Should Corporations Have the Right to Vote?

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Steve Lavin
Steve Lavin (R) Montana

Montana corporations, long overburdened by the injustices of taxation without representation, retirement benefits, or marriage rights, can breathe a little easier now that Montana House Rep Steve Lavin is on the job. Not to rest on the laurels after an attempt at sanctioning road kill as legitimate meat, Rep. Lavin can now add “champion of corporate suffrage” to his resume. He's no Susan B. Anthony, but he's certainly doing his level best to make a mockery of the woman who was.


According to Montana House Bill 486, authored by Lavin, if enacted, corporations which hold legitimate property in Montana will be allowed a vote by proxy (given by one of their corporate officers) in municipal elections:


“...if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote in a municipal election...”


Lavin's bill ushers in a myriad of questions that invariably lead to slippery slopes. However, given the rapid decline of reason prevalent in a Republican party who recently nominated a man to the presidency who'd actually defended the rights of corporations during a political rally with the words “Corporations are people, my friend,” these are questions worth asking now rather than on the bottom end of the slope.


Will corporations be allowed to marry? Each other? Humans? How about divorces? These questions are, or at least should be laughable in and of themselves, but those unthinking few who are more interested in winning by all means necessary, including subverting the point of law are making too many of the decisions, and are far often, like Rep. Lavin, members of the Republican party who by some inexplicable stroke of bad luck have been given keys to the halls of legislature. 


Clearly, when the Supreme Court of the United States voted on Citizens United, ushering in a whole new era of campaign finance, it was never their intention to give corporations suffrage. The very notion is absurd in that while financially, corporations are entities, in truth they should serve us. To use them as an avenue to increasing one's influence in politics on the basis of privilege is unconscionable and is the quickest road from democracy to oligarchy.


How did this bill even get on the Montana House floor? Moreover, How did Rep. Steve “Roadkill- It's-what's- for- dinner” Lavin?

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