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a 19th century warning on the impeding takeover of America by corporate greed monsters...

"corporations have been enthroned . . . . An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people . . . until wealth is aggregated in a few hands . . . and the republic is destroyed."

-Abraham Lincoln (shortly before his death)

a country that was created in the highest interest to become free of corporate manipulation turned on itself

no surprise, that seems to be the way the cookie crumbles

"President Lincoln's warning went unheeded. Corporations continued to gain power and influence. They had the laws governing their creation amended. State charters could no longer be revoked. Corporate profits could no longer be limited. Corporate economic activity could be restrained only by the courts, and in hundreds of cases judges granted corporations minor legal victories, conceding rights and privileges they did not have before.

Then came a legal event that would not be understood for decades (and remains baffling even today), an event that would change the course of American history. In Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad, a dispute over a railbed route, the US Supreme Court deemed that a private corporation was a "natural person" under the US Constitution and therefore entitled to protection under the Bill of Rights. Suddenly, corporations enjoyed all the rights and sovereignty previously enjoyed only by the people, including the right to free speech."

in conclusion:

"The unofficial history of America™, which continues to be written, is not a story of rugged individualism and heroic personal sacrifice in the pursuit of a dream. It is a story of democracy derailed, of a revolutionary spirit suppressed, and of a once-proud people reduced to servitude. " -Kalle Lasn

ahh the irony! If you create a free country, that freedom may be taken for granted and used against the people who that freedom was created for in the first place. Will we ever learn? Government is for the ones with ego overflowing out from their eyes. Would I die for other peoples comfort in a greed laden society, hell no.