Marking the Anniversary of the Citizens United Decision (Part I)

FAN Action Commissioner Rhett Engelking, SFO submitted this Letter to the Editor on the Jan. 21 anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Two years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court reasserted the personhood and 14th amendment protection of corporations by rescinding efforts to deny unlimited campaign contributions to candidates. (Watch a video of Sen. Russ Feingold talking about the decision.) Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney declared “Corporations are people, my friend.” Citizens have reluctantly accepted corporate personhood. However in America, corporations are not persons … they’re gods.

The modern for-profit corporation was forged by a legal fiction of first Gilded Age. This person, who I call Mammon, has lived over 125 years. Like other gods, Mammon is a boundless, conscienceless immortal with no soul to save or body to incarcerate. If Mammon spilled 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the ocean, he can’t be jailed. Mammon could command $16 trillion in secret, interest-free U.S. government loans. Mammon can even avoid federal taxes!

In 2010, the Citizens United ruling equipped Mammon with unprecedented influence on elections. Mammon can now fund Super PAC demigods anonymously and without end! Now, I was raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and we believe that Golden Calves must be disintegrated. Only a Constitutional amendment will bring Mammon’s mortality. If we ‘Occupy the Courts,’ if we call and write our legislators, perhaps we can bring Mammon down to Earth.

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