The brick and mortar philosophies that served as the fundamental basis for the Constitution and Bill of Rights are barely recognizable today.
Reasonable minds may differ on the interpretation of objective facts, but at this point there is no debating the conclusion that our government no
longer functions by the people, for the people.
Instead, it functions by the profit, for the profit.
In the Federalist No. 10, Madison focuses on the irreplaceable safeguard of centralized federal power inherent in a republic based on representative
Among the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed union, none deservers to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break
and control the violence of faction……By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole,
who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and
aggregate interests of the community……if a faction consists of less than a majority, relief is supplied by the republican principle, which enables
the majority to defeat its sinister views by regular vote. It may clog the administration, it may convulse the society; but it will be unable to
execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution.
Make no mistake about it: large public corporations are a faction as Madison describes it, united by the common interest of perpetual increases in
quarterly profits, which in many industries is adverse to even the most basic of our human rights.
Theoretically, our system is designed so that we may vote these factions out of office. But what Madison and the drafters of the Constitution
couldn’t possibly anticipate, of course, was a faction that wasn't a small movement or group of candidates, but rather something else entirely that
systematically infiltrated the federal system at every level. First, the “corporate finance oligarchy” (as Land Destroyer puts it so well) has
insidiously funded the research and preferential foreign policy conclusions of seemingly neutral organizations and think tanks like the Council on
Foreign Relations. Second, these same factions have established a greased revolving door between the regulators and their own offices, the worst
offenses of which occur between Wall St and the SEC. Third, they use their plunder to lobby members of Congress, get them elected and reelected, and
later push through industry deregulation, which just accelerates the human rights abuses. Obviously we can’t “vote” this corporate profit
faction out of office; it's unelected and owns the agenda of members of both parties, in multple parts of the beauracracy. Rather, we have to cut off
its source of power - being considered a constitutional "citizen" like you and I in America.
The answer seems simple enough in theory then – if corporations aren’t legally considered “persons”, they have no claim to the rights entitled
to citizens of the United States - and therefore the entire line of pro corporate Supreme Court decisions are immediately irrelevant. We could start
from scratch and formulate a corporate policy that better aligns capitalism and profitability with societal interests.
Despite their efforts to the contrary, these corporate profit factions cannot remove the seeds of federalism from the fabric of our democracy. To
succeed, a second constitutional convention would have start as a grassroots movement led by a coalition of individuals in every state. Using the
internet and a non-profit, I really think this could be organized (check out reclaimdemocracy.org). Again, we can’t vote them out of office, but
maybe people like Jesse Ventura, Ron Paul, and Dennis Kucinich could help get a movement like this started?
/ End Pipe Dream….
edit on 18-4-2011 by dontdrinkthewater because: (no reason given)