Money Isn’t Speech. Corporations Are Not People. R’s & D’s are both in the wrong.

These are two great videos, I’m so glad I took the time to watch them. The middle class is shrinking while (alliteration alert), capital, cash, and control continues to concentrate in the hands of corporations which do not care about the common good. This point is made clear in these two short clips from Jon Stewart on the Daily Show – this part wasn’t on the broadcast, but is only on the internet. We cannot simply blame Democrats, or blame Republicans – the problem is both of them have a myopic vision of our society and the world. Mark Twain was perhaps the best American satirist ever – Jon Stewart is the best for our time. When the jack-in-the-back comedian is one of the only ones making the larger point… you have derailed as a society. Robert Reich is making a lot of sense, too. He says the takeover of Washington by corporations is “a moral crisis.” Watch these with an open mind.

I’m concerned about who Jesus was concerned about:   

“31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

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  • Den

    "When Texas executes one," in regard to a corporation being a person…

    Well, I don't know that Texas has executed a corporation, but they had one commit suicide a few years ago. Remember Enron? Closest thing to a fatal self-inflicted wound I can think of. There have, of course, been other corporations that got so full of themselves, and thought they could get away with anything, that they also imploded under the weight of their own hubris. Some of the executives that were responsible for those corporate suicides are still in prison – where they should be. No, I don't have much sympathy for corporate execs that do those sorts of things.

    John Stewart and Robert Reich made for fascinating TV. It's pretty sad when the comedy news show has more engaging discussion than the so-called "serious" news shows. Between The Onion and The Daily Show, the yuck-it-up people have the news business pretty well sewn up.

    Thanks for sharing these clips, Tim. I hope we get the citizen uprising that was talked about. Until we do, we'll just have to keep fighting brushfire battles.