Or... "Corporations Don't Have Faith."
I've blogged more than once on the incredible cynicism of the United Stated Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2001). That atrocious decision created the logically, legally and morally unsustainable view that corporations are "people," and that they have rights to contribute to political campaigns as an exercise of their "free speech" rights, rights that all "people" have under our Constitution.
The issue in that case was whether or not corporations could create "super-PACs" and influence elections disproportionately. Being a conservative-stacked and minded Supreme Court owing to the right wing republicanism that got the majority in position, it was distressing, but not surprising that the decision in Citizens United was one that has damaged, and will continue to damage, the nation's political landscape, the majority of its people, its reputation, and the very core of the values we continue to claim for its founding. In short, the Citizens United decision was a travesty, and, as predicted - both by myself and by thousands of other legal commentators and thinkers - its reverberations continue to do harm in ever more creative ways.
For a corporation to claim "personhood" is a direct lie. A corporation is not a "person." As I've said in other blogs, a person is a "person." People have thoughts, feelings, nerve impulses, and consciences developed by biological evolution and the by the process of society. Corporations are paper constructions designed to maximize the intake of dollars and the distribution of same. There is nothing inherently evil in the corporate model; it's done wonders for the world's economy. There is something tremendously evil, ignorant and hypocritical, however, in suggesting that the corporation is more than what it is. I've always argued that there's something inherently evil - and societally reckless - in allowing the individuals who make decisions to maximize profits (often at the expensive of morality, law, safety and lives) to immunize themselves from personal accountability for what they've done, simply because they did so in service of the corporation.
That corporate reality is the only corporate reality that humanity has experienced; self-serving commercials, websites, and charitable contributions notwithstanding. Anybody who is intellectually honest, regardless of their position in society and regardless of their education, knows what a corporation really is. When people talk out of their rear-ends about the Citizens United decision and how "fair" it is for corporations to behave like "people," they're lying to themselves and to anyone who happens to be listening. I don't care if they're a Judge, an attorney, or if the person holds 11 PhD's. They know that what they're saying is nonsense; unless they're saying it in a political echo-chamber where everyone else is lying to themselves as well, anyone who listens to the nonsense knows it for what it is.