Regarding the recent really bad decision by the Supreme Court to allow corporations to bribe politicians as never before in our country’s history, I liked these comments on the WRH web site:
In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned century-old restrictions on corporate spending in elections under the guise of protecting First Amendment free speech rights. …
Corporations, however, are inherently not the same as individuals and thus cannot have the same protections as individuals. There are a slew of laws that protect corporations and their interests in the arena for which they are by definition formed—namely the marketplace. The laws that govern corporations and the rights enjoyed by them are distinct from the laws and rights of individuals. A corporation, for example, can enter into contracts like an individual, but unlike an individual, a corporation’s members can be protected by limited liability so their personal assets are not at stake.
If a corporation is a legal person, then under the 13th Amendment they may not be owned by, nor may they own, other persons (corporations).
If the 13th Amendment does not apply to a corporate person, then neither does the 1st.
A corporation is not engaging in free speech. Corporations are not sentient. At best they are immortal imbeciles unable to speak much less vote under the total control of their owners/guardians. The owner/guardians are normal human beings, and while they may spend as much of their own personal fortunes as they wish to exercise their right of free speech, spending the assets of the non-sentient creature in their charge may be misappropriation.