Twelve Questions For Mitt Romney On Corporate Personhood
"Corporations are people, my friend. . . of course they are." -Mitt Romney, August 2011
Some of us are having difficulty with the logic of Mitt Romney's claim that corporations are people simply because the Supreme Court said so in 2010 and they make money for management and investors. So here are a dozen questions for him that should help clarify his understanding of corporate personhood as established by the Roberts Court's 5-4 conservative majority in the Citizens United decision.
1. When two corporations merge, does the Mormon Church recognize them as a married couple even if they are the same sex?
2. How many Texas corporations has Governor Rick Perry sent to the gas chamber?
3. Can President Obama draft corporations for combat in Afghanistan?
4. Do Massachusetts corporations have to buy health insurance under the individual mandate provisions of both Romneycare and Obamacare?
5. Does the Census count corporations as whole persons or just 3/5ths of a person in the Southern states?
6. Does the 26th Amendment give American corporations the right to vote if they have been chartered for 18 years or more?
7. Can South Carolina require that corporations produce a photo ID in order to vote?
8. How many signers of the Declaration of Independence were corporate conglomerates?
9. Can the 5-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court rule that Article II of the Constitution must be interpreted to make corporations eligible to serve as President by reading out the "natural born Citizen" clause like they did with the militia clause in the Second Amendment?
10. After the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United that unlimited corporate cash for buying mass media access is protected as "free speech" under the First Amendment, why does that not effectively establish a means test for exercising the right to free speech?
11. How can the conservative majority's ruling in Citizens United, overturning long-established precedent and reaching what can most kindly be described as a "creative" definition of personhood under the First Amendment, not be considered rank "judicial activism" in service of the GOP's right-wing corporatist agenda?
And, last but not least. . .
12. How many defunct corporations has the Mormon Church baptized so far?