Monday 25 January '10 show notes

Monday 25 January '10 show notes

  • Today's newsletter has details of today's guests and links to the major stories and alerts that Thom covered in the show, plus lots more. If you haven't signed up for the free newsletter yet, please do. If you missed today's newsletter, it is in the archive.
  • Quote: "If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution" -- Abraham Lincoln.
  • Guests:
  • Topics:
    • What will a brave new America look like now that corporations are king?
    • Labor takes on the banksters!
    • Corporations are people too?!
  • Bumper Music:
  • Article III, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.

    "The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office."

  • Amendment XIV, Section 1, Constitution of the United States

    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age,* and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State. ...

    *Changed by section 1 of the 26th amendment.

  • Member of the day was Blue Mark, who won a copy of "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class – And What We Can Do About It" for blogging:

    Let’s force the courts to confront the fiction of corporate personhood.

    Let’s have a corporation (that is over 18 years old) register to vote in its state and city of incorporation. When that registration is rejected – sue in Federal Court. If it is accepted – have someone sue in Federal Court to remove it.

    Either the courts will have to reject the concept of corporate citizenship that United Citizens is based upon, or they will accept it, and the backlash should move Congress and the States to Amend that misreading of the Constitution out of existence.