Corporations and Personhood

So the Supreme Court said that corporations were “people. It equated corporate identity with that of individual identify. In effect it granted corporations personhood.

One would have to assume that once the ruling was made, all corporations were immediately “naturalized” as citizens so they could enjoy the rights and PROTECTIONS granted by the US Constitution to individuals.

If indeed a corporation is a person as argued by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Common (N0. 08-205) should they not also be constrained by the same campaign finance laws that affect individual ‘human” persons and the legal limits on how much they can contribute to campaigns. Shouldn’t a corporation now have to comply with the following Individual contribution limits imposed on individuals contributing to candidates for all Federal offices?

  • $2,400 per Election to a Federal candidate — Each primary, runoff, and general election counts as a separate election.
  • $30,400 per calendar year to a national party committee — applies separately to a party’s national committee, and House and Senate campaign committee.
  • $10,000 per calendar year to state, district & local party committees
  • $5,000 per calendar year to state, district & local party committee

Aggregate Total — $115,500 per two-year election cycle as follows:

  • $45,600 per two-year cycle to candidates
  • $69,000 per two-year cycle to all national party committees and PAC

So did the Supreme Court actually tie the hands of corporations and drastically reduce and limit campaign contribution amounts by granting them personhood and individual identity?

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What are the benefits of electing an African-American to the Presidency?

The noise over the behavior of Senator Joe Wilson puzzles me. It should not come as a surprise to any citizen of this country that he would behave in the manner in which he did, as a matter of fact, judging from how we’ve degraded over the last several decades, I think we got off easy with him simply shouting “you lie” at the President of the United States. It’s ironic that the person who campaigned and ended up winning on HOPE may end up being the HOPE and answer to the moral, spiritual, social, financial, intellectual, you name it decline that has been gripping our country for so many decades. The HOPE is in the fact that the election of Barack Obama, an African-American, may have stopped us from heading over the cliff at breakneck speed.

So let’s find a silver lining in the dark clouds that have arisen from the outrageous acts of disrespect, contempt, and irreverence perpetrated by some of our citizenry such as:

  • The De-legitimization of Barack Obama’s Presidency.
  • The campaign to disallow students from listening to the President greet and welcome them back for the new school year and encourage them to be all that they can be.
  • Lashing out at him with hateful labels such as Domestic Terrorist, Nazi, Socialist, and Undocumented Alien.
  • The display of a total lack of respect for an African-American as the leader of the greatest country in the world.

The ushering in of a new and different administration over the last 7 months has also brought about an array of emotions that seem to be tearing at the very soul of this society; From joy to anger; depression to elation; anxiety to hope; skepticism to faith; cynicism to encouragement; and irrational fears. I recently had a friend suggest that I go out and make friends with an African-American in order to deal with these emotions and what is happening in our society. His simple premise was that African-Americans have had to deal with the schizophrenia and abuse of the American Political system for hundreds of years and as a result have developed significant and effective defense mechanisms to the ebbs and flows of the craziness that is our nation’s politics. Well I did and I now have a place to find solace when I see the troubling scenes played out before me and I have experienced many teachable moments so much so that I now refer to my friend as the Oracle.

After interfacing with the Oracle I’m finally beginning to understand Barack Obama. The Oracle introduced me to two exceptional skills possessed by African-Americans; unprecedented patience and extraordinary restraint. Both of these were so demonstrative during the President’s speech on healthcare insurance reform to the joint session of congress this past week.

The President after many months of being publicly disrespected, ridiculed, and disparaged by the morally bankrupt among us still insists on being the statesman and leader which the office he holds demands. He has shown unyielding respect and reverence for our sacred institution of governance while promoting the public good. He displayed this extraordinary and remarkable restraint in the face of Congressman Joe Wilson who was driven to irreverence in the hallowed halls of congress.

I asked the Oracle what was behind this patience and restraint and how could Barack Obama not yield to the temptation to go into the depths of hell where those who oppose him live or visit on a daily basis? He told me to look at the history of our nation. Their hell is gloom, despair, desperation, despondency, discouragement, and hopelessness. This is a place Barack Obama refuses to go. It is in his genes a lesson learned many years ago. As the Civil Rights workers endured torturous behavior they held firm in their commitments and eventually won their battles. No amount of humiliation, water hoses, debasement, lynching, and degradation would sway them from their cause of making America a more perfect union. Barack Obama learned valuable life lessons from the African-American community and the results of those lessons are now on display. We will be a better nation and society as a result if we choose to learn from them.

