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Jim Hightower
Otherwords / Op-Ed
Published: Monday 19 December 2011
Making clear that corporations aren’t people takes people power.

Missoula’s Supremely Important Vote

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In November's elections, the national media gave extensive coverage to a proposed "personhood amendment" to Mississippi's state constitution. This extremist, anti-choice ballot initiative declared that a person's life begins not at birth, but at the very instant that a sperm meets the egg.

However, extending full personhood to two-cell zygotes was too far out even for many of Mississippi's anti-choice voters, so the proposition was voted down.

Meanwhile, the national media paid no attention to another "personhood" vote that took place on that same day. This was a referendum in Missoula, Montana on a concept even more bizarre than declaring zygotes to be persons with full citizenship rights.

It was a vote on overturning last year's democracy-killing decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the now-infamous Citizens United case. A narrow, five-man majority had decreed that — abracadabra — lifeless, soulless corporations are henceforth persons with human political rights.

Moreover, said the five justices, these tongueless entities must be allowed to "speak" by dumping unlimited sums of their corporate cash into our election campaigns, thus giving them a far bigger voice than us real-life persons.

Missoulians, of course, cannot single-handedly overrule the Supremes, but they can be at the forefront of a grassroots movement demanding a constitutional amendment to reverse the high Court's perverse ruling.

And that's just what Missoulians did, with a whopping 75 percent of voters calling on Congress to send such an amendment to the states for prompt ratification.

We can all be Missoulians. People in California, Colorado, Maine, Vermont, Wisconsin, and elsewhere are pushing such resolutions. For information on how to get your city and state to join in this call, visit this website

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ABOUT Jim Hightower
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

Progressive Democrats of

Progressive Democrats of Northern Arizona along with a coalition of local groups and concerned citizens are gathering signatures on a petition which we will bring later next year to the Flagstaff, Arizona City Council. Thanks for posting this and thanks to Missoula!

No you sillies, haploid cells

No you sillies, haploid cells are not protected. Look it up.

Mr. Rigney, It is Mississippi

Mr. Rigney, It is Mississippi where you can be drawn and quartered for wanking off one. Montana wasn't considering that question. They were voting to tell those nine nuts on the Supreme Court that corporations are not people therefore are not able to vote, nor run the country like they wish. We all need to get on the bandwagon with Montana and let the Supreme Court know that we aren't stupid enough to believe that corporations are people. IMHO

You mean to say that in

You mean to say that in Montana, I would be guilty of murder for jerking off? For Real? It don't get any stupider than that.

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