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Tea Partiers’ message contradictory

Tea Partiers promote both free corporate markets, as well as the original intent of the U.S. Constitution. The promotion, however, is contradictory when you understand that the founding fathers intended to keep corporations on a short leash.

For example, the Boston Tea Party tax protest was more fundamentally a distrust of British corporations, such as the East India Company.

Early U.S. corporations – not yet persons – did business under tight restrictions, being chartered specifically to serve the public, with strict expiration dates (see poclad.org). If the founding fathers intended to endorse truly free corporate enterprise, you would expect corporations to have been granted explicit citizenship rights in the original Constitution, but they were not even mentioned.

If an individual was to be convicted of the reckless homicide of oil rig workers, he may well suffer a capital punishment. If a modern corporation – being a person by law – was convicted of the same crime, ought not their charters be executed in order to deter other corporate crime?

Tea Partiers can endorse either the original Constitution or free corporate markets but, to be historically consistent, not both.

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