I've spent part of the morning on Twitter expressing my regret that Chick-Fil-A's right to use its corporate profits to advocate against marriage equality is protected free speech, because corporations are people and money is speech, but Chicago (or anyplace) has no legal right to protect its citizenry against corporate-funded advocacy against their basic rights.
(Please note I'm not arguing that the private citizens who own Chick-Fil-A should not be allowed to do whatever they want with their private money; I'm just grousing about corporate donations being used in pursuit of legislating discrimination. Also: Slippery slope arguments blah blah, I believe it's eminently possible to draw clear distinctions between corporate agendas that seek to limit rights, which hurts populations, verses those that seek to expand rights, which benefits populations.)
I feel like it's super fucked-up that, in a democracy, we prioritize protecting the right of for-profit enterprise to operate anywhere with any political intent, over empowering states to expand and protect the rights of their citizenry.
I know that's the way it is; I don't think that's the way it should be.
Anyway. Whatever. There are some other progressive writers who disagree with me, and that's fine.
But of course I couldn't get through the discussion without tweets calling me a communist (sure), and then this brilliant observation:
fascist with an unhealthy BMI--> @Shakestweetz— Nice Guy Cliff (@NiceGuyCliff) July 27, 2012
LOL! It always comes back to the fat. Always.