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The Big U.S. Corporations: What About Some Patriotism for America?


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Big Corporations, July 4th, Ralph Nader, Patriotism, America )

Dandelion
- 511 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
The 4th of July is an ideal time to call out these runaway corporate giants who exploit the patriotic sensibilities of Americans for profit and, in wars, for profiteering, but decline to be held to any patriotic expectations or standards of their own.



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Terry V. (30)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 5:53 pm
GREED GREED GREED

"There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the earth as if it were a business in liquidation."
~ Herman Daly

"Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants." ~ Stewart Udall
 

AWAYNOW M. (463)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 11:23 pm
Thank you Sheryl....your news is always thought provoking! Corporations UGH!!! No words needed since I don't see anything that would change!
 

Christeen Anderson (539)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:23 am
Thank you for this post. Corporations are all about money and they do very little for us on the home front. It's a terrible shame.
 

Gloria picchetti (299)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 2:32 am
There is nothing here for anyone except the wealthy.
 

John B. (158)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 4:42 am
Thanks Dandelion for posting the link to the excellent article by Mr. Nadar and the link to the names of the corporations. Ralph has it right:
"The 4th of July is an ideal time to call out these runaway corporate giants who exploit the patriotic sensibilities of Americans for profit and, in wars, for profiteering, but decline to be held to any patriotic expectations or standards of their own."
Read and noted.
 

Deb E. (63)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:19 am
They aren't American anymore. Their stockholders are from all over the world. Their goals are to own this country and they could care less about the people who have allowed for this country to exist.Thanks for the article and happy 4th!
 

Edwin M. (356)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:44 am
They may call themselves Americans but I have another name for them, thanks Sheryl
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 7:06 am
I am still proud to be an American, but I deplore what our government has turned into. Not to mention Corporate in bed with the politicians. The real American public is being screwed big time and our founding fathers would be staging a revolution!
 

Angelika R. (144)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 7:06 am
Thx Sheryl. EVERY DAY is an ideal day for that actually and I'm asking myself what do you really have to celebrate on July 4 ?? I was not too sad that ecards weren't working on C2 as I did have issues with the term of "independence" .. guess you'll know what I mean by that.
 

Susan Allen (218)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 7:25 am
Noted and shared.
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 7:38 am
Shared this one, ty Dandelion!
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 7:55 am

Maybe Egypt should remind the citizens of the United States, that we too need revolution. We have an election system besotted by the monied corporations. We have long forgotten freedom in favor of letting the system do our thinking. Independence requires taking responsibility and a few risks.
 

lee e. (114)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 8:17 am
Thanks Sheryl, great thought provoking post! I agree with Angelika - but sent out cards for those who like them and to have a fun day, but I'm afraid I have little patriotism left as I see democracy fade from this once great country - now alas it needs as Kit says, another revolution - one that rids this country of corporate ownership of government and the corporate abuse of this country's citizens!
 

Terrie Williams (772)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 9:34 am
I didn't send out any because the term 'Independence' no longer applies to this nation now under Fascist rule.....not that I send out that many cards to begin with LOL. But ...especially not today. I agree with my peeps. It's time for something and Egypt is showing us how. I trust no corporation....NONE. Thanks for the article Sheryl.
 

Michael M. (59)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 9:55 am
Here is move to amend's website, from which yu can sign this petition

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Only 1/4 million have signed, so perhaps it is worth trying to add a couple million e-signatures....

(I was attending and trying to assist this back in the early 2000s, before some urgent issues arose due exactly to large special interests.

Here is a eastern US tour - these are informal and worth your attendance ,to learn the history of the corruption and WHAT YOU CAN DO.
https://movetoamend.org/july-11-18-move-amend-mid-atlantic-tour

It mentions David Cobb with whom I'm acquainted. He is pretty energised and is the voice of the movement out in the West.(I only ceased my little participation due to the wolf here being unwelcome at meeting center. (Until the wolf species is welcome on his own continent, I have no interaction with those who reject this one)

Back East, look up John Bonifaz of MA - he is highly involed.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 10:56 am
lee, you may have more (lots more) REAL patriotism than those out waving flags. Those of us who are working to the best of our ability to bring the USA back to its ideals (or just, to its ideals, since some were never practiced) are the real patriots.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 10:57 am
Thank you Michael for additional information. To Sign the Petition on Move To Amend, go to the link below.
Petition Move To Amend
 

Aurea Walker (211)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 4:02 pm
A
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 4:39 pm
Good article, thanks Dandelion. I also clicked the link to sign up for Nader's actions...surprised I hadn't done that yet. I also signed the MoveToAmend petition awhile back. I even attended a meeting several months ago here locally.
Dumbya always used to talk about exporting our Democracy when he wanted to invade Iraq. Looks like that's happened now....Egypt gets democracy, we get a fascist plutocracy. I am so tired of the continual battle to preserve what's left of the Bill of Rights....but will continue pressing forward to save what's left, and fight for the future. The bravery of people like Ed Snowden make me feel insignificant comparatively, though.
 

