So the first real question we should be asking is why don’t we do it? If we don’t do something to exert more power over our representatives than the special interest groups, then we will never have a truly representative government. So the first order of business is to identify why these groups are allowed to have so much influence and understand the legal mechanism they use to let them get away with it. Until we understand what these people are doing and how they are doing it, we can’t stop it. So that’s what this project is all about. It’s really about standing up and telling these people “you don’t get to do this anymore.” And in order to do that, we need to know exactly what it is that we are not going to allow them to do.
People inclined to abuse their power almost always do it with the same old technique of lies and deception. In this case, the dirty little secret about why corporations are allowed to directly interfere with our government is simply because they exploited a loophole they placed in the Constitution. Yes, the Constitution! Once that loophole was in place, they did what they always do. They used their wealth to hammer away in court with lies and deception aimed at getting the judicial system to award their corporations constitutional human rights protections, protections that were only intended for living, breathing human beings.
Over 120 years ago the most powerful corporations (railroads) saw their big chance to eliminate undesirable constraints the government imposed on them by planting a loophole in the Fourteenth Amendment, which was written to give equal rights to former slaves.
In legal descriptions, corporations are known as “artificial persons” and human beings are known as “natural persons.” When the 14th Amendment was written, it didn’t refer to the humans it was intended for by the proper terms “natural persons.” It was written using only the word “persons.”
When you look more closely at what happened you discover that by some strange coincidence, two ex-railroad attorneys were appointed to the committee that wrote the Fourteenth Amendment. I don’t think it’s a big stretch to imagine that this term “persons’ was intentionally chosen for exploitation down the road.
If you know anything about the law, you know that language is everything. The precision of language is the whole point of legal documents. Therefore, we should not see it as mere coincidence that a legal document as important as an amendment to the Constitution uses language that leaves room for such specific ambiguity. Evidence of this consciously manipulative and subversive act lies in the fact that virtually all the litigation citing the Fourteenth Amendment as a defense was brought by corporations, not former slaves, after the Amendment was officially adopted.
Section. 1. ALL PERSONS born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
No honest person, attorney or judge would affirm that the Fourteenth Amendment was intended to protect “artificial corporate persons.” This specific wording was a deliberate act designed to allow the wealthiest people, through corporations, to manipulate our legal system into affirming the Fourteenth Amendment should apply to them, the argument being that they are a person, artificial or not, and as such should be awarded the same constitutional protections as any other person. Long-story-short, they literally stole human rights protections and conned us all into believing it’s just the way things should be.
Now this event may seem like no big deal, and for certain, this is what those who committed this crime back in 1866 want us to believe. But this act should be seen for what it is . . . a treasonous act which subverts the Constitution of the United States for personal gain. Every corporate officer and attorney that has exploited this loophole and any judge that has affirmed this distortion of intent has taken part in this subversion whether they know it or not. By exploiting this little word “persons” and finding judges that would go along with it, “artificial corporate entities” have been given all the same protections as any “real person,” including freedom of speech, the primary protection that legally allows them to directly lobby and manipulate the legislation and policies issued by OUR representatives, OUR government!
This was a carefully orchestrated conspiracy that continues today in order for the wealthiest people to escape the constraints that were originally put on their corporations to prevent them doing exactly what they’ve done: abuse their wealth and power to corrupt everything in their path. They have been allowed to rampage the halls of Congress for that last 120 years because of the manipulation of one little word, placed in one little sentence, in one critical legal document. They then rammed it home through the relentless litigation required to turn it into common law. It’s one of the worst examples of how those with money and power twist legal conventions into the form that allows them to legally do whatever arguably criminal activity they want.
The good news is that we can do something about it! The only reason it has been allowed to continue is because none of us knew about it. Now that we do, we just need to demand legislation be written to revoke human rights protections for corporations and overturn any judgments to the contrary in the piles of case law on the books. Until that happens, we can’t legally kick out the corporate lobbyists. So, first things first is what I say!
How do we accomplish this? Sitting politicians, ALL bought and paid for by corporate special interest money (Note: the same groups fund both parties) certainly won’t lift a finger. So, nothing is going to happen unless WE MAKE IT HAPPEN. Since the only tool we have to effect change in our government is our vote, we simply have to use our vote in a way that none of us have ever used it before. We have to stop using our vote the way the politicians have conditioned us to use it. We have to use our vote for OUR PURPOSES, which would be to kick out every single person in the House of Representative and 1/3 of the Senate in one-fell-swoop! We need to tip the Congress on its side, shake vigorously till everyone falls out, then fill it with fresh new faces, armed with the mandate to immediately begin writing the legislation required to revoke human rights protections for corporations. We let all the new faces know that if we don’t see that legislation in short order, they ALL will be voted out in the next election. Period! No debate. We do this until we get the legislation WE WANT. Once we have it, we can legally remove the single most destructive, corrupting influence in our government – corporate lobbyists!
If we ever hope to get control of our government, we have to get serious about it! We have to stop being sucked into the petty, partisan political game that is purposely designed to pit one extreme ideology against the other in order to keep us arguing and divided. Playing the political game the way the politicians expect us to play effectively splits our votes right down the middle, virtually neutralizing it’s potential power. Every election we claim we want change, and every election the two-party political machine identifies the emotional “hot button issues” they know will suck us into their idea that the whole point of the political process is which party controls the Congress. We need to stop being so naive and acknowledge that the wealthy people own and control both parties. They couldn't care less who controls the Congress. We need to WAKE UP, look just below the surface of the grand political performance and we’ll see that the transnational corporate agendas are consistently being advanced regardless of which party is in control. It’s classic misdirection and we fall for it all the time.
The power of our vote can only be experienced when we are united, when we use it to speak with one voice. We just need to snap out of it and decide to ALL AGREE ON A COURSE OF ACTION THAT WILL ACCOMPLISH OUR PURPOSES RATHER THAN THE PURPOSES OF THOSE IN POWER. If we can simply all agree to use our vote to clean house, in just one election, we can take back our government just that fast. There’s nothing stopping us except the massive mental conditioning the two-party political machine has drilled into us for generations.
We have been allowing greedy people to dictate the values and policies our country follows simply because we didn’t know how and why they were getting away with it. We no longer have the excuse of not knowing. If we can’t put aside all our differences long enough to take the action required to fix this problem, AND IT IS FIXABLE, we don’t deserve anything better than what we’re getting. If we can’t dig down and find the backbone that is at the heart of what being an American is supposed to mean, and demand those values should once again be our guide, then we are doomed to be a sleeping nation, unable to stand up to the people lording over us. We have to stop being so passive and complacent. Our government isn’t going to solve anything for us, unless we do something totally unexpected. We need to stop the endless ideological arguments and simply organize around an actual course of action. The time for debate is over. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION! We simply need to all agree we’re going to KICK THEM ALL OUT and take back our government. End of story.
Our goal is to have this plan in the hearts and minds of every eligible voter in a year and an intense national resolve for the next election. History will show the American People finally stood up and fought the Second Great American Revolution, which they won in a single day, election day, without firing a single shot. Please join me in making this vision a reality. If we all simply decide to do it, we can effect the sweeping change that WE ALL WANT virtually overnight!