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August 11, 2011

Romney: My God, You’re Just Human Beings?

Romney Corporations are People

Sure, it was stunning when Romney said corporations are people.

Perhaps even more telling, however, was his sudden, shocked reaction (the practiced unflappability gone in a millisecond) when people started laughing out loud. Like a tense throwback to the “George Bush Sr. supermarket scanner incident,” this corporate barker demonstrated not-an-ounce of sensitivity to the fact there are two Americas, as he stands there defying the reality of the other one. Guess you paid for the flag, too?

In a funny visual quirk, it looks like Romney is juggling the balls from a street lamp in his hand. They could as well have been silver spoons.

(video via americanbridge21st.)

  • tinwoman

    He said, “Corporations are people, my friends”.

    Play around with that a little bit…..”Corporations are people—they’re my friends”.

    Yeah that’d work.

    Got nothing on the picture, sorry.  He’s a clown, and I don’t why he or his daddy George Romney were successful.

  • http://www.serr8d.blogspot.com/ Serr8d

    Corporations are made up of people, you LeftLibProgg neo-Communist socialists. What, you think the decisions corporations make are made by machines? You think the board members are automatons? You think their successes in the business world should be based on a Socialist agenda? Sorry, they exist to keep Capitalism alive; to keep people employed, and yes, to keep good people in the money. Not to provide for those who expect something for nothing, just because they happen to live in America.

    Coming from a group who pushes hate-speech and rhetoric attacking the ‘evil rich’, denouncing anyone who is successful and has a few dollars more than you, this sort of anti-Capitalist, anti-American thought is unsurprising.

    You should spend more time trying to understand why American is flat-broke, dying before our eyes. We’ve allowed Socialists to find a way to vote themselves monies from the Treasury and, just as de Tocqueville predicted, that heralded the end of the Republic, and the rise of common tyranny. Thanks! FDR, and LBJ and all the rest of the bleeding hearts who’ve brought this nation to this point.

    Next stop, you won’t so much care for one little bit, I’m thinking. Good luck.

    • http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ Ralfast

      Interesting.  A lot of things are made of people, like corporations, nations, cities, and societies. Of course not of that fits in into the Randian/Social Darwinist world view expressed above.

      Actually corporations are strawmen of the law. You don’t need assets nor people to make a corporation. And as far as their goals, they have no loyalties except to their profit margins, an amoral goal at best.

      But by all mean, bow down to your corporate ghostly masters, as they pick your pocket, corrupt the system and then flee for greener pastures.

      Also, you better retake American History 101, since it is obvious you fail with a big F.

    • glenn

      Of course, corporations can also be phantoms, too. Like the shadowy corporation W Sphann LLC that formed itself so it could donate $1 million to Romney’s PAC and then dissolve itself. It employed no one, occupied no real estate, and didn’t even own a desk to sit a non-existent ass in. It was born of nothing and died without a trace three months later. It’s only purpose was to conduit money.

      You defend that? You want to grant that kind of entity more power?

    • psychohistorian

      You are seriously ignorant sir or madam.  

      We have spent centuries with the class war model with a side of religious fascism and its time we laugh the global inherited rich and their useful idiots like you out of control of our global society.

    • Kathybva

      Houses are made of bricks, but we don’t call houses bricks.

    • granolafication

      here in Michigan we see the benevolence of corporations in action. Detroit, once a thriving industrial center, is now desolate as the auto makers vacate for cheaper labor elsewhere. Yes, it is the free market in action, and it has dire consequences for the individuals who make up the lower echelons of the organizations.

      If corporations are people, than are people corporations? I mean, is a Ford assembly line worker a corporation just as the board of directors is? I am doubtful that the board asks for votes from individual workers.

