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The U.S. Supreme Court has again granted corporations constitutional rights many thought were available only to individuals.  First Freedom of Speech to Super-Pacs that they might buy elections; and, now Freedom of Religion to closely held corporations that they may deny health care contraception coverage to employees.  But, we know that corporations are not people. Corporations are not born; they are organized to make a buck.   Corporations are mercenary.  They have one religion – the bottom line.  That our highest court is willing to put corporate existence on a level with personal existence is sad commentary on our culture. If the corporate board-rooms had their way, child labor would still be permitted.  Yet our highest court has now endowed these mock creatures of capital with human concerns about religious freedom and political expression that must be protected.  But, who will protect us from these corporations?

(To tune of “People,” by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, from 1964 Broadway show “Funny Girl”)

Corporation people
Aren’t people like we know
In the world
Call them persons
Artificial persons
They don’t feel what we feel inside
Are moved by net profit’s tide
Like machines, not people
Real people

Are very handy people
Corporate people use workers
In their world
There were children
Our very precious children
Working long after light
Yet working late into night
For pennies paid to enslave

Until some brave people
Who were people
Ordinary people
Told those non-people people,
“Not in our world!”

Lyric ©  2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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