Is Colbert right - Mitt Romney is a Serial Killer?

Comedian Stephen Colbert is taking the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision to its logical conclusion. As Colbert flirts with the idea of running for President in South Carolina – his SuperPAC just launched it’s first negative attack ad – going after front-runner Mitt Romney. Noting that Romney believes corporations are people and that Romney made a living slicing up and killing off corporations – Colbert’s SuperPAC called Romney a “serial killer.” Colbert is actually registering - albeit in the single-digits - in South Carolina Republican polls. Similar SuperPACs are outspending candidate campaign in South Carolina by a 2-to-1 margin. Citizens United has made a mockery out of our democracy – even before Stephen Colbert highlighted it – and the only way to prevent our democracy from being sold to the highest secret, billionaire or corporate bidder is to pass a constitutional amendment that says corporations are not people and money is not speech. Go to


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Blanche Beecham 12 years 23 weeks ago

If Corporations are people with free speech, even if it isn't mentioned in the Constitution, then can't one also say the same of Unions? Why is the GOP wrapped up in the protection of for profit corporations, yet ready to silence the freedoms for unions? Are unions less of a person?

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DRichards 12 years 23 weeks ago


Could you have

Steve Horwitz


Bleeding Heart Libertarians

on you show?

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Palindromedary 12 years 23 weeks ago

Steven Colbert may be attacking Mitt Romney as a killer of people (corporations) as a kind of joke but if one looks into how many real people may have died as a result of Mitt Romney's destruction of people's livelyhoods then he may actually be responsible for having killed real people. How many people got sick and died because they didn't have access to timely medical care because they couldn't afford it after being laid off? I guess they were just "collateral damage" in Romney's war of economic pillage and plunder. In America, they used misnomers like "heroes", "bravery", and "sacrifice" to describe our military who has committed criminal wholesale murder in countries we illegally invaded and occupied. And we use euphemisms like "collateral damage" to cover our criminal and negligent trashing of civilians. So these well-to-do snotty brats, many born with a silver-spoons, and other greedy maggots who stole and cheated their way up, can get away with acting out in the same manner when they trash American lives who were not born to such high and respectable positions as they were. We're all trailer trash to them and they really don't want us to share in the economic well being of this world. In fact, I believe that there is a secret program to depopulate the world by these ruling elite. That freaked out guy on Art Bell all those years ago, during which the satellite went dead knocking them off the air for 20 minutes, may have really been on to something. I mean, really, who has the power to knock out a satellite when they want to disrupt something they don't want people to hear?

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Palindromedary 12 years 23 weeks ago

Chris Hedges is suing Obama:

"The act authorizes the military in Title X, Subtitle D, entitled “Counter-Terrorism,” for the first time in more than 200 years, to carry out domestic policing. With this bill, which will take effect March 3, the military can indefinitely detain without trial any U.S. citizen deemed to be a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism. And suspects can be shipped by the military to our offshore penal colony in Guantanamo Bay and kept there until “the end of hostilities.” It is a catastrophic blow to civil liberties."

"But I suspect the real purpose of this bill is to thwart internal, domestic movements that threaten the corporate state. The definition of a terrorist is already so amorphous under the Patriot Act that there are probably a few million Americans who qualify to be investigated if not locked up. Consider the arcane criteria that can make you a suspect in our new military-corporate state. The Department of Justice considers you worth investigating if you are missing a few fingers, if you have weatherproof ammunition, if you own guns or if you have hoarded more than seven days of food in your house. Adding a few of the obstructionist tactics of the Occupy movement to this list would be a seamless process. On the whim of the military, a suspected “terrorist” who also happens to be a U.S. citizen can suffer extraordinary rendition—being kidnapped and then left to rot in one of our black sites “until the end of hostilities.” Since this is an endless war that will be a very long stay.

This demented “war on terror” is as undefined and vague as such a conflict is in any totalitarian state. Dissent is increasingly equated in this country with treason. Enemies supposedly lurk in every organization that does not chant the patriotic mantras provided to it by the state. And this bill feeds a mounting state paranoia. It expands our permanent war to every spot on the globe. It erases fundamental constitutional liberties. It means we can no longer use the word “democracy” to describe our political system.....

...The supine and gutless Democratic Party, which would have feigned outrage if George W. Bush had put this into law, appears willing, once again, to grant Obama a pass. But I won’t. What he has done is unforgivable, unconstitutional and exceedingly dangerous."

