Corporations Are People? End Citizens United Doesn’t Think So

There are some common sense things that our government just gets wrong. And it’s easy to see why large swaths of our population here in the United States does not trust the government. Take Citizens United, for example. This Supreme Court decision turned corporations into people in the eyes of the law. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a corporation walk the streets. But, most importantly, I’ve never seen a corporation die.

That is my threshold for personhood. You need to be able to physically die in order to receive constitutional rights. Oh, yeah, corporations get First Amendment protections because of Citizens United. Big businesses now have the same rights as you; a living, breathing American citizen. Now a big business is free to express speech using giant amounts of cash showered onto elections and politicians. It’s absurd.

You know how Mr. Rogers always said to look for the helpers whenever you see something bad happen? Well, in the wake of these ridiculous findings, I always look for the competent people to come out of the woodwork. It took them five years, but a group called End Citizens United is now on the scene. And they want to end Citizens United. It’s pretty simple.

But the plan is nothing but simple for this group of committed folks based out of Washington. They first plan to stop the bleeding by working on a grassroots level to change local campaign finance laws. Secondly, they endorse candidates at the local and federal levels that promise to dismantle the decision when they take office. Thirdly, they are acting like campaign finance police by watching greedy politicians and their campaigns. Last, but surely not least, they plan to take down the decision altogether whether it be through Congress or a constitutional amendment. I just hope End Citizens United heeds my advice. Craft the law to say that you need to be able to die to get rights.

End Citizens United is in Florida and Texas right now. They have already thrown a flag on Rick Scott and his campaign financing in Florida, and they’ve endorsed Beto O’Rourke for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in Texas.