      Corporations are surely a reflection of the realization that collectives can be stronger than individuals, but to me this does not make them individuals. It clearly makes them groups of individuals and while corporations are entitled to have goals and make decisions, it is probably not a good idea to consider them as individuals when they are clearly much stronger than any one member. Corporations are given a lot of freedom in dictating how their employees behave, especially when it comes to what individual employees say publicly or in the workplace. In essence, the corporation becomes a governing body within the larger body of the State, where rules that apply on the State level (1st Amendment protections etc) do not necessarily apply in the corporation.

      The capacity for a corporation to exist as a dictatorship within a democracy is why this leftist is concerned with this new equation.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ac.missias AC Missias

    Well, of course corporations are *made up* of human beings, but the “corporation = person” equivalence has a lot more weight in current discourse as a legal standard, or even a legal greater-than, as individuals are limited in their contributions/influence while corporations have free rein (and as business interests increasingly seem to trump the public interest). Romney is less showing his silver spoon here than his deaf ear with regard to how this dominant meaning (and the whole Citizens United decision) rankles the public at large.  The audience probably couldn’t believe he would say such a thing as a straight line.

    • http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ Ralfast

      Money as speech means More Money=More Speech.

  • Stella

    Plastic – the shirt, the flag, the man.

  • Momly

    So is Soylent Green.

  • Anonymous

    He looks extra relaxed, if not unemployed in that polo shirt

  • http://profiles.google.com/fatunga robert e

    “In a funny visual quirk, it looks like Romney is juggling the balls from a street lamp in his hand. They could as well have been silver spoons.”

    You missed a good one Michael: Three balls is the traditional symbol of pawnbrokers, derived from an early crest of Florence’s wealthy and powerful Medici family.

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      Brilliant: how ’bout 3-ball crest for the campaign logo!

  • granolafication

    corporations are made up of people but where does the brain of the corporation lie? it must be within the board of directors, but do they speak for every member of the corpse?

    the brain gets a lot of attention as it is one very fascinating organ, but it is also subject to the wills of the body: the stomach, heart, lungs, etc. the corporation as super-organism is akin to ant colonies or bee hives. the workers and soldiers exist as castes while the queens dictate how many workers and soldiers. but is the ant colony embodied entirely by the queen? do the efforts of individual workers mean nothing?

    this line of thinking to me implies something fascist. the corporation-as-person analogy implies a unified collective. the board of directors is probably the “brain” but the brain cannot fully represent each organ. as it stands, many directors of corporations will be willing to lose “organs” so long as the brain stays profitable. since the brain controls the “higher” functions such as symbolic thinking (self image, strategic interests), it is easy to give too much credit to the brain when not enough thanks is given to the muscles that convey the corpse into greener pastures. the brain is but one part of a system yet takes all the credit, just as in a corporation’s board of directors.

    Romney of course will get more money from corporate elites by claiming corporations are people in and of themselves, just as he probably thinks in his misguided way that he has a soul that dictates who he is when really it is just the tyranny of his own brain.

  • granolafication

    corporations are made up of people but where does the brain of the corporation lie? it must be within the board of directors, but do they speak for every member of the corpse?

    the brain gets a lot of attention as it is one very fascinating organ, but it is also subject to the wills of the body: the stomach, heart, lungs, etc. the corporation as super-organism is akin to ant colonies or bee hives. the workers and soldiers exist as castes while the queens dictate how many workers and soldiers. but is the ant colony embodied entirely by the queen? do the efforts of individual workers mean nothing?

    this line of thinking to me implies something fascist. the corporation-as-person analogy implies a unified collective. the board of directors is probably the “brain” but the brain cannot fully represent each organ. as it stands, many directors of corporations will be willing to lose “organs” so long as the brain stays profitable. since the brain controls the “higher” functions such as symbolic thinking (self image, strategic interests), it is easy to give too much credit to the brain when not enough thanks is given to the muscles that convey the corpse into greener pastures. the brain is but one part of a system yet takes all the credit, just as in a corporation’s board of directors.

    Romney of course will get more money from corporate elites by claiming corporations are people in and of themselves, just as he probably thinks in his misguided way that he has a soul that dictates who he is when really it is just the tyranny of his own brain.

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