The corporate takeover
June 23, 2010
Government of, by and for: corporations? Not what Abraham Lincoln had to say.
At Gettysburg in 1863 President Lincoln gave a speech for the ages to dedicate a cemetery for the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. He said they died so that a “nation might live.” He said that people would not remember what was being said that day. He was right about some people. These men’s deaths were about a “government of the people, by the people, for the people, (that) shall not perish from the Earth.”
Unfortunately, a majority of the nation’s Supreme Court forgot these words. That majority, mostly members of a little known conservative organization of lawyers called the Federalist Society, said in Citizens United that we have instead a government of the corporation, by the corporation, for the corporation.
Did those soldiers die in vain? This is one time I agree with the Teabaggers: Let us take this country back.
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