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PhilipHenderson 12 years 23 weeks ago

Mitt Romney is a murderer. Corporations are not people my friend. Corporations are businesses that operate under rules established by people. If corporations are people they would not only be born, they would have a life span and someday die. I suggest changing the law so that corporations must dissolve after twenty years; not change names and assets, but dissolve completely. Twenty years is a good long life for a corporation.

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heyjoe 12 years 23 weeks ago

so we elect an ax murderer? He has a specific M.O., marry them, take their money and or chop them into pieces and sell thier body parts. Sometimes he just divorces them after raping them so it's not all bad. any questions?

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George Reiter 12 years 23 weeks ago

To be a Republican today, one must be Rich, Cruel, or Ignorant. And, they are not mutually exclusive! What we see today goes beyond greed and now manifests itself, plain and simplly, as cruelty!

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David Cantrell 12 years 23 weeks ago

I would like for someone to show me where in the u.s. constitution the word CAUCUS is legitimate. Politicians are supposed to be elected by popular vote, not by a caucus. Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of thebest quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just
Pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
Than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
For re-election.

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2950-10K 12 years 22 weeks ago

Mitt's greedy rampage has caused a tremendous amount of misery for large numbers of honest and hard working citizens..... he certainly killed off the American Dream for many.

The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision not only makes a mockery out of our constitutional democracy......"govt. based on consent of the people" overthrows it and sets up a constitutional oligarcy......" a society in which wealth is the criterion of merit and therefore a few of the very wealthiest should have all of the control."

As far as I'm concerned this fits the dictionary definition of treason and the five radical justices should answer to "We The 99%"!

Everyone occupy the courts Friday and fight on!

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arky12 12 years 22 weeks ago

Maybe we could get Texas to execute Mitt? But seriously, I've wondered if the way that corporate charters have mandated that their #1 priority is to their shareholders and to make a profit isn't a part of why there is so much greed. Apart from just plain greedy people. Couple that with Corporate personhood and money is speech and you;ve got a nuke ready to detonate.

Gary11606 12 years 22 weeks ago

If Corporations want personhood so bad, give it to them, including the right to be put in prison, including ALL officers and boardmembers. Rather than letting them get off with fines, even where deaths have occurred. If crimes are committed, let 'em rot in jail.

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Palindromedary 12 years 22 weeks ago

Mitt Romney is a murderer?
On the other hand, just what do you think Obama has been responsible for....all of the murders of innocent civilians in the Middle East...the drone attacks and helicopter gunships mowing down civilians...even children...was all done on Obama's (and Bush's) watch and with his consent. I think he has Mitt Romney beat. May the best mass murderer win the Presidency!! not!! !! !

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RepubliCult 12 years 22 weeks ago

i believe there is a larger republican agenda in play here, given the growing list of Supreme Courtesan rulings that scream out for an amendment to The Constitution. Imagine, if the USA becomes so entangled by our own reprehensible high court rulings that there is a widespread call for a Constitutional Convention!!! And imagine if it were to take place with republicans having substantial power, and democrats still behaving like spineless wimps. Even without a clear republican majority they could extort and bully the wimpy democrats into scenarios that plays out like these: I'll trade you one amendment to do away with Citizens United, in exchange for 3 amendments for 1) supermajority for tax increaase, 2) balance budget, 3) prayer in schools. And then we'll do away with Buckley vs Valeo in exchange for 1) electing senators by state representatives, 2) abortion is banned, 3) flag burning... If there is such an agenda in play, don't fall for it! A Consitutional Convention will be the end of American as we've tried to build it.

So, all that said, I believe it is really worth considering OTHER ways to fix Citizens United. Of course these proposals would be challenged and would ultimately be decided by the high court. BUT by then hopefully we'll have different judges on the high court who'd take the opportunity to reverse Citizens United. And that effort would be more attainable than a consitutional amendments.

Finally, let me share some proposals as I'd written in a NY Times response to a piece by Gail Collins:

Granted, Citizens United and Buckley-Valeo are appalling decisions that beg for amendment remedies. But simpler, less arduous fixes could be tried, such as limiting the price charged by networks for political ads thus putting them in the price range of any citizen - not just SPACs. Another idea is requiring networks to air opposition ads before the next billionaire's SPAC ad can be run again. Neither proposal requires amending the constitution, and can go a long way in fixing the damage done to our election process by the Supreme Courtesans to our election process. Networks might complain, but they need to understand we don't have elections in America to bolster their bottom lines. And yes of course, it would also help enormously to appoint better justices to the highest court than we've had in recent years.

