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Montana Supreme Court Justice James C. Nelson:

"While, as a member of this Court, I am bound to follow Citizens United, I do not have to agree with the [U.S.] Supreme Court’s decision. And, to be absolutely clear, I do not agree with it. For starters, the notion that corporations are disadvantaged in the political realm is unbelievable. Indeed, it has astounded most Americans. The truth is that corporations wield enormous power in Congress and in state legislatures. It is hard to tell where government ends and corporate America begins: the transition is seamless and overlapping. [ ... ]

"While I recognize that this doctrine is firmly entrenched in law, I find the concept entirely offensive. Corporations are artificial creatures of law. As such, they should enjoy only those powers—not constitutional rights, but legislatively-conferred powers—that are concomitant with their legitimate function, that being limited liability investment vehicles for business. Corporations are not persons. Human beings are persons, and it is an affront to the inviolable dignity of our species that courts have created a legal fiction which forces people—human beings—to share fundamental natural rights with soulless creations of government. Worse still, while corporations and human beings share many of the same rights under the law, they clearly are not bound equally to the same codes of good conduct, decency, and morality, and they are not held equally accountable for their sins. Indeed, it is truly ironic that the death penalty and hell are reserved only to natural persons."

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cwmackowski
Jan. 4th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Fabulous stuff!
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 4th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think he pretty much nailed it.
nodressrehersal
Jan. 4th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this makes my head hurt or spin, but "ouch..."
patrick_vecchio
Jan. 4th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
It's only a matter of time before a corporation-as-person runs for president.
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