Friday, December 9, 2011

Randi Rhodes: Corporations Are Not People

It's Friday, ya bastids!

Bernie Sanders has proposed an amendment to the Constitution to deny to corporations the right to spend unlimited money on political campaigns under the guise of free speech. The amendment is being called the “Saving American Democracy” Amendment. That abbreviates to the SAD Amendment, which kind of works out—it’s sad that such a thing is necessary. Basically, we have to amend the Constitution to say what the Constitution already really says.

Corporations are not real live flesh-and-blood people, my friends—no matter what Mitt Romney says. I have some doubts as to whether Mitt is really a real live flesh-and-blood person. One of the things the amendment specifies is that corporations can be regulated. It just didn’t occur to the Founding Fathers to put a section in the Constitution that says “By the way, corporations can’t do whatever they damn well please.” Lack of foresight, I guess.

Salon has a good article about the Republican voters’ enthusiasm problem. Hey, given the quality of the candidates they have to choose from, it would be a much bigger problem if voters actually had enthusiasm for them.

Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry have declined the invitation to partake in Donald Trump’s debate. Well, I guess it’s just going to be Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Congratulations, Newt. You have a debate on December 27th, on the Ion network, with Rick Santorum. That’s the obscurity trifecta—obscure date, obscure network, obscure debate partner. Oh, and it’s being moderated by Donald Trump, just to add a little absurdity to all the obscurity.

AlterNet has a nice list of the 10 craziest things Newt Gingrich ever said. Keep in mind, narrowing down the 10 craziest things Newt Gingrich ever said is like making a list of just 10 of the greatest record albums ever made. Everyone is going to have some personal favorites that don’t make the list.

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