and of the local community trusts.
Cloverleaf bought the Red Car so that they could dismantle it. – Judge Doom (Corperson from ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’)
We must fight to overturn the court ruling giving corporations the rights of individual citizens, the rights of real living, breathing human beings.
We must return charter authority back to the States and return the stewardship of their public domain to the local citizenry.