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Let corporations vote

Many argue that corporations have the same rights as U.S. citizens. That as artificial persons they have the same rights to free speech and equal protection as you, me, and each individual employee, manager, CEO, and shareholder. They are like one big gigantic citizen.

It was merely an oversight by our founding fathers that they are not specifically included in the Constitution.

At that time there weren’t any, and the unfair business practices of the East India Company probably still left a bad taste of tea in their mouths. Congress has continued to ignore the needs of our fellow artificial brothers.

Fortunately for us we have nurturing justices to protect their rights. Never mind that when you want to speak to your fellow artificial citizen face-to-face, or even on the phone, you can’t. Never mind that they are not accountable to you or your fellow citizens, but only to their business plan. Never mind they can’t go to jail. They don’t need clean air or food, and they don’t have any emotions except for the ones designed by their marketing department. So what! Let’s let them into our voting booths!

Mark Selverston

Nevada City

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