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Palindromedary 12 years 22 weeks ago

I think the networks understand it just the way they want to and there is nobody, with any spine (or even desire) to change it. The Democrats are in the same game of deception, even more so, than the Republicans. It is a grand old game of deception by those with the money to keep those without....deluded that voting will make a difference... and will only amount to false hope for change. This keeps the voters placated, or distracted, for a little while until they realize that the game is rigged. Some people still don't get it and still think that voting for Obama will make things all better. Obama is out to destroy social security and keep us in the games of war and conquest and tightens the noose around the necks of the 99% ever as much as any Republican...his actions prove it.

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Elioflight 12 years 22 weeks ago

Rock Center with Brian Williams had Colbert on last night talking about this issue. Ted Coppel was the interviewer. All the Rethuglican presidential candidates interviewed claimed they did not like the Super Pacs. A wealthy contributor to the SPs was not shy in admitting that he expected to get something for the money he had contributed--he mentions getting rid of the EPA so that he could do unfettered business--code for unhampered profits--isn't that bribery--caught on tape and aired on public airways. An advertising exec talked about how commercial ads have to be vetted by the FCC before they air, but that political ads fall under free speech, protected by the Constitution. I don't know about you but I'm pretty sure that slander and lies are NOT protected under the Constitution. So I guess Colbert can call Romney anything he wants--but I don't think that Colbert is exaggerating on his point.

The sooner we get a Constitutional amendment to declassify corporations as people (undoubtedly the most idiotic of Supreme Court rulings ever) and have publically funded elections, the sooner we can get back to the democracy.

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Clarissa Smith 12 years 22 weeks ago

Of course this joke proofs, Mitt Romney's "Corporations are people my friend" is entirely ridiculous. We liberals talk and talk, trying to convince the last Americans who don't understand so soon. This great joke reaches the brains of the very least Americans just like that. And makes Romney look entirely ridiculous. More, more, more of that kind!

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MaryMary 12 years 22 weeks ago

2950-10K Unless you are a judge, or a least a constitutional lawyer, please don't give us your legal opinion. I've noticed a trend in posts by you. You want everyone else to do the work, while you sit back and pontificate. What a hypocrite.

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2950-10K 12 years 22 weeks ago

Reply to post 18

Please don't give "US" your legal opinion??????

Who designated you to speak for anybody other than yourself? Maybe you haven't noticed but this is a progressive site. Anyway read again....... I said dictionary definition!... Treason:1, betrayal of trust or faith;treachery 2, VIOLATION OF THE ALLEGIANCE OWED TO ONE'S SOVEREIGN OR STATE; BETRAYAL OF ONE'S COUNTRY, SPECIFIC, IN THE US (AS DECLARED IN THE CONSTITUTION).

I've noticed a trend in your posts, very little contribution other than short criticisms, judgements, and attacks against those of us wanting a better society for all. Maybe it's time to reflect on your own pompous pretentions and admit why you would make a comment like you did!

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stersource 12 years 22 weeks ago

And say AMF to unions If both go then we have anarchy!!! Unions were allowed to do what corporatipons can now do.

This is so much sanctiomoniius BS And union thugs wil NOT let you vote in THEIR elections unless you show id!!!!!

Think about that hyprocrisy!!! AMF OMG Obama Must GO back to kenya OMG OMG!!!

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stersource 12 years 22 weeks ago

What about unions' thugs??? I've been told how the seiu, teamsters, and other unions extort money they still do it (they sell some expensive time share), keep teh money, and F*** the hard working laborers, who pay, no, are extorted, for dues. A friend of ours was dating the laborers union business rep. Limos, expensive meals and hotels all paid for by laborers which I once was. It's modern day slavery!!!! Down with the unions!!!

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Clarissa Smith 12 years 22 weeks ago

On stersource's idiotic raving:

Here's a bunch of teabagging idiots swarming indeed. Every normal, common American can see, these aren't normal Americans. These are just insane individuals. They just swarm everywhere, because they're so racidal. Actually they're anarchists, because their extreme libertarianism is amazingly close to extreme left anarchism -- pure chaos. They stand for chaos and they talk like chaots. No wonder they talk about "revolution". Which actually do communists. Just radicals.

By the way: HAPPY RECALL WISCONSIN! These brave fellow Americans actually demonstrate, having a big mouth, destructive talking doesn't help. Constructive action does. And we will take Wisconsin, as finally the HOUSE back!

After the most reasonable GOP candidate dropped out of the race: who will vote for that nuthouse in November? Only nuts.

