Ever since Mitt Romney declared that
“Corporations are too people, some of them are my best friends!”
the Democrats, bloggers, and comedians have cried out.. Since the Supreme Court ruled corporations are people and can contribute money to political campaigns, the decision has many “people” inflamed.
In reality, the court was right by basic definition. Basic definition of “people” is that it is the plural form, and refers to “human beings making up a group or assembly linked by common interest.” (Miriam-Webster Dictionary) Given that corporations possibly might be greedy and sometimes downright corrupt, there are still human beings in charge and making the major decisions. The funny part of this is that the synonyms for people include “folks, humanity, humankind, public, species and world” while the antonyms, quite hilariously, are “A-list, aristocracy, best, choice, elite,” and so on. It would seem to me that corporations are the very opposite, the antonym, of people.
This little bit of research gives me pause when considering the “Move To Amend” possibilities. Since a corporation is a group or assembly linked by the common interest of making as much money as quickly as possible, they may still be people. Not people I necessarily care to be “friends with” as Gov. Romney contends, but people nevertheless.
What the governor might want to consider is: Just what kind of friends does he have? Are they worth keeping? We taught our children that they were judged as much for themselves as by the company they keep. Perhaps Governor Romney should beware the same.