Sherri G. (113)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:02 pm
"I will believe Corporations are individuals when Texas executes one". There are so many excellent comments here. Noted and signed Petition To Amend. TY Dandelion for posting and well done Mr. Nader.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:08 pm

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Texas to execute a corporation, a human oh hell yes! Oh yeah, I'm so proud of our new drive-through executions in Texas, saves waiting time for those pesky stays, not that one is coming from the Texas governors office. Yeah, I'm just bursting with pride that we have killed 500 people.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Thursday July 4, 2013, 6:58 pm
Get Real. The corporation flow too much money into politicians.
 

Pat A. (116)
Friday July 5, 2013, 12:00 am
Excellent article - thanks Dandelion - I quite agree - though I was surprised that more CEO's didn't go in for the utter full throated hypocrisy of saying the words - then ignoring them completely.
 

Arild Warud (169)
Friday July 5, 2013, 1:31 am
What matters to these corporations is the bottom line,Gr€$D before Patriotism anyday.
Thanks for the post Sheryl.
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Friday July 5, 2013, 8:30 am
In my opinion there is very little to feel "patriotic" about in America today. The greedy bastards are busy destroying this country and the principles upon which it was supposedly formed...all in the name of making money for themselves. I will only feel "patriotic" when the people have succeeded in becoming more interestedt in the common good than in the wealthy becoming more wealthy. We must begin teaching our children respect for others and to admire honesty and thoughtfulness instead of greed and competition only.

The fact that we glorify the sights and sounds of war time as a celebration of this country I have always found disturbing. I don't find it exciting at all to hear the "bombs bursting in air,' I find it disturbing. When will we learn to value peace and harmony over war and conquest? It's our choice to make every day.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Friday July 5, 2013, 2:05 pm
Good point, I've always felt that the song with the line "bombs bursting in air" should be retired. It may of been acceptable in the time frame from which it was written but I believe we need to move forward and not be stuck in some historical place that doesn't bring the best out in us.
 

Judy C. (109)
Friday July 5, 2013, 4:46 pm
Ralph Nader is right, as usual. We are so clueless in this country that we let these damned corporations turn us into slaves, loot our economy and park most of the proceeds offshore, and then give them more welfare, and more tax breaks!

Nader says: "In an age of increased jingoism about freedom and American ideals, the comparative yardsticks of patriotism should be applied frequently and meticulously to the large U.S. corporations that rove the world seeking advantages from other countries, to the detriment of the United States."

We need to create a template or set of standards for a patriotic corporation, so that we can systematically evaluate corporations' values, and especially their actions. If they are not serving the common good, they should get the hell out. Thanks, Dandelion.
 

Edith B. (143)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 11:17 am
Thanks, Sheryl. I noted and shared on Facebook, also signed the petition. Good luck with the new browser.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 11:41 am
Thanks Edith, it's working to send messages. Anyone reading this if you can't send, reply, or forward a message on C2 download Google Chrome for free, and then you'll be able to do so.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (386)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:16 am
They pledge allegiance to the dollar.
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 5:47 am
In case my point wasn't clear above, it is the "bombs bursting in air" represented by FIREWORKS that I'd like to see retired. The glorification of war needs to stop in this country. I know this is antithetical to American ideas of patriotism, but there are other values that we could glorify. Think about community, fairness, equity, justice, respect, inclusion... and on and on and on are those values that are so much more worthy, in my opinion, of our honoring rather than those loud, showy spectacles that Americans have been sold as "patriotic" representation of the American character. Unfortunately, it IS too much such a representation. Those who live overseas are very familiar with "ugly American." I hope we will eventually learn that is not our real character. It'll only happen if the rest of us keep fighting against the corporate welfare system.
 

Nancy C. (806)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 8:52 am
We need a 3rd party in control and a new national anthem...ty Sheryl for the article and topic of discussion. BTW, I got you on your first line Caitlin. Our anthem should speak of freedom, patriotism, a diverse soul, and one heart. We should be celebrating life, employment, liberty, healthy bodies and food, safe and sound infrastructure, happiness and shared compassion for each other and mother earth. I don't want an American Dream, I want an American Reality.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 10:59 am
Aho to that. Glad you understood what I meant. I agree, a strong 3rd Party and wrench this control out of these two good for nothing Parties that have both seen their better days.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 4:02 pm
green stars all around!
american corps should be ashamed..they should have a conscience since they are deemed people right?
HA!what goes around DOES come back around, so let them enjoy themselves, cuz it wont last
history DOES repeat itself
THX Dandelion
 
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