Saturday, July 18, 2009

I ran across this in a comment under the previous referenced article (The Great American Bubble Machine), and thought it important enough to post. So that we KNOW where and why this whole Unacountable Corporate America came from:

"...the blame can be put squarely on Chief Justice Morrison Remick Waite's head in the 1886 Supreme Court case of San Diego County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad.

This is the case where Chief Justice Waite gave corporations the rights of a person. You can look it up in Findlaw.com, but this is certainly one case where dicta became the law of the land.

Corporations would never have the clout without such a proclamation without oral argument. Hence corporations have the opportunity to act in their own interests regardless of whether people are hurt by those actions. And they have the right to throw the totality of their corporate might against a single person, thus guaranting that court cases would simply become too expensive for the average person to continue.

One supposes that the rising corporate paramilitary services are just a precursor to extended use, first under governmental decree, such as putting Blackwater personnel in New Orleans with shoot to kill authority, to eliminating the need to call out our now devastated and homeless (i.e. the Rumsfeld authorized closing of hundreds of bases) National Guard units in cases of disaster.

Oh well, it appears the regime change has been pulled on America, and we just don't want to realize it yet. I'd like to think that President Obama doesn't realize it yet, but maybe I'm one of the guys these people depend upon to support the now defunct American..."

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.