Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
January 21, 2010 is a date that will go down in infamy. It is the date the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United and declared that corporations are people, money equals speech, and campaign finance reform that limits the amount of money a corporation can donate to political campaigns is unconstitutional.
This decision paved the way for the obscene amounts of money that were spent in the 2010 and 2012 elections and emboldened groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to write “model” laws for their elected minions to pass.
Happy peasants nationwide celebrated the third anniversary of corporate personhood on Friday, with the biggest celebration being a mass wedding on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange. With the Devil and hundreds of Occupiers as witnesses and Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping officiating, seven brides pledged their allegiance to seven corporate persons, and in turn, the corporate grooms promised to dominate and “own” them for the rest of their lives.
Here at home, Occupy Tucson activist and former mayor candidate Mary DeCamp wore her wedding dress to the federal court house in downtown Tucson, hoping to meet up with her corporate honey.
“My fondest desire is to wed Ray Theon – he’s da bomb!” DeCamp said. “And I hope to use our honeymoon pillow talk to end his addiction to those dreadful drones!”