Listen up, Supreme Court — corporations are not people!
I am so concerned about the law the Supreme Court passed identifying a corporation as a person. Therefore, no one can stop a candidate running for office from spending as much as they want to. This is taking democracy right out of our country! The big corporation can hire lobbyists, they can force the candidates they heavily support to vote for their interests. Where does that leave the people at the grass roots? We have numbers, but are we organized? Forget about parties! Don’t let those labels blind you! Who do you trust?
It’s scary! Thank God for the League of Women Voters! I trust them. On Thursday evening at 6 p.m. they are hosting a dinner at the Shorewood Country Club. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a very special speaker, Sally Robinson, who is the New York state president of the League of Women voters. She will be talking about the Supreme Court ruling that has me very upset! Her speech is open to the public, so even if you can’t make the dinner, be sure to be there for the program.
I have some questions I want to ask the speaker. If a corporation is a person, then what gender is it? If two corporations merge, are they gay? If one corporation buys another, is that slavery? If two corporations merge, is that a same-sex marriage? If one corporation creates a spin-off corporation, is the spin-off a child of the first corporation? If that spin-off then merged with the first corporation, is that incest? If I own part of a corporation through shares, am I a slave holder? If I terminate an incorporated business, am I a murderer? Can a person marry a corporation? If not, why not? Isn’t that discrimination? If a corporation is less than 18 years old, can it be involved in the purchase of tobacco or alcohol? Can it be forced to go to public school? If a corporation is found guilty in a situation resulting in the death of a human being, can that corporation be executed? Last but not least, can a person (a corporation) be nominated to be a Supreme Court judge?
You’re probably asking yourself, “Where is she going with all this? Is she crazy?” No, I’m not, but I’m showing you how crazy the Supreme Court was to pass this law! It must be repealed! Where is the America I used to know, love and respect? What can we do to get it back?
Now, I have a confession to make. I didn’t make up all those questions. I’m not that creative. My son Dan thought up all those questions and more. Could we send copies of this column to all our representatives and even the Supreme Court? We’ve got to get their attention! Do I have yours?
On Thursday, May 9, the group I’m working with is meeting at 6 p.m. at Fredonia Village Hall. Please join us.
Margaret Valone is a Fredonia resident. Send comments on this column to firstname.lastname@example.org