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Move-2-Amend - Corporations Are NOT People!

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I attended a Move2Amend meeting last night, hosted by David Cobb, who ran for President in 2004 on the Green Party ticket.

Of great interest was the origins of the legal device known as the Corporation in our nation's history. 

In colonial times, for a corporation to come into being, a Charter had to be granted but only after clearing both lower and upper houses of a state legislature + only after being approved of by the Royal Governor himself.

The basic reason for granting such a Charter for corporation was that there existed a need for such an entity in the first place, a need not already being met.

The Charter itself was only meant to last 5-10 years and had to be renewed after that time.

The Charter specifically stipulated that the entity Corporation had to act in the public interest and could not DEVIATE from its sole purpose for existence

If a Corporation ever violated it's Charter,  (i.e., it failed to operate in the public interest and/or deviated from its originally-intended purpose by engaging in other, unrelated activities) - that Charter could be revoked by the Governor.

Under these conditions, corporations of today would fail.

It was therefore a much more stringent process for approval, had much more exacting standards for conduct and behavior  and it had a set time period for duration.

Move2Amend is out in force for 2013.

The aim is to counter and demolish the notion that Corporation's are people and have the same rights.

On May 10, 2013,  there will be a National Day of Action to call for the overturning of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

Franklin Roosevelt put it best: "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of a private power to the point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.  That, in essence, is fascism."