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stersource 12 years 22 weeks ago

Hey Just pay more taxes!!! And be happy leave the rest of us alone!! From Addison to Luxemburg to Wasau to York, people all over Wisconsin are happy as hell about their reduced taxes under Gov Walker!!! Who are you to complain about people paying fewer taxes? If you don't like it, I will contibute to a fund to send you to Kenya!!!

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Clarissa Smith 12 years 22 weeks ago

You're one of the thoughest potential intensive therapy patients I ever met. Now you wanna send even me to Kenya, or what? LOL

For people like you we really must improve 'Obama Care' next year!

YEAH, Obama cares!


P.S.: You might be happier on one of the FOXnews' hosts blogs. Which means: you're probably WRONG here. Don't you think so? I mean, you sound rather unhappy here. Okay, Miss Smith's homework for you: Ponder that point...... ;)

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MaryMary 12 years 22 weeks ago

2950-1k You choose to call the US Supreme Court with treason, because of something you read in a dictionary. Like I said before if you are not a judge, a constituntial lawyer, and I'll add Attorney General, your opinion is useless, and makes you look dumb. My guess is you are a low level government employee, frustrated by his lack of success. So you attempt to tear down the successful. You are correct in seeing very little contribution coming from me. I'm a teacher. I teach how to think, not what to think. I don't pretend to have any answers to problems. I will however point out errors I see in logic and reasoning. If I am wrong in my assesment of your idea, prove me wrong. Attacking me for showing your faults, only proves my assesment is correct. Lastly, you say you want a better society. Does that society include me? The 1%, republicans, conservatives, tea party members, non union members or any one else who disagrees with you. You are a hypocrite. I'll even save you the trouble of looking up the definition. hyp·o·crite




a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.


a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

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Clarissa Smith 12 years 22 weeks ago
Quote MaryMary:I'm a teacher
@911: Hello, we need help!

I kinda enjoyed the sophisticated discours with MaryMary; now this individual admits to be a teacher -- doubtlessly one of those threatened subjects the Republicans consider useless, not unlike firefighters, postal workers and policemen.

No Sir, this can't be a Republican.... Probably playing the part of the devil's advocate. Otherwise this would be highly suicidal....

Whatsoever, this is an issue of an endangered species, so you got to help!

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MaryMary 12 years 22 weeks ago

Clarissa, Yes I'm a Republican, non-union joining, high school public school teacher, in Maryland. We have the best public school system in the USA. Believe me, there are plenty of us Republican teachers here. We are not endangered, we are subversives.

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Clarissa Smith 12 years 22 weeks ago
Quote MaryMary:We have the best public school system in the USA.
Nope, you got to join the Baptist home schooling system in the Nashville area. That would be a lot safer!

Some mean unionist must have bitten you.... Sorry for that. :(

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MaryMary 12 years 22 weeks ago

No Clarissa, I wasn't bitten by a unionist. I became a teacher to make a difference. I consider teaching a profession like law or medicine. I don't believe professions should unionize. Professional associations are OK, but not unions. Plus, it's more fun working without a net, keeps me sharper.

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anotheRedhering 12 years 22 weeks ago

corporations are a tool designed to give rich people the duplicity of personhood. it used to be true that one person one vote could mean something. but now a wealth-hoarder can buy a corporation (or a few dozen) and they now have multitudes more power than an the average person. they are now able to give greater than the maximum donations to elections (through their corporate shell game). they are now able to amplify their voice though subservient employees.

the game must be called out for what it really is. a loophole in the doctrine of fairness. it must be called out and stopped.

b4ecotopia 12 years 22 weeks ago

I am so grateful to Colbert and Stewart for emphasizing the problems with Super Pacs. In that same vein, I was wondering if we could push for all celebrities to start a Super Pac? Wouldn't that be awesome? I'd be so ridiculous that it'd drown out politicians and they'd have to get rid of them. That's the end goal. Anyway, we could call it Super Pacs For Celebrities! Kind of catchy, huh?

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Phaedrus76 12 years 22 weeks ago

Actually Blanche all unions are incorporated, therefore they get the same rights under Citizens United, but they don't have the same amount of money.

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Phaedrus76 12 years 22 weeks ago

For every $ paid in dues, union members get $20 or more in pay, versus their non union workplace brothers. From UPS vs Fedex, to carpenters in AZ vs NV, the cost of dues is far less than the extra pay, plus pensions plus having a voice at the workplace plus the healthcare coverage plus the life insurance benefits.

Add in the costs to society, in AZ where so many of the "free" workers wind up on food stamps and medicaid, because employers in AZ pay far less in wages and benefits.

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andycarroll321 11 years 48 weeks ago

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