Thursday, January 21, 2010

Free Speech!

I'm so sorry, dear reader. I continue to fail to respect you. I have taken you for granted, and I think it's fair to say I sometimes don't even believe you exist. Sometimes I'm pretty sure that you are a projection of my fantasies.

But one thing I know you're not is the collective rendering of a bought impulse. What kind of idiocy has taken over our land? The supreme court now can't even tell the difference between an individual with a heart and mind, and the rendered position of people who are willing to sell their enthusiasms for a paycheck. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with working for a living. But I am saying that there should be a legal distinction between a person and a corporate entity. You can support the company's widgets, but I doubt you want to be beholden to the company's philosophy.

If you're like me, you might even be creeped out if the company has a philosophy. If it does, it should be called a church, and we know how we feel about those corporations being involved in politics. Don't we? Isn't there something about it in our Constitution?

If corporations want to publish anything at all, and if you want to read it, or watch it, or subscribe to it, I have no problem with that. But stay the hell away from my government, which is of the people, by the people and for the people. Your rights, if you're a corporation, are determined in the marketplace. That should be enough.

And I have to apologize for putting too much personal stuff in here. I don't really care that much if you like me. And people who do like me aren't all that comfortable with being dragged into this. It's between you and me. Sometimes I screw up. Sorry.

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