Barack Obama understands that the office of the president is much larger than Barack Obama and that he must respect this office at all costs because this was the office that led the cause for freedom of millions from the evil and peculiar institution of slavery. Barack Obama will never desecrate the office of the President of the United States. That is a fact that all American Citizens will never have to doubt. We are lucky that Barack Obama came around. Barack Obama is not the savior, he is not the chosen one, he is not God, and he is not the Messiah. What Barack Obama is however is principled, a character trait that has been missing from our leaders and us in the past several decades.

What this country and the world got with the election of Barack Obama was a dramatic change in the integrity bar which was raised significantly higher simply because he is African-American. It is a fact that a presidency held by a woman or a minority is held to far stricter standards than a presidency of Bill Clinton, George Bush, or Ronald Regan. No waivers or slipups allowed for an Obama presidency! If President Obama even thought about doing something wrong he would be impeached on the spot. We know this. Barack Obama knows this and just like the soldiers who will perform the ultimate sacrifice and give their lives today in far-away lands Barack Obama has made the ultimate sacrifice to honor and respect the office he holds and to ensure that no personal propensities will ever come before our institution of governance. So we benefit by getting a principled administration.

An example of how these higher standards are beginning to take hold can be found in the exchange between President Obama and Congressman Wilson. The President was pointing out known falsehoods that had taken root over the last several months in the discussion of health insurance reform. He labeled such falsehoods as lies which are precisely what they are. We have been reluctant in recent years to be willing to call a lie a lie but let us not forget that recent history shows us that if we don’t we could end up in a military campaign that we all live to regret.

Another benefit to our society is that an administration led by a woman or an African-American would require players with impeccable behavior and skills. This is because it would be under constant surveillance for the smallest of flaws. This is borne out in the recent resignations in the administration of some who may have had less than impeccable manners in the past.

The Oracle shared his thoughts about the political landscape and the players involved. He told me that our political system had become a blood sport where the players are not working for the common good and the basic welfare of the people but instead it had become a battleground for satisfying our individual failings through sometimes silly political wins at the expense of our nation.

He saw Republicans as NOPERS, Conservatives as HATERS, Democrats as Strugglers for “Yes We Can”, and Progressives as the OG New Age THINKERS. The NOPERS are those with no solutions so they just say NO to everything. The HATERS are the ones who “hate anything that wasn’t invented here”. The Yes We Cans are risk adverse which makes them appear perpetually hesitant. The New Agers want to put THINKING and science back into everything and feel that anything can be accomplished, now.

I asked the Oracle what stood out most for him in the President’s speech to the Congress, expecting to hear him vent about Congressman Wilson. Instead he told me that he was surprised how the President had a hard time calling out the NOPER/HATERS on what would they do for health insurance reform and where are their solutions. The Oracle said that he should have simply used the Chinese proverb:

Don’t Curse the DARK, Shine a LIGHT!

Everyone knows the NOPERS/HATERS have no solutions as a matter of fact they held up 19 empty pages and called it the “Republican Alternative Budget”.

The Oracle is somewhat skeptical about the New Agers. He says he has modeled their behavior and can tell how much active racial integration is occurring in our society based on how much patience is being displayed by that group with the President. The degree of anxiety and lack of patience would not be as high as it is if they were actively engaged in the African-American community. His advice to New Agers:

First get an African-American friend.

Second PATIENCE!

The New Age will not be realized in 10 months!

As the West African proverb goes:

“When you’re RIGHT, you can afford to be PATIENT”!

One thing the Oracle wanted the New Agers to know is that they greatly outnumber the NOPERS/HATERS regardless of how loud the Right Wing echo machine sounds.

The Oracle tells me that he is especially amazed at how much attention Democrats/Progressives pay to Right Wing media players like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh. He says that Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity are consumed by the Guilt of Their Failings. Whether it is Limbaugh who built a following preaching about the failings of the druggies in our society while being guilty of the same sins, all three men in their educational failings, or their failures to stand up to the challenges in this world. These individuals have never reconciled with their failings and those demons haunt them every moment of the day. The American Public has to live the personal conflicts that are waged inside each of these men on a daily basis. Many of us are drawn into these battles of personal demons with them and quite frankly some of us simply like to watch and be entertained by the display of their inner conflicts. They are paid handsome salaries as a result.

But for those moving forward no legitimacy should be spared on these clowns. The time spent watching, listening, and analyzing them is valuable time that is being taken away from making our nation a more perfect union. These clowns should be laughed at each and every time they open their mouths. This was an old trick used by slaves against slave owners. Simply laugh. It would drive slave owners stark raving mad. It got so bad that laughing barrels were introduced. Since we don’t have to put our heads in laughing barrels these days let’s hear the bellows all over this land. The louder the laugher the less effective and serious the ramblings of these clowns become.

