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Individual liberties have become corporate liberties

If there was ever any doubt who the Tea Party is fighting for, it isn’t you. Yes, I know, they pretend that they are fighting for regular American people, but I guess they were confused by the recent Supreme Court ruling, because is seems like the “people” they are fighting for aren’t actual people, they are corporations.

A coalition that includes thirty-five tea party groups sent a letter to the FCC that is strongly against net neutrality. Their reasoning? Because net neutrality would limit the free speech rights of corporations (namely, the big telecoms that control the backbone of the internet).

But what got me really going was a quote from Jamie Radtke, the chairman of the Virginia Tea party Patriot Federation (one of the groups that signed the letter to the FCC). Radtke says:

There are so many assaults on individual liberties — the EPA, net neutrality, cap-and-trade, card-check; the list goes on — that sometimes the Tea Party doesn’t know where to start its battles.

In case you didn’t notice, none of those things she mentions are really “individual liberties”, they are all big issues that multinational corporations oppose. The tea party may not realize it, but they have been co-opted by large powerful corporations.

In other words, they are either frauds or they are corporate tools.



  1. deciminyan wrote:

    If corporations have the RIGHTS of people, then they should also have the RESPONSIBILITIES of people.

    Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  2. jjosport wrote:

    Oh, they realize they’ve been co-opted. They were never co-opted, it’s the backbone of their existance.
    Corporations and individuals are treated differently by law for a variety of reasons, one of them being that corporations take away the personal responsibility of individuals actions.

    Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 3:38 am | Permalink
  3. Bert and/or Ernie wrote:

    Frauds or tools?

    Is both an option?

    Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 9:24 am | Permalink