Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mitt Romney, the Man Who Would be King

From a Maureen Dowd NY Times op-ed reporting on Mitt Romney at the Iowa straw poll:
At the fair, Romney — whose net worth is between $190 million and $250 million — once again went manly by flipping a pork chop on a grill and facing down hecklers worried about cuts in Social Security. When a man in the audience yelled that corporations should be taxed more, Romney replied, “Corporations are people, my friend.”

Give “The Stormin’ Mormon,” as Neil Cavuto approvingly called him on Fox News, credit: never has the traditional Republican doctrine been so succinctly explained.

Of the corporation, by the corporation, for the corporation. We the corporation. Corporations who need corporations are the luckiest corporations in the world. Power to the corporation!

Romney may not have realized that he was articulating the same fundamental concept of the American right that Justice Antonin Scalia propounded in the Citizens United case, when the Supreme Court opened the way to Super PACs and a flood of surreptitious new donations in politics.
Gee... ain't it a shame that while
  • the Constitution found room to identify "property" (slaves) as counting 3/5 of a vote even if they weren't persons, but

  • sadly the Constitution didn't bother to point out the eternal verity of the Republican party that each corporation is a person and therefore should have as many votes as it can buy in every American election

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