Our political institutions have been plagued with dishonesty, deceit, and hypocrisy in recent years. Electing an African-American as President is having and indirect effect of cleaning up our politics because of the natural tendency to overachieve and ensure those in the administration keep their noses clean and those in opposition exhausting themselves and their resources in their hunt to discredit it.

If Barack doesn’t do anything else in his Presidency he has given America the opportunity to raise her standards and to once again behave with dignity and integrity. And let’s not forget the most critical contribution that he has given us. He has motivated and empowered a new generation and awakened a seasoned generation to take the reins of our institutions and to willingly serve with integrity and within principle. The standards of merit in our country have been raised considerably because of the simple act of electing an African-American as President. So don’t be alarmed or surprised at the behavior of Congressman Wilson, look at the benefits being derived from Obama’s election.

The Oracle has one final comment on the President and how he likes to end his speeches with the phrase, “God bless you and God bless America”. Well the Oracle shared with me a saying from a well-known African-American Minister named Dr. Frederick Price who says:

You’re not BLESSED until you have become someone else’s BLESSING”.

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How To Lose An Election

Well Team, the weezle has been on lockdown since the election but I’m back ready to take on our new administration and its policies. But before getting into that, I thought we should do a lessons learned exercise to help the Republicans with the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Well to start I can think of 100 reasons why John McCain lost the election. Please add to the list in case I missed some.

100 or more ways in which John McCain lost the election

1.       John McCain

2.       Sarah Palin

3.       Cindy McCain

4.       The Economy

5.       The House of Representatives

6.       Crude Oil

7.       Nursery Rhymes like, “drill-baby-drill”

8.       The Republican Party

9.       Phil Graham

10.   Sean Hannity

11.   Poor judgment

12.   Elisabeth Hasselbeck

13.   Rush Limbaugh

14.   Bill O’Reilly

15.   Homes

16.   Hatred

17.   Deceit

18.   Hypocrisy

19.   George W Bush

20.   Dick Cheney

21.   Rev Wright

22.   Father Michael Pleger

23.   William Ayers

24.   Bernadine Dohrn

25.   “Joe The Plumber”

26.   “Tito The Builder”

27.   Kevin James

28.   Tucker Bounds

29.   Pigs, pit bulls, and moose

30.   The Straight Talk Express

31.   Tina Fey

32.   Katie Couric

33.   David Letterman

34.   The Blackberry

35.   The Computer

36.   The Internet

37.   Knowledge

38.   Intelligence

39.   Education

40.   Community Organizers

41.   Iowa

42.   Ohio

43.   Pennsylvania, especially Western Pennsylvania

44.   Indiana

45.   Wisconsin

46.   Florida

47.   North Carolina

48.   Virginia

49.   New Hampshire

50.   Colorado

51.   Nevada

52.   New Mexico

53.   Kenyan Witchdoctors named Bishop Thomas Muthee

54.   Mitt Romney

55.   Rudy Giuliani

56.   Steve Schmidt

57.   Richard Davis

58.   “My Friends”

59.   Country First

60.   Michelle Bachman

61.   Green Backdrops

62.   Public Campaign Financing

63.   Age and temperament

64.   Town Hall Meetings

65.   Terrorists

66.   Socialists

67.   Poor Judgment

68.   Mike Huckabee

69.   Wall Street

70.   Officer Mike Scott

71.   Keith Olbermann

72.   Rachel Maddow

73.   Miss Buffalo Chip Beauty Pageant

74.   Joe Lieberman

75.   Charlie Crist

76.   Germans

77.   Blogs

78.   Joe Six-pack

79.   Political debates

80.   Iraq

81.   The surge

82.   Iran

83.   Bombs

84.   Sturgis, South Dakota

85.   Rev Rick Warren and the Saddleback Church

86.   “Iranian Al Qaeda Extremists”

87.   “Liberal Conservative Republicanism”

88.   The Bridge to nowhere

89.   Hockey Moms

90.   Religion

91.   Bigotry

92.   Neiman Marcus

93.   Colin Powell

94.   Hurricane Ike

95.   Lipstick

96.   Geography

97.   Wasilla, Alaska

98.   Russia

99.   The whole wide world

100.  And finally, “That one”!

I may not get there with you!

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life — longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I MAY NOT GET THERE WITH YOU. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything, I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 1968

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.

Robert F Kennedy, 1966

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

John F Kennedy, 1963

Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.

Abraham Lincoln, 1858

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My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy.

President Gerald Ford (1974)

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