When I talk about the restoration of individual rights, I’m not talking just about a return to habeas corpus, a rededication to the Constitutional principles upon which this country was founded, and an end to torture and show trials, but I also mean that we need to be rededicated to privileging the individual over the corporation.
Take, for instance, taxes.
I love a good fight over whose hard-earned tax dollars are being wasted on what and how it’s unfair that rich people should have to pay so much, blah blah blah.
But who is a legal person who’s all the time getting tax incentives?
Not me and you.
I mean, when was the last time Nashville offered you money to keep you from leaving the city?
We argue about Uncle Sam in our wallets, but why aren’t we insisting Uncle Sam get a firmer grasp on the money in corporate coffers? If corporations are legal persons, why aren’t they paying taxes like legal persons?
But it’s not just that. It’s that we are at the whim of corporations who blow off our mountain tops, pollute our air and water, and negotiate deals with local governments to look the other way. Erin Brockovich aside, most of us can’t sue our way into getting these corporations to do right by us. We need the government to step in and monitor this stuff and to impose consequences in ways that we, as individuals, cannot.
Clearly, this ties in with my other two platform… platforms? Ha, I suck as a politician. But I would like to see a party be a party of the people and not be in service to corporate interests.