It’s a fair if not perplexing question that should be asked of current and future candidates for public office. If Corporations are people, as Mitt Romney famously argued they were in 2011 at one of his political events, when will the newly tilted-far right U.S. Supreme Court agree to hear a case that argues corporations should be accorded the right to vote, now that they are allowed to spend money in elections pursuant to First Amendment free speech rights?

With the ascension of ultra-conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, an core promise that President Donald Trump campaigned on in 2016, is it just a matter of time before the new radical court takes a case making the argument that if corporations are people for the purpose of free speech, why can’t they also be people for the purpose of voting?

Republicans strive at every election to limit or suppress the rights of real people to vote, so why wouldn’t they see such an opening as a god send to advancing their anti-people agenda, where real people are cut off from social safety net benefits, as they are declared to be scofflaws by not showing more personal responsibility? Meanwhile, corporations are treated with kid gloves with every effort given them to reduce the taxes they pay, the regulations they should follow and their personal responsibility to play a proportionate role in making society a better society for everyone, young or old, rich or poor, healthy or sick.

Maybe this is a good, and relevant, question to ask candidates for public office next year, especially those who want to be Ohio’s next governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and attorney general? Maybe it’s even a better question to ask candidates for congress, especially those who want to be a senator since they get to weigh-in on supreme court confirmations?

Isn’t voting a demonstration of American-style free speech, enumerated by extension in the Bill of Rights, that the nation goes to war over so other nations not bathed in the liberty that’s part of the country’s heritage can see the light, then change from their dictatorial, authoritarian ways to embrace the tenants that undergird the lamp of liberty that lights New York harbor?

“The history of the amendments to the Constitution is, in one sense, a history of the expansion of certain political freedoms, including voting. At the Founding of the United States, many groups, including landless white men, slaves, free blacks, and women, could not vote. Much has changed since then. Almost a third of the amendments added to the Constitution after the Bill of Rights was ratified concern the ability to vote.” [Source]

 

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