If my elected official is a person …

The Supreme Court ruled last year in Citizens United v. FEC that money is the same as speech, giving further currency to corporate personhood.  Money is a big motivator and you can find some highly motivated politicians in both Parties.  So next time you have contact with your elected official don’t feel uneasy if you think you’re really talking to a corporation.  You probably are.  I cite some examples here.

 

If my elected official is a person, why does it feel like I’m dealing  with a Pharmaceutical corporation?  Why do I get the feeling that their reason for not allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices for millions of older Americans is merely a placebo suppository I’m expected to believe is really for my own good?

If my elected official is a person, why does it feel like I’m dealing with conEdison.  Why am I shocked when I read my elected official is opposed to the EPA monitoring toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants that can make me ill and kill me.

If my elected official is a person, why does it feel like I’m dealing with CIGNA Health Insurance Corp.?  Why do I feel that their explanations about “market-based solutions” to correct the high cost of health care is advise from Daffy Duck who’s on high levels of Demerol?

If my elected official is a person, why does it feel like I am dealing with Exxon-Mobil?  Why do I feel as I am being asked to bend over so they can apply some lubrication where the sun don’t shine?

If my elected official is a person, why does it feel like I’m dealing with Bank of America?  Why do I feel like every time I get a letter or an e-mail from congressman I’m being informed that my credit is still good but that now there will be a $50 surcharge if I don’t use their card more than once a week?

 

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14 responses to “If my elected official is a person …

  1. Well done – yes the answer is that corporations have so thoroughly infiltrated politics that we might as well put corporations up for nomination to political offices. Let’s stop the charade and put a name on the big business interest behind the candidate. Or, we can demand that that ridiculous decision by the SCOTUS be overturned.

    • This will be a long arduous effort. We will all need to be active in this in some form to encourage these people to stay the course. I am sincerely grateful that we have a generation that is willing to take this stand and I hope to do all I can to back them up.

  2. I agree…..the SCOTUS was set up to be the referee in the political process and now it has become a policy making arm and has outlived its intent….

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