Really, Romney?

The favorite soundbite from presidential candidate Mitt Romney this week from his performance in Iowa was the one about corporations being people. It sounded like his justification was that corporations were made up of people, therefore they were people.

Under that rational, churches, my kid’s book club, and unions are also people. Thus, Republicans in Wisconsin are taking away the rights of these people to exist. Can you do that and still call yourself pro-life?

If corporations are people, then every time Romney bought one, he broke the law, and every time he dismantled one he committed a heinous act of brutal murder.

And if businesses are people and we are giving them tax breaks and subsidies, then I want them too. Cause I’m a person too. Do I not count because I am not an organized group?  I could develop multiple personalities if that would help.

It’s not just Mitt who is promoting this ‘corporations are people too’ sentiment.  After all, it was the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case that enabled his stance. And to a point, I understand; that at a certain level of our society those in power at the corporations use these organizations as representations of themselves.

But as a presidential candidate Mr. Mitt needs to understand that to the rest of us, only people are people. That corporations do not represent us, but are the agencies of our culture who take power and control away from us. You just befriended them instead of us.  In Iowa.  Iowans take relationships seriously. Handshakes, a person’s word, and signatures still mean something in Iowa. Those are the things that people are made of in Iowa.

Mitt will get past that gaff, just as he’s gotten past all the others he’s made. But as we enter into a more serious phase of the campaign, the real people of this country need to be more real about who they want making public policy of their behalf.  This isn’t a game, people. This isn’t about theories on who this country is supposed to be run for and by, this is about us – the real lives of real people.

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