In 2010, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia and the four other corporate plutocratic minded justices forced the lawyers presenting a suit directed at a portion of the McCain Feingold Campaign Law into a wider question of campaign finance law. This new case as directed by Scalia and the four other justices was to decide if the First Amendment included money as free speech, along with the perverted idea that corporations are people with free speech. This case came to be known as Citizens United, and opened the floodgates for corporations to buy elections and our democracy.
Two years later, Scalia was interviewed by CNN about how he and the four others came to the conclusion that corporations are people and that money was speech. Scalia presented that the Founding Fathers would have approved the decision of his Supreme Court Five. Further, Scalia stated, “I think Thomas Jefferson would think that the more speech, the better.”
I do not believe that the honorable justice took the time to look up Jefferson’s opinions of corporations and banks. I took the time to so.
Jefferson: “I hope that we crush … in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
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“Paper money is poverty … it is the ghost of money itself.”
“Vast accessions of strength from their younger recruits, who have nothing in them of the principles and feelings of ’76 now look to a single and splendid government of an Aristocracy, founded on banking institutions and moneyed in corporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry.”
Jefferson and Madison also wished to add to the 11th Amendment that it would be illegal for corporations to own other corporations, give money to politicians or to try to influence elections. Further, corporations would be chartered by the states for the primary purpose of serving the public good. Corporations would possess no legal status of natural persons.
I think that Scalia never actually took Jefferson’s thoughts under consideration in his opinion, and then lied to the press about his conclusion using Jefferson as cover.
“Let monopolies and all kinds of oppression be carefully guarded against.” — Samual Webster