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Progressive Activism
By Jim Guenther


May 18, 2012

My recent credo of beliefs certainly raised some hackles on the necks of my right wing brethren. I supposed that it would have such an effect and anticipated a healthy debate in return. I appreciate those of you who offered some defense of your own opposing viewpoint and disregard those few others whose response degenerated to insults and patronization. Enough said about that.

I would like to respond to a few specifics of your various retorts and will limit my topic today to that of corporations being people, as one responder insisted. Really? Because they are made up of people? I respectfully disagree. I think corporations, in and of themselves, are neither good nor bad, and that their one and only expressed purpose is to create profits for shareholders. Should multinational corporations then, headquartered in the United States, be given the power to greatly influence American elections? Do they deserve to have more financial power for electoral influence than human American citizenry? Because of the Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission ruling they have been given the status of an American citizen, nay, much more power than any American. What single other corruption has the potential to so negatively affect our most sacred right, the right to participation in the election of our leaders?

Another responder agreed that corporations were not people but stated that they were given this power by the IRS, a "creation of the Democrats." Citizens United is a right wing conservation organization whose primary ambition is to elect conservative Republican candidates. They presented their case before conservative judges and won. We, the American people, lost.

Jim Guenther
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Proud educator who taught 25 years in Alaska and believes in a healthy debate among citizens of a great America."

Received May 11, 2012 - Published May 18, 2012

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