Popular Mandate (or: It Turns Out They Were Telling the Truth All Along)

January 22nd, 2011

In honor of the one year anniversary yesterday of the Citizens United ruling, inspired by GOP House leaders see corporate donations surge (Washington Post 1/22/11), 3rd Circuit Rules that Corporations May Invoke Personal Privacy Exception to FOIA Disclosure (Digital Media Lawyer Blog 10/12/09), and Supreme Court Rules Corporations Are People, Spending Is Speech (Law.com 1/22/10).


“We hope President Obama will now respect the will of the people, change course, and commit to making the changes they are demanding. To the extent he is willing to do this, we are ready to work with him.” – Speaker of the House John Boehner
 
“All of us – every single one of us – voted ‘no.’ Because we were listening to the people who elected us.” — then Minority Leader Boehner at CPAC last year, explaining why he and all his Republican colleagues voted against healthcare reform
 
“Across the country right now, we are witnessing a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government, and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the people.” – then Minority Leader Boehner after the midterm elections
 
“An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down longstanding laws and institutions and scorning the deepest beliefs of the American people… Like free peoples of the past, our citizens refuse to accommodate a government that believes it can replace the will of the people with its own.” – GOP Pledge to America
 
“For two years, the Republican minority vowed to return power to the people. Now the House Republican majority is asking lobbyists which regulations to repeal, hiring lobbyists to key staff positions and hobnobbing with lobbyists at big-ticket Washington fundraisers.” — Dana Milbank
 
(i) Republicans follow the will of corporations.
(ii) Corporations = People
? Republicans follow the will of the people.
— Me


I always thought Republicans were lying

When they claimed they with the will of the “people” were complying.


But it turns out it’s really true,

Since corporations are people too.


It turns out they do have the people’s mandate

(As long as you the word “people” with corporations equate).


It turns out the “people” have taken back control

(As long as you measure that with corporate money instead of a poll).


It turns out you are loyal to the “people” who elected you

(As long as that means doing what corporations want you to).


It turns out you did want to give the “people” their power back

(As long as that means leading the corporate anti-Obama attack).


It turns out they do want to enact the “people’s” will

(And as long as the corporations keep paying, they will).


It turns out they are listening to what the “people” say

(The corporate people, anyway).


What words mean depends on how you define them

(That’s particularly useful when you in a Supreme Court ruling enshrine them).


I finally get it; it’s all so logical

(As long as the words “people” and “corporations” are tautological).

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Read Unity for more about how Republicans falsely claim to be representing or listening to the “will of the people.” Or, click here for our hypocrisy series.

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