Alex Blaze

Poor, Oppressed Corporations

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 09, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: campaign finance law, oppression, Target, tom emmer

Maybe universities should start offering classes to study the oppression of corporations and create safe spaces for them on campus. violin.jpgThey've only been people since 1886, and they've been maligned ever since. All they want to do is make a few bucks at the expense of everyone else - is there something wrong with that?

Target Corp.'s donation of $150,000 to a group backing Republican candidate Tom Emmer led to a store boycott organized by people opposed to Emmer's stand against gay rights. The Chamber cited the Target case as a prime example of how government contractors could have their right to free speech stifled if President Obama issues an executive order forcing them to reveal their political donations.

"Mandatory disclosure laws, like breaches in privacy laws, can squelch speech," Chamber spokeswoman Blair Latoff said. "The only reason proponents of these so-called disclosure provisions want to pursue this is because they want to single out organizations like Target, as they did. So what we're seeing here is the left spending potentially millions of dollars a year harassing the business community."

I can't believe how terrible people were to harass a poor corporation like Target, just because they tried to cut education funding, stop housing aid for the poor, and ban same-sex marriage. While the CEO of Target makes $13.3 million a year and has tons of cash to make politicians worship him, we really need to examine those who make minimum wage and signed a Change.org petition to see who the real monsters are.

I do love the idea of the "business community," like the African American community, the gay community, or the Jewish community, as if corporations are a cultural group that's been historically separated from the rest of society. You'd think they'd be happy enough without having to pay taxes and controlling mass culture and communications, but sometimes it's just not enough since people can still say bad things about you on small, independent blogs and radio.

No word yet on what the Chamber of Commerce is doing to help the free speech of people who don't have $150,000 to throw around, but I'm sure they're very concerned with the problem.

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It's not like universities in the U.S. (and soon, Britain) don't function as corporations.

Seeking protection/recourses from a university against corporate practices is pretty much between choosing whether to stab your toe with a nail gun or smash it with the nearby hammer instead.

"Mandatory disclosure laws, like breaches in privacy laws, can squelch speech"

I don't think it squelches speech. It simply requires them to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for the things that you say.

The idea of Freedom of Speech protects your right to say what you like. It does not, however, protect you from the repercussions of the content of your speech. If you're going to say something that's unpopular, THAT is YOUR problem.

The entire point of a corporation is to privatize profit but put the responsibility for failure on someone else. I just plain don't think they're used to being responsible for anything, so being told that they should be responsible for their political donations makes their heads explode.

I feel so bad for them and their millions of dollars made off the backs of poor people across the world.

No need to worry about those poor, oppress corporations! Obama's got their back! After all, they put him in the White House:

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cycle=2008&cid=n00009638

Compare what Wall Street and health insurance corporations gave to Hillary and McCain versus what they gave to Obama.